Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets

Generic Name: phentermine (FEN-ter-meen)
Brand Name: Suprenza

Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets is used for:

Reducing weight in obese patients when used short-term and combined with exercise, diet, and behavioral modification.

Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets is an appetite suppressant. It works by helping to release certain chemicals in the brain that control appetite.

Do NOT use Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets if:

  • you are pregnant or are breast-feeding
  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets or other sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine)
  • you have an overactive thyroid, glaucoma, pulmonary hypertension, or severe narrowing of the blood vessels
  • you have a history of stroke, heart problems (eg, heart blood vessel disease, irregular heartbeat, heart failure), or uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • you are in an agitated state, or have a history of drug abuse
  • you are taking dexfenfluramine, fenfluramine, furazolidone, guanadrel, guanethidine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) (eg, fluoxetine, sertraline), or another medicine for weight loss
  • you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) within the past 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol or lipid levels

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Dexfenfluramine or fenfluramine because the risk of a possibly fatal lung problem or heart valve problems may be increased
  • Furazolidone or MAOIs (eg, phenelzine) because severe side effects, such as increasing headache, high blood pressure, slow heartbeat, or elevated temperature, may occur
  • Insulin, oral diabetes medicines (eg, glyburide), or SSRIs (eg, fluoxetine, sertraline) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets
  • Guanadrel or guanethidine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets

Ask your health care provider if Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets:

Use Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets by mouth with or without food.
  • Take Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets in the morning unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Taking Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets in the evening may cause trouble sleeping.
  • Make sure that your hands are dry before removing Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets from the bottle. Place the tablet on the top of your tongue where it will dissolve. The tablet dissolves quickly and can be swallowed with saliva. Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets may be taken with or without water. Take the tablet immediately after removing it from the bottle. Do not store the removed tablet for future use.
  • If you miss a dose of Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Doing so may increase the risk of serious side effects.
  • Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), a rare, frequently fatal disease of the lungs, and certain heart valve problems have been reported in patients taking phentermine along with fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine. There have been rare cases of PPH in patients taking Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets alone. It is unknown if Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets contributes to these effects. Contact your doctor right away if you are not able to tolerate as much exercise or if you develop symptoms of PPH, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting, or swelling of the legs.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Check with your doctor before drinking alcohol with Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets.
  • This product contains tartrazine dye (FD&C Yellow No. 5). This may cause an allergic reaction in some patients. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to tartrazine, ask your pharmacist if this product has tartrazine in it.
  • Use Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 17 years old; safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not take Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets if you are pregnant. It may cause harm to the fetus. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets.

After you have been taking Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets for a few weeks, it may not work as well as when you began taking it. This is known at TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets stops working well. Do not take more medicine than prescribed.

Some people who use Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. If you stop taking Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include extreme tiredness or mental depression.

Possible side effects of Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Bad taste in mouth; changes in sex drive; constipation; diarrhea; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; dry mouth; exaggerated sense of well-being; headache; impotence; overstimulation; restlessness; upset stomach.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest, jaw, or left arm pain; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; sudden, severe vomiting; tremor; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; diarrhea; fainting; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); nausea; overactive reflexes; rapid breathing; restlessness; seizures; severe dizziness or headache; stomach cramps; tiredness; tremor; vomiting.

Proper storage of Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets:

Store Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Suprenza orally disintegrating tablets.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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