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What should I discuss with my doctor before taking methamphetamine (Desoxyn)?
Methamphetamine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Methamphetamine should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not use methamphetamine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take methamphetamine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to methamphetamine or if you have:
Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Methamphetamine could cause premature birth, low birth weight, or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes methamphetamine during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Methamphetamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Long-term use of methamphetamine can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I take methamphetamine (Desoxyn)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
Take this medication with a full glass of water.
If you are taking methamphetamine for weight loss and your appetite gradually increases, do not take more of the medication to suppress appetite. Stop taking methamphetamine and call your doctor.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your doctor will need to see you on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using methamphetamine.
Store methamphetamine at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of how many pills have been used from each new bottle of this medicine. Methamphetamine is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription. Using this medication improperly can cause death or serious side effects on the heart.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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