Bontril is an FDA approved diet drug that is commonly prescribed in the United States as a short-term treatment for obesity. It is based on the generic medication that is known as Phendimetrazine Tartrate.
Phendimetrazine tartrate is the primary active ingredient within this product. It is a sympathomimetic amine medicine, which is a group of drugs that work by stimulating the nervous system in a way that has been compared to amphetamines. These types of drug are also known as anorexigenic and anoretic medications.
Bontril is a Central Nervous System Stimulant
When Bontril is prescribed to obese patients, it can help them to lose weight more easily by stimulating their central nervous systems. This includes a stimulation to both the brain and the nerves throughout the body.
This effect increases the heart rate and blood pressure and fools the parts of the brain that are responsible for producing the sensation of hunger. This can be a highly beneficial effect for dieters as it can help them to feel more full after having eaten a smaller amount of food than usual.
Furthermore, Bontril provides an energy boost, which can be helpful in overcoming fatigue in order to keep up with the prescribed exercise program. Engaging in regular exercise can also aid in the reduction of body weight.
Diet and Exercise are Essential for Optimal Results
With that in mind, however, it is important that those who take this medication understand that Bontril does not produce weight loss on its own. If the pill is used on its own without being combined with diet changes or exercise, then Bontril will not lead to any fat loss on the body.
The purpose of this drug is to provide temporary assistance so that a dieter will be able to adopt healthier weight loss habits over the longer term, to be continued even without the assistance of the medication.
As such, it has been designed to be used along with a reduced calorie diet and with a fitness appropriate exercise program. The benefits associated with the use of this drug makes those efforts easier for the dieter. The reason is that if the dieter isn’t feeling as hungry, then he or she will be able to more easily choose to reduce the number of calories being consumed.
Common Side Effects of Which to be Aware
This rare medication is associated with certain side effects that range from more common mild symptoms to more serious but less common severe ones.
Some of the common Bontril side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty sleeping
As for more serious (and less likely) side effects, these include:
- Fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat
- Mental/mood changes
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Change in sexual ability/interest
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech
- Vision changes (blurred vision)
- Weakness on one side of the body
You should inform your doctor of any common side effect that worsens or persists. In regard to serious side effects, you should seek medical attention right away.
In order to make sure that the risk of potential side effects is worth the benefits, Bontril can be prescribed only to obese individuals who have a BMI greater than 30 and that have an increased risk of certain health conditions because of the excess fat on their bodies. Those conditions can include anything from high blood pressure to type 2 diabetes, as well as many others.
Additionally, you should know that Bontril is not ideal or safe for everyone to take. There are certain health conditions and medications that may negatively interact with this diet drug. Since this is the case, it is very important that you inform your doctor of any past and existing health problems you may have as well as of any medications or herbal supplements you may be taking.