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Medication is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.

Medication may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

The rate of weight loss is greatest in the first weeks of therapy for both drug and placebo subjects and tends to decrease in succeeding weeks. The possible origins of the increased weight loss due to the various drug effects are not established.

Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.

Drugs of this class used in obesity are commonly known as "anorectics" or "anorexigenics". It has not been established, however, that the action of such drugs in treating obesity is primarily one of appetite suppression.

Actions include some central nervous system stimulation and elevation of blood pressure. Tolerance has been demonstrated with all drugs of this class in which these phenomena have been looked for.

Medication comes as a regular and extended-release (long-acting) tablet. Medication usually is taken three times a day, 1 hour before meals (regular tablets), or once a day in midmorning (extended-release tablets).

The magnitude of increased weight loss of drug-treated patients over placebo-treated patients averages some fraction of a pound a week. However, individual weight loss may vary substantially from patient to patient.

You may not be able to take Medication, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

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