What should I watch for?
Notify your physician immediately if you become short of breath while doing your normal activities.
Do not take this medicine within 6 hours of bedtime. It can keep you from getting to sleep. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine and try to stick to a regular bedtime every night.
This medicine was intended to be used in addition to a healthy diet and exercise. The best results are achieved this way. This medicine is only indicated for short-term use. Eventually your weight loss may level out. At that point, the drug will only help you maintain your new weight. Do not increase or in any way change your dose without consulting your doctor.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Side Effects to watch for
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- chest pain, palpitations
- depression or severe changes in mood
- increased blood pressure
- nervousness or restlessness
- severe dizziness
- shortness of breath
- problems urinating
- unusual swelling of the legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this drug?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- medicines for colds or breathing difficulties like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine
- SSRIs like citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, and sertraline
- stimulants like dexmethylphenidate, methylphenidate or modafinil
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- medicines for diabetes