Adipex-P is a prescription drug that contains Phentermine (phenyl-tertiary-butylamine). Phentermine is a psychostimulant and is chemically classified as an amphetamine. It is most commonly used as an appetite suppressant. This prescription drug is prescribed by doctors along with dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and a doctor approved increase in physical activity.
It is used for those who are overweight, especially those who are classified as obese and whose weight can cause severe comorbid disease and disorder such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and premature death. It is still not known exactly how this medication helps individuals to lose weight through appetite suppression. It could be due to neurological changes, metabolic changes, or a number of other options. However, it has repeatedly shown to significantly increase weight loss in individuals in clinical trials. Adipex-P is most often taken orally one hour before or one to two hours after a healthy breakfast with the extended release form of this medication. This can vary, however, according to each individual, and your doctor may even prescribe three smaller doses each day. It is often recommended that the dose is taken at least 10-14 hours before bedtime, due to the amphetamine chemical makeup of this drug. There is also a form that is dissolved in the mouth rather than swallowed as a pill. It is very important to consult with your doctor about current and previous medical conditions and any side effects that you may be experiencing. Your doctor will adjust your prescription dosage according to your individual needs.
This drug can cause withdrawal symptoms, so it is very important to keep communication with your doctor throughout the time you are taking Adipex-P, as well as when it comes time to discontinue use. It is usually only taken a few weeks at a time and should not be consumed along with other appetite suppressants. Serious side effects are more likely to increase with use over longer periods of time and/or when taken with other appetite suppressants. As mentioned above, an individual can experience withdrawal symptoms with Adipex-P.
The risk for withdrawal increases the longer an individual takes this medication and/or with increased dosage. To deter the onset of these side effects, your doctor will likely decrease your dosage slowly over time. Withdrawal symptoms can include severe depression and extreme tiredness. If experiencing these symptoms when stopping or decreasing Adipex-P, it is very important to consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Very rarely addiction/drug seeking behavior can occur with this drug. It is not recommended for those who have a history of drug and/or alcohol abuse. Even for those who have not suffered with addiction issues, it is very important to follow doctor and pharmacist recommendations for using and reducing/stopping this medication. When Phentermine has been taken for several weeks, the results with appetite suppression and weight loss can slow or halt. You should never increase your dosage if this occurs. You should immediately consult with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss your options.
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