Benzphetamine - Drug Information

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General Information on Benzphetamine

Generic Name : Benzphetamine

Pronunciation : benz-FET-ah-meen

Latest prescription information about Benzphetamine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y53.9 | Therapeutic Classification : Anorectal Preparations

Trade Names/Brand Names of Benzphetamine

International- Didrex.

Why is Benzphetamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anorectic agent, prescribed for obesity. It works by suppressing appetite.

When should Benzphetamine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with increased eye pressure, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart diseases, overactive thyroid, who are taking or within 14days of use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors, central nervous stimulants, during pregnancy and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category X :

Animal and/or human studies have demonstrated fetal injury and potential risks outweigh the benefits of the drug in pregnancy. These drugs are found to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, and should not be used.

What is the dosage of Benzphetamine?

PO- The recommended dose range is 25 to 50 mg one to three times daily.

How should Benzphetamine be taken?

It comes as tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Benzphetamine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, lung or breathing problems, high blood pressure, sugar, over active thyroid, mental illness, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid abrupt withdrawal.
It should not be used in children less than 12 years.
It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Benzphetamine?

   Heart : Palpitations, fast heart rate and elevation of blood pressure.
   Central Nervous System : Over-stimulation, restlessness, dizziness, sleeplessness, tremor, sweating, headache and depression.
   Gastrointestinal : Dryness of the mouth, unpleasant taste, nausea, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances.
   Allergic : Hives, rash and itching.
   Genitourinary : Changes in sexual activity.

What are the other precautions for Benzphetamine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Benzphetamine?

Store it at controlled room temperature (20 to 25 C).

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