Adipex-P is an appetite suppressant drug that is available via prescription to patients who are seeking to lose weight as part of a program of diet and exercise. It is important to remember that Adipex is not a unique medication, but rather a trade name for the generic drug Phentermine that has been out of patent for a long time and has been offered by a number of manufacturers. Adipex specifically is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, an Israeli manufacturer of generic drugs. It is available in two different forms, a 37.5 mg capsule and a 37.5mg tablet. There are also other forms of Adipex that use other brand names, including Ionamin, Duromine, Umine, Razin, Obestin, as well as Qsymia, which is a combination of Phentermine and topiramate which is a combination drug that is only available with a prescription from specialized pharmacies.
What are the ingredients in Adipex?
Adipex is actually a brand with main ingredient Phentermine HCL. It comes in different shapes, depending on amount of milligrams of active ingredient per tablet. Each individual tablet looks snow white with blue specks. Amount of these specks relates to amount of milligrams of active ingredient – Phentermine HCL. When you see more specks, most likely it is closer to 37.5mg – which is maximum or if you see less, it is closer to small amount – 10 mg. Adipex is just one of the brands on the market with this ingredient – Phentermine HCL.
How does the Adipex-P Diet Pill work?
Adipex (along with other forms of Phentermine) is an amphetamine that works by stimulating the neurons to release neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine, which reduce hunger. There are also other ways that Phentermine may reduce appetite but these are less well understood.
For example, Phentermine (of which Adipex is one brand) may also reduce appetite by increasing the levels of leptin, a neurotransmitter that leads you to stop feeling hungry. It may also reduce the levels of neuropeptide Y, which is a peptide that makes you hungry. In this way Adipex is intended to reduce hunger, and it is through this reduced hunger that you are able to lose weight while taking it. To get a prescription for Adipex (or, for that matter any other Phentermine-based drug) you must go to your doctor who will conduct an evaluation to determine whether or not it is right for you. If your doctor determines that you are in good health and are not at risk for any other drug interactions then they will prescribe you Adipex or another form of Phentermine.
Adipex is not approved for use for more than 12 weeks, because if it is used for a longer period than tolerance will build up rapidly and the medication will become less effective. If a user of Adipex develops tolerance than they have to take increasing doses to achieve the same effect, but this is extremely dangerous and can cause serious side effects.
The most important to remember about Adipex is that it is not by itself a solution to obesity problems, and that it can cause serious side effects that must be considered carefully with your doctor before you take it. There are also entire categories of patients who should not take Adipex because of either prior medical conditions (such as diabetes, which means patients must be careful taking it) or other medications that may interact with it (such as Adderall). All of these factors must be considered when working with your doctor to decide whether or not Adipex is right for you.
What is Adipex Retard?
It is a brand name of Phentermine Resinate or Mirapront Phentermine, which is another derivative of Phentermine HCL, sold under Adipex Retard brand in Czech Republic and other countries in Europe. Unlike Phentermine HCL, the normal dosage of resinat is around 75 mg. It can also contain polyethylene glycol ricinoleate which may cause uncomfortable feelings in the stomach. The purpose of this drug is the same as regular HCL – appetite suppressant. Adipex Retard is not available in the United States, Australia, UK and Canada.
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