Amfepramone - oral


Patient Medicine Information
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, at least 1 hour before meals.

This medicine is available as a conventional tablet and an extended- or controlled-release tablet.

If you are taking the extended- or controlled-release types of tablet (usually labeled as “ER” or “CR”), 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 dosing 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:
  • arteriosclerosis (thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries)
  • hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
  • severe high blood pressure
  • high blood pressure in the lungs
  • glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
  • agitated state (feeling irritated or restless)
  • 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 that is used to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.

Do not take Amfepramone with other medicines that reduces appetite, such as sibutramine and fenfluramine.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease e.g. irregular or abnormal heartbeat, problems in your heart valves
  • diabetes
  • psychosis (loss of contact with reality)
  • bipolar disorder (mood changes between feeling very high (mania) and very low (depression)
  • history of epilepsy (fits or seizures)
  • Tourette’s syndrome or “tics” (a disorder characterised by repetitive and uncontrollable speech or body movements)
Amfepramone is not recommended for use if you have taken a similar type of medicine within the past year.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to the elderly. Elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.

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

Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • Your blood pressure and heart rate may rise to unsafe levels without you noticing it. Monitor your blood pressure and heart rate regularly.
  • Routine tests (e.g. heart evaluation, kidney function, blood sugar level) may be done before initiation and while you are being treated with this medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
  • Regular monitoring of your weight and waist circumference may also be needed.
What lifestyle changes should I make to lose weight and maintain my ideal weight?

A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are keys to helping you maintain your ideal weight. You should avoid relying only on the medication to maintain your ideal weight.

Try to control the type and amount of food you eat at each meal. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you have not been exercising, start slow and gradually step up your exercise capacity. You will find that keeping to a regular exercise regimen is enjoyable and helps keep your weight off.

If stress causes you to reach out for snacks too often, replace unhealthy snacks with healthier choices. Learn to manage your stress levels. Alcohol also commonly causes weight gain. Try to avoid alcohol or set a limit on how much you drink.

Do not share Amfepramone with anyone else, even if they are overweight. This medicine may not be suitable for everyone.
What side effects could I experience?
Amfepramone may cause dizziness and drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

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

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
  • chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, swelling of the ankles or feet, passing out, changes in eyesight e.g. blurred vision
  • fits or seizures
  • hallucination (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
  • unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
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 that is used to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.

Do not take Amfepramone with other medicines that reduces appetite, such as sibutramine and fenfluramine.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using any of these medicines:
  • medicines for diabetes e.g. insulin
  • medicines for high blood pressure e.g. guanethidine, methyldopa
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.

It is important for you to maintain a healthy, low-fat and balanced diet.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from moisture.

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 © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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