What is mazindol?
Mazindol is a sympathomimetic amine, which is similar to an amphetamine. It is also known as an “anorectic” or an “anorexigenic” drug. Mazindol stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite.
Mazindol is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.
Mazindol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Who should not take mazindol?
You cannot take mazindol if you
- have heart disease or high blood pressure;
- have arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries);
- have glaucoma;
- have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil) in the last 14 days; or
- have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have
- problems with your thyroid;
- an anxiety disorder;
- epilepsy or another seizure disorder; or
You may not be able to take mazindol, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
It is not known whether mazindol will harm an unborn baby. Do not take mazindol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is also not known whether mazindol passes into breast milk. Do not take mazindol without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.