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Amfepramone - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Amfepramone is used to treat obesity caused by excessive food consumption.

This medicine is meant to be taken as part of a comprehensive weight management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle change.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Amfepramone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take it on an empty stomach, 1 hour before meals.

If you are taking the modified-release or controlled-release type of tablet, swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- thyroid disease e.g. overactive thyroid
- thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries
- severe high blood pressure
- increased pressure in the eye
- agitated states
- history of drug abuse
as Amfepramone may not be suitable for you

Do not take this medicine if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI (e.g.isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine) in the last 14 days.

Do not also take this medicine with other medicines that causes loss of appetite. Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- high blood pressure
- epilepsy (fits or seizures)
- diabetes
- mental disorders
- Tourette's syndrome or “tics” (a condition characterised by uncontrolled speech and body movements)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Amfepramone.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Routine blood tests, kidney function tests, weight and waist circumference monitoring may be needed while you are being treated with this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Amfepramone may cause dizziness and blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, nervousness, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, stomach pain, diarrhoea, constipation, hair loss, and rash.

This medicine may also cause changes in menstrual cycle, changes in sex drive, and breast enlargement and impotence in men.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take this medicine if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI (e.g.isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine) in the last 14 days.

Do not also take this medicine with other medicines that causes loss of appetite (e.g. sibutramine, phentermine, amphetamine).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for diabetes e.g. insulin
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. guanethidine, methyldopa
- atomoxetine (medicine for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Amfepramone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Amfepramone - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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