Ionamin Side Effects
Ionamin diet pills are centrally acting stimulants that generated immense interest once their appetite suppressing effects became widely known. However, given the range of side effects seen with Ionamin and the narrow benefit to risk ratio, it is highly recommended one adhere to the well-defined guidelines for use of this drug.
Side effects of Ionamin diet pills are significant. On the one hand, the stimulatory action of the drug can cause complications. Then there are issues related to allergic reactions, drug interactions, overdose and drug abuse. All relevant guidelines need to be kept in mind and therapy should be closely monitored by a qualified physician.
Ionamin’s excitation of the sympathetic nervous system affects almost every organ in the human body.
At doses bordering on tolerance levels, hyper-stimulation of the cardiovascular system can produce uneasy and discomforting heart rhythms or heart rates, and high blood pressure. At higher dosages, side effects include restlessness, sleeplessness, irritability, tremors and headache. The normal motility of the gut and the urinary bladder can also be disrupted. This can lead to diarrhea, constipation, urinary frequency, painful urination and changes in libido.
Ionamin diet pills should only be used after accounting for all the possible interactions with the other drugs that a person might be taking. Unnecessary side effects arising out of drug incompatibility and interactions can thus be prevented.
The efficacy of anti-hypertensive drugs can be reduced, while the effect of diabetic drugs is enhanced while on Ionamin therapy. Appropriate dose adjustments may be necessary. Other drugs that act on the brain can cause problems when taken in conjunction with Ionamin. Being a central nervous stimulant, Ionamin can enhance the effects of other stimulants and anti-depressants.
Simultaneous use with anti-depressants called SSRI’s is not recommended as host of cardiovascular side effects can result. For unknown reasons, this combination of drugs makes the blood vessels in the lungs and the inner lining of the heart very stiff. The blood circulation in the lungs and the flow through the heart is disrupted, leading to inefficient blood distribution through both these organs.
Another group of centrally acting drugs that interact with Ionamin are Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO). These should never be taken together, or within 14 days of each other.
The third type of problem that arises with Ionamin is the rare but serious hypersensitivity to the drug. Symptoms start with itching, rash, transient blebs, swelling of the lips and eyelids.
Discontinuation of therapy and symptomatic treatment should be resorted to in such cases.
The last consideration is the potential for drug dependence. This is a complex problem. Due consideration should be given to any psychological, social and past medical history that indicates any potential for abuse prior to starting therapy. Ionamin diet pills are also unsuitable for persons with suspected eating disorders (i.e., Bulimia and Anorexia nervosa), where there are pre-existing problems of starvation and malnourishment.
Keeping this discussion in mind, Ionamin diet pills should be taken under medical supervision, and only if the appropriate clinical indications and situations exist for their use. Suitable adjustments must be made for any pre-existing medical condition — like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, drug abuse, anxiety and current medications.