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What is Adipex?
Adipex is a medically and federally approved drug that can help people reduce weight. Doctors recommend taking Adipex along with exercise behavior changes and a reduced-calorie diet.
The Adipex generic version is available with the name phentermine. People buy Adipex online for weight loss, especially if they are obese or have other weight-related medical problems. Adipex is a widely prescribed appetite suppressant that is less likely to cause any side effects if you take it properly.
How do Adipex works?
Losing weight and maintaining it can lessen several health risks associated with obesity, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and a short life span. It is still a question of how this drug helps lessen weight. Still, one may say it works by decreasing an individual’s appetite, resulting in an increase in the amount of energy in the body, or by affecting specific parts of the brain.
It would be best not to use Adipex during pregnancy or breastfeeding a nursing infant. Also, prefer not to take this drug if you have a history of:
- heart disease (heart rhythm problems, coronary artery disease, or congestive heart failure)
- glaucoma, overactive thyroid
- previous stroke
- extreme agitation or nervousness
- severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure
- a history of drug abuse, or
- if you use other diet pills
Taking Adipex with an MAO inhibitor can lead to a dangerous drug interaction. Ensure not to use Adipex if you have been taking an MAOI in the past two weeks, such as methylene blue injection, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, linezolid, tranylcypromine, rasagiline, or selegiline.
Rare cases of a medical condition called pulmonary hypertension and heart valve disease has been reported in people taking Adipex. We suggest you stop taking this medicine right away if you develop shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, swelling in your legs, lightheadedness making you feel you might pass out, chest pain, or a fast heartbeat.
What to do before taking Adipex?
Before taking Adipex, tell each of your healthcare professionals if you are allergic to it or other sympathomimetic amines, including appetite suppressants such as diethylpropion, stimulants such as amphetamine, and decongestants such as pseudoephedrine. This drug may contain inactive ingredients that can cause severe allergic reactions or other temporary health issues.
Before taking this medication, tell your health expert about your medical history, especially if you have ever had:
- high blood pressure, narrow-angle glaucoma, diabetes
- heart disease such as heart murmur, chest pain, heart attack, heart valve issues, fast or irregular heartbeat
- an individual or family past of substance use disorder, including overuse of or addiction to drugs or alcoholism
- mental changes or mood problems such as severe anxiety, agitation, depression, thoughts of suicide
- stroke, kidney disease, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), seizures
- high blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension
If you have diabetes, you may need a proper blood sugar level check-up regularly as instructed and share the test results with your healthcare professional. Your health expert may adjust your diabetes medication while going through treatment with this medicine.
If you take this medicine in tablet form made to dissolve in the mouth, it may contain aspartame. If you have any medical condition such as phenylketonuria (or PKU) that requires you to limit aspartame (or phenylalanine) in your diet or avoid it, ask your healthcare professional regarding the safe use of this medication.
There is a gradual decline in kidney functions as you grow older. The kidney is responsible for the removal of this drug from the system. Older adults are at greater risk for high blood pressure or dizziness while taking this drug.
Since Adipex can harm an unborn baby, one should not take it during pregnancy. It can also pass into breast milk and cause undesirable effects on a nursing infant. So, breastfeeding is not suggested while taking this medicine. Consult your doctor before taking Adipex during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
How to take Adipex?
Doctors and pharmacists advise taking this medicine by mouth, usually once a day, an hour before breakfast, or one to two hours after breakfast. Taking this medicine late can cause sleeping problems (insomnia). If required, your healthcare professional may adjust the dose in small amounts up to three times a day. Carefully follow your doctor’s recommendations.
While taking the sustained-release capsule, you should take the dose one time a day before breakfast or at least 12 to 14 hours before bedtime. Also, swallow the whole tablet without crushing or chewing the sustained-release capsule as it can cause a release of all the products in the system at once, further increasing the risk of side effects.
If you are using a sublingual tablet (made to dissolve in the mouth), the Adipex dose is usually administered once a day first thing waking up in the morning, with or without food. Firstly, keep your hand dry before handling the tablet. Then place the tablet on the top of the tongue until it dissolves; after that, swallow it with or without water.
Your Adipex dosage and length of treatment depend upon several factors such as your age, gender, medical condition, and initial response to treatment with this drug. Your health expert will adjust the dose to offer you the best. To ensure you are on the safe side, discuss the risks, benefits, and length of phentermine treatment.
The typical initial dosage for Adipex (capsule or orally dissolving tablet) in adults is 15 mg to 37.5 mg orally in one to two divided doses. When you take an Adipex pill for obesity, the usual initial dose for adults is 8 mg orally thrice a day.
Things to avoid while taking this medicine
This medicine can blur your vision or make you dizzy or drowsy (rarely). So, avoid alcoholic beverages or marijuana (cannabis) as it can add more to your dizziness or drowsiness. Also, avoid driving, using machinery, or performing any activity that needs you to be alert or has clear vision until you can do it safely.
What are the side effects of Adipex?
Dry mouth, dizziness, irritability, trouble sleeping, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation are some of the common adverse effects during the initial phase of treatment.
Severe side effects of Adipex may include:
- mental or mood changes such as uncontrolled anger, agitation, nervousness, hallucinations
- changes in a heartbeat (fast or irregular or pounding)
- changes in sexual ability or interest
- uncontrolled muscle movements
- trouble speaking
- severe headache
- weakness on one side of the body
- seizure (or convulsions)
- changes in vision (such as blurred vision)
Adipex may cause rare but severe (sometimes fatal) heart or lung problems (heart valve problems, pulmonary hypertension). The risk is more likely to increase if you take this drug for an extended period and use it with other appetite-suppressant drugs or herbal products for weight loss.