Brand Name(s): Adipex, Fastin, Ionamin, Phentercot, Phentride, Pro-Fast, Suprenza
Generic Name(s): phentermine
Drug Class: Sympathomimetics
Treats: Weight loss
Adipex-P is a brand name of the drug phentermine, a stimulant that is used as an appetite suppressant. The drug has similar effects to amphetamines and is used as a weight loss aid under medical supervision. It is to be used in combination with a healthy diet.
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Adipex-P is an anorexiant drug that is used in combination with exercise and a healthy diet to spur weight loss. It is prescribed to people who are classified as obese, who must lose considerable weight in order to treat or reverse diabetes, or elevated cholesterol or blood pressure. Adipex-P works to suppress your appetite. It is prescribed to people who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise. Adipex-P is only meant to be part of a short-term plan to lose weight. Losing weight can help obese patients avoid more serious conditions, like heart failure. Below you will find the uses for Adipex-P.
- Weight loss
Dosage of Adipex-P depends wholly on the patient taking it. Patients should work closely with doctors to find the lowest possible effective dose of this drug. It is only recommended for patients age 17 years or older. You should take this pill whole. Depending on the form of the pill, you may take this pill with or without food. Below you will find a typical dosage of Adipex-P.
- 15-30 mg once a day in the morning
- Depending on your doctor's instructions, this medication may be required to be taken with or without food
Adipex-P Side Effects
As with any drug, some users of Adipex-P may experience side effects, both mild and severe. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Adipex-P. This list is not exhaustive.
You should contact a doctor immediately if you experience:
- Visual or auditory hallucinations
- Dizziness or feeling faint
- Chest pain
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty with mental or motor functions
- Unexplained weakness
- Swelling of the lower extremities
- Mental changes
Like any drug, Adipex-P may interact with other drugs and substances. You should consult your doctor before taking any medication, including over the counter drugs. Additionally, Adipex-P may not be appropriate for people who have a history of drug addiction, heart disease or pulmonary hypertension, or those who suffer from high blood pressure, glaucoma or thyroid disease. It should not be used by people who have taken an MAOI drug in the previous two weeks. As with all drugs, before taking this medication, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. You should also let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and if you have any allergies to drugs or foods. Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with Adipex-P. Note that this list does not include all possible interactions.