|An amphetamine-like drug
|Works by decreasing the appetite
|About 4 hours
Adipex is a weight-loss drug. The compound phentermine is used to help you lose weight. With a prescription, it does that with general behavior changes, a reduced-calorie diet program, and a doctor-approved exercise. Adipex is used by some overweight people, for instance, those that are obese or have some other weight-related medical issues. Too much weight also makes you prone to numerous other illnesses. Such obesity-related problems include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and even a shorter life. Losing that extra weight can assist in steering free of the many health risks that come with being overweight.
How does Adipex work?
Adipex (phentermine) is basically an appetite suppressant. It belongs to a group of drugs known as sympathomimetic amines. Accordingly, Adipex (phentermine) acts differently on different people in helping them lose weight. It is decided by several other bodily processes. It may work in any of the following ways:
- By reducing your appetite;
- By increasing your body’s rate and amount of energy consumption; or
- By working on certain parts of the brain.
However, like with every other drug that does some critical work, it needs to be taken care of well. Talk to your doctor about all the medication you’ve been on recently and about your significant history. They may make changes to other drug doses that you might be on while taking Adipex. For instance, they may decrease the dose of your diabetes medication for a while.
Adipex is suitable for those people that are obese or have other weight-related medical conditions. Because being overweight makes one more prone to severe illnesses, such as heart problems, than the average population, Adipex is a solution. With a doctor-approved exercise, a reduced-calorie diet program and other general behaviour changes, it can help you lose weight and get a healthier life.
However, you need to talk to a practicing professional if you are on medication for diabetes or any other severe health problem for a precisely regulated dose of Adipex. This is to avoid mishaps as a result of uncontrolled drug interactions.
Dosage and Effects
Adipex (phentermine) is usually taken by mouth once a day, as directed by your doctor. Take it an hour or two before or after your breakfast. However, depending on the needs, the doctor may make adjustments for you to take a small dose up to thrice a day. Make sure to follow the instructions.
Missing an early dose of Adipex should be avoided, since taking it late in the day may lead to insomnia (trouble sleeping). In case of sustained-release capsules, take it once a day before you have breakfast, which should be around 10 to 14 hours before you go to bed. Do not crush the capsule. Do not chew it; swallow it whole instead. Chewing and crushing tend to release all of the drug at once, which increases the risk of issues caused by bad administration (side effects). In case of tablets that dissolve in the mouth, take one with or without food in the morning. Dry your hands before you handle the tablet and then place it on top of your tongue. It’s better to swallow with water after the tablet dissolves.
Based on your medical condition, severities and response to treatment, your doctor decides the length of treatment and your specific dosage. They may adjust your other medicines to find you the best dose. For the same reason, give them your entire medical history. Discuss with them the pros and cons of treatment using phentermine. Follow the exact prescription for the most benefits. Preferably, take it at a particular time every day, as directed.
Adipex (phentermine) can sometimes be addictive. More so in case of substance abuse disorders (alcohol or drug addiction and abuse). This may cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking this medication suddenly. It also happens when you’ve been taking Adipex in high doses or for a considerable amount of time. Adipex may also stop working so well after a while. Talk to your doctor and they’ll help you with adjusting the dose. Try not to alter your dose by yourself, since that only causes more issues. Finally, stop the medication when and as directed.
Adipex is an addictive drug and you must inform your doctor about any usual changes while you’re on this medication. In the initial phase of the treatment, you may experience the following side effects:
- Dry mouth,
- Trouble sleeping,
- Nausea and vomiting,
These tend to subside as the body gets used to the drug. However, if any of these side effects get worse or last for longer than expected, talk to your doctor immediately.
Because it may raise your body’s blood pressure, keep checking it regularly. Keep in touch with your doctor and inform them about any irregular changes.
This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high. Remember that you were given the treatment in the first place because the doctor thought it fit against all the side effects for you.
However, discuss with them if any of the more serious issues show up, such as:
- Fast or irregular heartbeats,
- Agitation and nervousness,
- Uncontrolled anger,
- Change in sexual interest or ability, or
- Uncontrolled muscle movements.
Sometimes, severe headaches and seizures, slurred speech, vision changes, or weakness on one side of the body might even show up. These are highly unusual and immediate professional guidance is recommended. Talk to them also if you experience angina (chest pain), breathing difficulties, or fainting among any other unusual problems. Allergic reactions too shouldn’t be overlooked.
Adipex tends to make you dizzy, drowsy, or have blurred vision at times. The problems are added to by the intake of alcohol or using marijuana. Driving is strictly advised against in such conditions. Try and avoid alcoholic drinks to keep yourself safer and for the drug to act better. Talk to your doctor.
Check your blood sugar often as directed and report to your doctor in case you have diabetes. It may help the help the doctor make changes to your diabetes medication and Adipex dose so as to avoid unrestricted drug interactions.
Aspartame may be present in your medication if you use tablets that dissolve in the mouth. Talk to your doctor about the same if you have phenylketonuria (PKU), which can get aggravated by aspartame in your diet.
Moreover, phentermine is removed by the kidneys, whose functionality declines with age. This implies that older people face a higher risk of getting dizzy, drowsy, and have high blood pressure as a result of drug administration.
Avoid Adipex (phentermine) during pregnancy since it might harm the fetus. Also, during breast-feeding, Adipex can be risky. This is because phentermine may pass into breast milk, which proves to be equally dangerous for the child as it was during pregnancy. For the same reason, don’t take the drug during breast-feeding or vice versa. Talk to your doctor in any case to understand and reduce the chances of risk.
Proper storage of Adipex tablets is quite important. Good storage and handling also keep it effective for a longer duration. Leaving the package uncared for also determines how the medicine affects you and might thus, alter the results. This is because uncared for tablets may observe unwanted chemical reactions. For smart and safekeeping of the drugs, follow these steps:
- Store at a controlled room temperature, between 15° to 30°C, and away from moisture and light.
- Keep the tablets/capsules in a safe place, and preferably in their original packaging. Keep out of reach of children, since it can create serious health issues for them.
- The tablets usually come in blister packs, which aren’t child-resistant. Use child-resistant closure as per the requirement to avoid unintentional use.
- While handling the tablets/capsules, wash your hands dry before touching them.
- Adipex is prone to abuse because of its addictive properties. Keep it in a safe place also to avoid abuse and misuse by adults.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Adipex used for?
Adipex is a weight-loss drug prescribed to overweight people with some behaviour and diet changes, along with some recommended exercises.
How does Adipex work for weight loss?
Adipex (phentermine) is an amphetamine-like drug. It works by decreasing your appetite, among other things. It does so by making you feel full for longer durations or by decreasing your hunger. With proper exercises and diet changes, Adipex has proved to be quite useful.
How quickly does Adipex work?
The effects begin to show in around four hours. That is when it is absorbed completely through the gastrointestinal tract and, therefore reaches its highest concentration in blood for the while. You can feel its effect as decreased appetite, among other things.
How much weight can you lose with Adipex?
5% to as high as 10%. This equals a weight loss of roughly 10–20 pounds for a 200-pound person, which is considerably well to begin with.
How long can you stay on Adipex?
Long duration doses of Adipex aren’t recommended because of its addictive properties. Stopping it midway can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. For this reason, most people take it for up to to 6 weeks. However, the duration of the treatment is also decided on how your body responds to the medication.