Stimulants have caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in certain people. Tell your doctor if you have: heart problems or a congenital heart defect; high blood pressure; or a family history of heart disease or sudden death. To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has ever had: depression, mental illness, bipolar disorder, psychosis, or suicidal thoughts or actions; motor tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette's syndrome; seizures or epilepsy; an abnormal brain wave test (EEG); diabetes; or blood circulation problems in the hands or feet. When used to treat obesity , methamphetamine should be used only after other diets or medications have been tried without successful weight loss. Taking methamphetamine during pregnancy can cause premature birth, low birth weight, or withdrawal symptoms in the newborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Methamphetamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine. Methamphetamine is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old. Methamphetamine is not approved to treat obesity in a child younger than 12 years old. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law. Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. If you are taking methamphetamine to treat obesity and your appetite gradually increases, do not increase your dose. While using this medicine, your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medicine. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Methamphetamine is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but not late in the day. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include restlessness, tremor, muscle twitches, rapid breathing, hostility, violence, panic, muscle pain or weakness, and dark colored urine. These symptoms may be followed by depression and tiredness. This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid drinking fruit juices or taking vitamin C at the same time you take methamphetamine. These can make your body absorb less of the medicine. What are the possible side effects of methamphetamine? Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction : hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: signs of heart problems --chest pain, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out; signs of psychosis --hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), new behavior problems, aggression, hostility, paranoia; signs of circulation problems --numbness, pain, cold feeling, unexplained wounds, or skin color changes (pale, red, or blue appearance) in your fingers or toes; a seizure (convulsions); muscle twitches (tics); or changes in your vision. Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine. Common side effects may include: headache or dizziness; fast heartbeats; sleep problems (insomnia); diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach; tremors; or loss of appetite, weight loss. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. Ask your doctor before using a stomach acid medicine (including Alka-Seltzer or sodium bicarbonate). Some of these medicines can change the way your body absorbs methamphetamine, and may increase side effects. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially: medication to treat depression or mental illness; insulin; blood pressure medicine; or seizure medicine. Other drugs may interact with methamphetamine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide. Your pharmacist can provide more information about methamphetamine.