What is Adipex-P?
Adipex-P (phentermine) is a prescription medicine similar to amphetamine. Phentermine stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. Adipex
Adipex-P is used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity, especially in people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Adipex-P if you are allergic to phentermine, or if you have:
- a history of heart disease (coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems, congestive heart failure, stroke);
- severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;
- overactive thyroid;
- extreme agitation or nervousness;
- a history of drug abuse; or
- if you take other diet pills.
Do not use Adipex-P if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, methylene blue injection and others.
Do not use Adipex-P if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
You should not breast-feed while using Adipex-P.
To make sure Adipex-P is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- heart disease or coronary artery disease;
- a heart valve disorder;
- high blood pressure;
- thyroid problems;
- anxiety or nervousness;
- previous drug abuse;
- diabetes (your diabetes medication dose may need to be adjusted); or
- kidney disease.
Adipex-P is not approved for use by anyone younger than 16 years old.
How should I take Adipex-P?
Take Adipex-P exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose.
Adipex-P is usually taken before breakfast, or 1 to 2 hours after breakfast. Follow your doctor’s dosing instructions very carefully.
Never use phentermine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Taking more of this medication will not make it more effective and can cause serious, life-threatening side effects.
Adipex-P is for short-term use only. The effects of appetite suppression may wear off after a few weeks.
Phentermine may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away phentermine is against the law.