Last updated Aug. 3, 2018
The weight loss pill Ionamin® is an appetite suppressant. The active ingredient within Ionamin is phentermine. Phentermine is prepared as resin to create a slow-release medication, which prolongs the effects of Ionamin.
Ionamin is manufactured by Celltech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ionamin capsules are available in two strengths: 15mg and 30mg.
Ionamin 15mg: yellow/grey capsules imprinted with "IONAMIN 15." Supplied in bottles of 100's and 400's
Ionamin 30 mg
Ionamin 30 mg: yellow capsules, imprinted with "IONAMIN 30." Supplied in bottles of 100's and 400's
Ionamin is used as a weight loss aid for the heavily overweight and obese.
In addition to taking Ionamin, patients are expected to adopt a healthy diet and program of regular exercise.
Ionamin is prescribed for obese patients with an initial BMI (body mass index) of 30+, or those with a BMI of 27 or above if other risk factors are present (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia).
The capsules are designed as a short-term treatment and should always be used as an adjunct to healthy lifestyle changes like portion control, regular physical activity and stress management.
Ionamin is not recommended for:
Ionamin suppresses feelings of hunger by acting on parts of the central nervous system. The active ingredient in Ionamin is the generic drug phentermine.
Ionamin has similar a chemical make up to amphetamine and other stimulant drugs that have a history of abuse. Ionamine is known to be habit forming and should not but used for longer periods that a few week. Nor should Ionamin be taken by anyone other than whom the Doctor prescribed it for.
Ionamin is a prescription-only medication.
The chemical composition of Ionamin is similar to that of amphetamines and if taken for a prolonged period of time can be addictive. It is usually recommended that Ionamin be taken for no longer than a period of a few weeks.
Ionamin can also be habit-forming and should only be taken by the patient it was prescribed for.
Side effects of Ionamin include:
Ionamin should not be taken for a longer period than prescribed by your doctor.
Your doctor will prescribe the proper dosage for your situation.
Normally patients take one capsule per day approximately 1-2 hours before or after their breakfast. It is not advisable to take Ionamin close to the time when you go to bed as it is known to increase engery levels and can cause insomnia.
Swallow Ionamin capsules whole and with plenty of water.
Inform your doctor of the following:
The active ingredient in Ionamin is phentermine. Cases of heart valve abnormalities were recorded among numerous patients who took fenfluramine, another drug, at the same time as phentermine/Ionamin. The FDA issued a public health warning in 1997 against the use of this popular drug combination known as Phen-Fen.
If a patient overdoses on Ionamin, medical help should be sought immediately, as serious consequences can arise. In the worse case scenario this can include death.
More common symptoms of overdosage include: unusually high energy levels, tremor, hyperreflexia, increased breathing rate, confusion, assaultiveness, hallucinations, panic, extreme tiredness, depression, arrhythmia, hypertension or hypotension, circulatory collapse, nausea and sickness, diarrhea, abdominal cramps.
Ionamin 15mg Capsules
Ionamin 30mg Capsules
Celltech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Rochester, NY 14623 USA