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Bontril (generic name Phendemitrazine), a weight loss medication manufactured by Carnick Laboratories, Inc, works by suppressing the appetite. It targets certain parts of the nervous system particularly the limbic system and the hypothalamus and tricks them by simulating satiety or feeling of fullness. This sympathomimetic amine drugs should however be used as a temporary cure for obesity and should be supplemented with proper diet and exercise program if the patient wants to maintain his ideal weight.

Bontril is available either in two formulas:
1. Sustained release formula-should be taken once per day
2. Immediate release formula-should be taken from two to three times day
No matter what the formula is, the whole capsule should be swallowed in whole and should never be crushed or chewed. Dieters should not take this drug within sleeping hours to avoid insomnia. On the other hand, those taking Bontril should desist from driving or performing hazardous tasks as it can also result blurred
vision and dizziness.

This medication is addictive but it should not be stopped without consulting a doctor as it can result to withdrawal effects. A person with a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, hyperthyroidism glaucoma or allergies, anxiety disorders or epilepsy should inform his doctor about his condition. It is not recommended for pregnant women. As a general rule, Bontril should not be taken in by a person who is also using hypertensive medications like guanethidine or guanadrel; antibiotics like furazolidone or anti-depressant drugs like monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Among this drug’s side effects are:

* Dizziness
* Insomnia
* Allergic reactions
* Anxiety
* Hallucinations
* Chest pain
* Hypertension
* Urinary problems

What should I avoid while taking Bontril?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Bontril may cause dizziness, blurred vision, or restlessness, and it may hide the symptoms of extreme tiredness. If you experience these effects, avoid
hazardous activities.


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