Sometimes all the hard work in exercising and dieting is not enough to lose a considerable amount of weight. In cases where you need to drastically lose weight, whether this is for medical or social reasons, diet pills are helpful in reaching your target weight.
Adipex is a fast-acting diet pill that is similar to the stimulants, amphetamines. It works by affecting your central nervous system, instructing it to boost your metabolism and at the same time, suppress your appetite. Usually, Adipex is prescribed in cases of obesity where it is taken along with exercise and a healthy diet. Great care must be exercised for patients with a history of heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol.
Although Adipex is generally used for weight loss measures, there may be other uses that are not detailed in this article.
Adipex — What Is It?
Adipex is an anorectic drug that helps your body mimic the signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa. This effect of Adipex makes it a very fast acting diet pill.
How does it work?
When taking Adipex, your body is signaled to produce norepinephrine, the substance that tells your body to make more adrenaline. When this happens, your body immediately calls on its reserved fat cells to burn them for stored energy. In other words, your body is readying for the “fight or flight” situation. When this happens, your heart beats faster, your airways dilate and your blood pressure soars. This also means that your body is inclined to ignore other unhelpful events such as hunger. This is why it is also an appetite suppressant.
Naturally, the effects of Adipex may not be for everyone since for it to work effectively you have to endure a couple of side effects.
What You Must Know About Adipex-P
It is important for you to know that certain drugs do not mix well with Adipex in your system. These are:
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
- Selegiline (Emsam)
- Rasagiline (Azilect)
- Phenelzine (Nardil)
These drugs belong to the classification of MAO inhibitors (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors), which are used as anti-depressants. Anti-depressants and Adipex don’t mix well in the human body and may trigger a series of harmful side effects such as the inability to breathe. Inform your physician if you are taking one of these before he or she prescribes you with Adipex.
Please don’t take Adipex under the following circumstances:
- If you do not have a doctor’s prescription for it (it is a controlled substance and therefore, prescription-only)
- If you manipulate heavy machinery since it may affect your eye sight and definitely affects your alertness
- If you have a history of drug dependency or may be predisposed to be one
- If you are pregnant or if you are trying to become pregnant
- If you are a nursing mother
- If you are under the age of 18
- If you are already taking a different diet pill.
Before taking Adipex, you should be aware that this powerful diet pill should be used with caution if you have the following conditions:
- Hyperactive thyroid
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- Other heart issues such as heart palpitations
- Allergy history with certain drugs
- Undergoing treatment for depression
For those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, Adipex is a category C medication. This means that there are no hard evidences showing that it is harmful to the unborn child but like with any type of medication, it is best to err on the side of caution. Consult with your attending physician if you are planning on getting pregnant. This is the same case for nursing mothers.
As of this writing, Adipex is not yet given the go signal to serve as anti-obesity medication for children under the age of 18.
How should you take Adipex? Adipex should be taken as a whole tablet – it is not meant to be pulverized and mixed into drinks nor is it ok to cut it into half to “save” on the dosage. It is designed to be taken as a whole pill with a glass of water along with an empty stomach.
- To help alleviate some of Adipex’s side effects, we have some tips for you on how you should take it everyday:
- Take it at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day.
- Take it as farthest away from your bedtime as possible to help avoid instances of insomnia
- Take it for no more than 8 weeks since it is designed to be just a short term medication, not a daily supplement.
Keep your bottle of Adipex in a cool dry place, away from temperature changes and heat, specifically. Moisture is also a no-no and you should not give Adipex to anyone else in your family. It should only be for your own personal consumption.
Important Adipex-P Questions
It is important NOT to overdose when on Adipex and you should never ever double your dose, even if you forgot your dose for a few days already.
- Tightening of the chest, inability to breathe
- Intense migraine, frequent vomiting which may lead to dehydration, drastic change in your urinary output
- Drastic change in blood pressure
- Rapid pulse rate, cold sweating
- Hand tremors
- Extreme drug dependency
- Hives or any other manifestations of an allergic reaction
What you cannot take with Adipex, apart from the list of medications above, is alcohol. Adipex already affects your central nervous system and if you mix it with alcohol, you are greatly compromising your judgment and alertness.
Adipex Side Effects
Here is the list of common side effects that you will encounter with Adipex. While some of these may not be present all the time, it is common to experience the side effects in tandem to one another:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Heart palpitations
- Irritability and constant feeling of anxiety
- Inability to sleep, which can lead to insomnia
- Extreme mood swings
- Higher blood pressure than normal
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness and migraine episodes
- Changes in your libido and menstrual cycle
Drugs that are designed to treat depression, diabetes and high blood pressure should be taken into consideration when you are prescribed Adipex. Let your attending physician know that you are taking them so that he can make an informed assessment of your condition.