Benzphetamine Side Effects
Some side effects of benzphetamine may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to benzphetamine: oral tablet
Along with its needed effects, benzphetamine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking benzphetamine:More common
- convulsions (seizures)
- fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- feeling lightheaded or faint
- hives or welts
- mood or other mental changes
- numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- redness of skin
- shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
- skin rash
- trembling of the hands or feet
- trouble with sleeping
- trouble with thinking, speaking, or walking
- unable to sleep
- unusual feeling of excitement
- Chest discomfort or pain
- difficulty breathing
- feeling sad or empty
- lack of appetite
- loss of interest or pleasure
- severe mental changes
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the feet or lower legs
- trouble with concentrating
- trouble with breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking benzphetamine:Symptoms of overdose
- Blurred vision
- change in consciousness
- dark-colored urine
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
- loss of consciousness
- muscle cramps or spasms
- muscle pain or stiffness
- physical attempt to injure oneself
- pounding in the ears
- rapid, shallow breathing
- severe anxiety or feeling of panic
- stomach cramps
- violent actions
Some side effects of benzphetamine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Decrease in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
- decreased interest in sexual intercourse
- dry mouth
- inability to have or keep an erection
- increase in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
- increased interest in sexual intercourse
- unpleasant taste
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to benzphetamine: oral tablet
Cardiovascular side effects have included palpitation, tachycardia, and elevation of blood pressure. Isolated cases of cardiomyopathy and ischemic cardiac events have been reported in association with chronic amphetamine use. Valvular heart disease associated with the use of some anorectic agents such as fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine (both independently and especially when used in combination with other anorectic drugs) has been reported; however, no cases of this valvulopathy have been reported when benzphetamine has been used alone.
Nervous system side effects have included restlessness, overstimulation, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, sweating, and headache.
Psychiatric side effects have included depression following withdrawal of the drug and, rare instances of psychotic episodes.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, diarrhea, unpleasant taste, dry mouth, and other gastrointestinal disturbances.
Genitourinary side effects have included changes in libido.
Hypersensitivity side effects have included urticaria and other allergic reactions involving the skin.
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