Diet Pills: Reactions with other drugs or substances

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 1:25 pm

Before taking diet pills, patients need to discuss the medications that they take with their health care providers. Physicians may adjust the dosage or advise patients to discontinue medications.
Drug interactions
Monamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors are antide-pressants that can interact with sympathomimetic appetite depressants. Patients must discontinue using MAO inhibitors two weeks before taking these diet pills. Use of MAO inhibitors while taking anorectics will cause a sharp rise in blood pressure.
Furthermore, taking some other antidepressants and diet pills may cause high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat.

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