Bontril is a type of prescription diet drug that has been created to help obese individuals to lose weight more quickly and easily than they are capable of doing on their own. This is a medication that is available in capsule form and that is used daily to help to increase energy levels and decrease the appetite. It is not a weight loss program in itself, but is meant to be combined with proper healthy food consumption and regular daily exercise in order to decrease the levels of stored fat in the body.
How Does Bontril Work?
Bontril works by affecting the central nervous system in the brain in a way that tricks your body into thinking that it is more “full” than it actually is. That way, you will not only be satisfied more quickly by smaller meals, but you will also maintain that level of satisfaction for longer periods of time, and you will have a reduction in the cravings that you experience, so that you are less likely to snack, especially on fatty, salty, or sugary foods that could derail all of your careful weight loss efforts.
Who is Prescribed This Medication?
As a prescription drug, Bontril is only legally available with a doctor’s approval. It is not a pill that is meant for everyone, as it was designed specifically for individuals who are obese, with a high body mass index, and who do not have certain other health conditions or take certain other medications. As effective as it may be for many people, it is a serious and powerful diet drug. It is associated with certain side effects. These are typically mild and will go away within the first few days, but if it is taken by someone who is not adequately overweight, these side effects could be very dangerous to the individual’s health.
What Are Bontril’s Uses?
When used by the right individual, and when combined with both healthy diet and exercise every day, Bontril can make it much easier for a dieter to shed a significant amount of weight within a short period of time. It is designed only for short term use, in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms when it comes time to stop using it. However, within that time, it can make a notable difference to the user’s weight and can teach that individual the right lifestyle habits that are required to continue losing weight on their own without the drug. This can then be carried over to the proper behaviors for maintaining the goal weight when it has been achieved.
The Bontril dosage your doctor will prescribe will be individual to your needs. It will be based on your medical condition and the response you have to your obesity therapy. The dosage you receive at the start may not be the same throughout the entire time you use this medication. It is very important to keep all doctor’s appointments as your dose may need to be regularly adjusted in order to ensure that you benefit from it. It is extremely important that you take these pills at the same time each day and in the prescribed amount. Taking more will not necessarily make it more effective but may increase your risk of side effects. Therefore, to ensure best benefits and safety, be accurate and consistent about following your doctor’s instructions.
Possible Bontril Side-effects
Side effects are common while taking Bontril, but the majority are mild, and many are temporary. Among the most common include:
- Dry mouth
- Sleep struggles
If these side effects remain persistent or if they worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away.
Check your blood pressure regularly as this medication may increase your blood pressure. If it does, tell your doctor.
Contact medical assistance immediately if you experience these rare but serious side effects:
- Mental/mood changes (uncontrolled anger, agitation, nervousness, hallucinations)
- Irregular/fast/pounding heartbeat
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Change in sexual interest/ability
Contact emergency medical attention and stop taking Bontril immediately if you experience any of these rare but serious side effects:
- Trouble speaking
- Severe headache
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Vision changes (such as blurred vision)
Very rarely, this drug can cause serious lung or heart problems that could be fatal. The risk of severe Bontril side effects increases with extended use and in higher doses. Note that this is not a complete list of all possible side effects.
Before starting your Bontril prescription, be sure that your doctor and pharmacist know of any other medical conditions you have and other medications (prescription and non-prescription) and supplements you’re taking. If you are unsure of potential interactions, check with your doctor or pharmacist before you decide to stop taking your diet pill prescription.
Bontril should not be combined with certain other medications as serious interactions may occur. If you’ve taken other similar medications within the last year, tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start this one.
MAO inhibitors can cause a dangerous – possibly fatal – drug interaction with Bontril. Avoid taking this obesity medication at the same time as MAO inhibitors or within two weeks of having previously taken them.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any prescription, non-prescription or herbal products, particularly:
- High blood pressure medicine
- Other stimulants (including legal drugs, in food such as coffee, tea, or chocolate, or in street drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy)
- Products causing drowsiness such as opioid pain relief, cough suppressants such as codeine or hydrocodone, alcohol, marijuana, sleep or anxiety medications, and antihistamines