Bontril Warnings and Precautions
When taking Bontril, warnings and precautions to be aware of include things such as the risk of addiction, the safety of using the drug when pregnant or breastfeeding, and potential drug interactions. If you have recently taken a MAOI, you should not take Bontril. Warnings and precautions also apply to people who have heart problems, an overactive thyroid, or severe anxiety.
Bontril: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Bontril® (phendimetrazine tartrate) if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid)
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eye)
- Heart problems of any kind, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, or certain irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- A recent history of heart attack
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Bontril Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Bontril include the following:
- The medication can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. This can cause problems, especially if you already have high blood pressure or heart problems.
- Bontril is chemically similar to amphetamines, which are often abused. Taking the medication for a long time can lead to dependence. Because Bontril is often abused, there are special rules for prescribing and dispensing it.
- Bontril can make glaucoma worse. Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have glaucoma.
- If you have diabetes and take insulin, your healthcare provider may need to adjust your insulin dosage, as Bontril suppresses the appetite.
- Before you take Bontril, your healthcare provider should make sure that your obesity is not caused by a medical problem.
- Bontril may affect your ability to perform tasks that require complete concentration, such as driving, operating machinery, or piloting an airplane, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. You should use caution when performing these activities until you know exactly how the drug affects you.
- Bontril can interact with a number of different medications (see Bontril Drug Interactions).
- Bontril may not be safe for use during pregnancy (see Bontril and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Bontril passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Bontril and Breastfeeding).