Adipex is a brand name prescription drug of the generic form Phentermine. Along with diet, behavior modification and exercise, Adipex is used to help people lose weight.
This should not be used as a casual weight loss solution and you need to be under the supervision of a doctor. Adipex is an appetite suppressant which affects the nervous system that is similar to amphetamines. If you have a BMI of 27 or greater and risk factors for diabetes type-2, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, you health care provider may prescribe Adipex to assist in weight loss.
Precautions Before Taking Adipex
Pregnancy – If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should not take Adipex. Adipex can pass into breast milk and possibly harm a nursing infant. Adipex is listed as an FDA pregnancy Category X. This drug may harm an unborn baby.
MAO inhibitors – monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs) should not have been taken in the past 14 days. These drugs include: isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine. Taking MAOIs and Adipex together may cause a dangerous drug interaction. You may experience rapid heart beat, increased blood pressure, hallucinations or seizures. Make sure to tell your doctor about all prescription medications you are taking along with vitamins and any botanicals you are taking.
Allergies – if you are allergic to phentermine, you should not take Adipex. If you are allergic to other diet pills, cold medications, stimulants or amphetamines. Do not take Adipex if you are allergic to aspirin or yellow food dye, in particular FD&C Yellow No. 5 or tartrazine.
Diseases – Do not take Adipex if you have a history of heart disease such as coronary artery disease, rhythmia problems, congestive heart failure and/or stroke, pulmonary hypertension or uncontrolled high blood pressure. Don’t take Adipex if you have an overactive thyroid, kidney disease, diabetes or have been diagnosed with glaucoma.
Substance abuse – do not take Adipex if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Anxiety – if you are in an agitated state or have anxiety, do not take Adipex.
Taking other diet medications – Adipex should not be taken with fenfluramine (Phen-Fen) or Dexfenfluramine (Redux) as this can generate a rare but fatal lung disorder known as pulmonary hypertension. This is a form of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs. Don’t take Adipex with any other diet medications without consulting your health care provider first.
Addiction – Adipex may become habit forming. Don’t share your medication with any one and keep it away from children.
Age Restrictions – Do not give Adipex to children under the age of 16.