Bontril®; Plegine®; Statobex®
- It is used to treat obesity.
- If you have an allergy to phendimetrazine or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have ever had any of these health problems: Heart disease like heart failure or a heartbeat that is not normal, drug abuse, high blood pressure, or stroke.
- If you have any of these health problems: Glaucoma; nervous, anxious, or tense state; or overactive thyroid.
- If you have high pressure in the lungs.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take this drug.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson’s disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking this drug within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure. Talk with your doctor.
- If you are taking another drug for weight loss or have taken one within the last year.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this drug affects you.
- If you have been taking this drug for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and you may need higher doses to get the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call your doctor if this drug stops working well. Do not take more than ordered.
- If you have been taking this drug for many weeks, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
- Do not take this drug for longer than you were told by your doctor.
- You may have some heart tests before starting this drug. Talk with your doctor.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- People who take drugs for weight loss like this drug may have a higher chance of having raised pressure in the lungs. This is rare but is often deadly. Talk with your doctor.
- Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
- If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
- Do not give to a child younger than 17 years of age.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Mood changes.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Very bad headache.
- Shortness of breath.
- Swelling in the arms or legs.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Lowered interest in sex.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Passing urine often.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Sweating a lot.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Dry mouth.
- Not able to sleep.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Upset stomach.
- Belly pain.
- Take 1 hour before meals.
- Take 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.