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What is ionamin?

Ionamin is used for reducing weight in obese patients when used short-term and combined with exercise, diet, and behavioral modification.



Ionamin is an appetite suppressant. It works by helping to release certain chemicals in the brain that control appetite.

Do NOT use Ionamin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ionamin or other sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine)
  • you are taking dexfenfluramine, fenfluramine, furazolidone, guanadrel, guanethidine, or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) in the last 14 days
  • you have moderate to severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, glaucoma, heart or blood vessel disease, or severe narrowing of the blood vessels
  • you have high blood pressure in the lungs
  • you are in an agitated state, or have a history of substance abuse

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Ionamin

Some medical conditions may interact with Ionamin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a brain or spinal cord disorder, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol or lipid levels

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ionamin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

Dexfenfluramine, fenfluramine, furazolidone, or MAOIs (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of serious side effects, such as increasing headache, high blood pressure, slow heart rate, elevated temperature, or possibly fatal lung problems, may be increased
Serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors (eg, fluoxetine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Ionamin
Guanadrel or guanethidine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Ionamin
Ask your health care provider if Ionamin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Ionamin

Use Ionamin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Ionamin by mouth before breakfast or 10 to 14 hours before bedtime unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Swallow Ionamin whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of Ionamin, take it as soon as possible. If it is after 12 pm, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ionamin.

Important safety information

  • Ionamin may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Ionamin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Doing so may increase the risk of serious side effects.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you are not able to exercise as well as you could before you started taking Ionamin.
  • Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Ionamin.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol with Ionamin.
  • Diabetes patients-Ionamin may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Use Ionamin with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Ionamin is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 16 years old; safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Ionamin while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Ionamin.

After you have taken Ionamin for a few weeks, it will usually not work as well as when you began taking it. This is known at TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if Ionamin stops working well. Do not take more medicine than prescribed.

Some people who use Ionamin for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. If you stop taking Ionamin suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include extreme tiredness, mental depression, trouble sleeping, irritability, or mental, mood, or personality changes.

Possible side effects of Ionamin

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Bad taste in mouth; constipation; diarrhea; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; dry mouth; exaggerated sense of well being; headache; nervousness; overstimulation; restlessness; sleeplessness; upset stomach.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; changes in sex drive; chest pain; decreased sexual ability; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes; pounding in the chest; shortness of breath; swelling of the legs and feet; tremor.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

If overdose Ionamin

Contact your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include aggressive behavior; confusion; depression; exaggerated reflexes; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; nausea; panic; rapid breathing; severe or persistent dizziness, diarrhea, or restlessness; severe tiredness; stomach cramps; tremor; vomiting.

Proper storage of Ionamin

Store Ionamin at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Ionamin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information

  • If you have any questions about Ionamin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ionamin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ionamin. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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