Pro-Fast SA (active ingredient Phentermine) is an appetite suppressant used short-term as a part of weight loss programs that also include regular physical exercises and healthy nutrition. Generally, it is prescribed for people whose weight can potentially increase the risk of getting some serious condition like a heart disease and high blood pressure or has already become a contributory factor to some existing one (e.g., diabetes). To prevent any such and other similar, Pro-Fast SA is often recommended.
Treatment with Pro-Fast SA
Pro-Fast SA is to be taken directly as indicated, and no changes to the prescription label are allowed. Generally, the indicated dosage/strength is taken once a day (before breakfast, on an empty stomach preferably). In some cases the dosage can be split into 3 smaller doses taken at regular intervals. Tablets and capsules are to be taken whole: no chewing, crushing, breaking or opening an extended-release capsule is allowed. Additionally, to prevent any side effects the dosage indicated should not be increased.
Prior to Getting Recommendations for Pro-Fast SA
There are a number of precautions to follow and contraindications for treatment with Pro-Fast SA. These include concomitant diseases and other medications taken currently. Thus, to make sure the medication is safe for you tell your physician if:
- You have any of the following disorders: some heart disease (e.g., stroke or coronary artery disease), severe or uncontrolled hypertension, pulmonary hypertension, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, diabetes, anxiety disorder, any seizure disorder, history of drug/alcohol abuse, kidney disease.
- You are on therapy with any of the following medications: other diet drugs (e.g., fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine), MAO inhibitors (e.g., isocarboxazid and phenelzine), antihypertensive drugs (e.g., guanethidine and guanadrel), insulin and diabetes medications or sedatives (e.g., zolpidem).
Additionally, precautionary measures include pregnancy/breastfeeding and abrupt drug discontinuation. These and aforementioned factors are crucial for prevention of potential side effects that may include irritability, dizziness, fainting, dry mouth, sleeping disorders, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea. More serious adverse reactions are either allergy-related (e.g., itching/swelling and rash) or result from overdose (hallucinations and heartbeat problems).