Bontril is used as an appetite suppressant. It is used in conjunction with an
overall diet plan to reduce weight.
How To Take Bontril:
Bontril SR is best taken on an empty stomach one hour before meals. Sustained-release or long
acting products must be swallowed whole. Crushing or chewing them will destroy the long
action and may cause increased side effects. Because this medication may cause
sleeplessness, avoid taking a dose late in the day. Take this medication as prescribed. Do
not take it more often or longer than directed. It is usually taken for 8 to 12 weeks. Use
in combination with other appetite suppressant medicine is generally not recommended.
Consult your doctor before such use.
Bontril Side Effects:
Blurred vision, dizziness, dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability, stomach upset or
constipation may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to Bontril. If these
effects persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you
experience chest pain, nervousness, pounding heart, difficulty urinating, mood changes,
breathing difficulties or swelling while taking this medication. If this medication makes
you dizzy or lightheaded, avoid driving or engaging in activities requiring alertness.
Tell your doctor your complete medical history especially if you have high blood pressure,
an over-active thyroid, glaucoma, diabetes or emotional problems. Consult with your doctor
if you think you are pregnant or before breast-feeding. This medication can be habit
forming and must be used with caution. Alcohol can increase unwanted side effects of
dizziness. Limit alcohol use. This drug is not recommended for use in children. Consult
your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use, (prescription and nonprescription)
especially if you take high blood pressure medicine or MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone,
phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) or any other weight loss medicine. Avoid
"stimulant" drugs that may increase your heart rate such as decongestants or
caffeine. Decongestants are commonly found in over-the-counter cough and cold medicine.
Bontril is not a substitute for proper diet. For maximum effects, this must be used in
conjunction with a diet and exercise program. Do not share this medication with others.
If you miss a dose, do not double the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume
your usual dosing schedule.
Store Bontril capsules at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Keep this and all medications
out of the reach of children.