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Adipex-P is a medicine used for short-term (a few weeks) treatment for obesity, in addition to diet and exercise.
Adipex-P is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.
How does this medication work?
Adipex-P is thought to work by suppressing your appetite.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: When used as an add-on to diet and exercise, Adipex-P may help you lose more weight than dieting alone.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Adipex-P exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice a decrease in your weight. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your medicine is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: increased blood pressure, constipation, dizziness, headache, restlessness, rash, changes in your sex drive.
Less common side effects may include:
Mental and physical dependence can occur. Keep Adipex-P in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.
Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs), with symptoms such as shortness of breath, unexplained chest pain, fainting, or swelling of your legs and feet.
Adipex-P may also cause heart problems.
Do not take Adipex-P if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Adipex-P if you have a history of heart disease (such as a stroke, abnormal heart beat or rhythm, or high blood pressure that is not controlled).
Do not take Adipex-P if you are very anxious, tense, or agitated.
Do not take Adipex-P if you have a history of drug abuse.
Do not take Adipex-P if you have an overactive thyroid gland or glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).
Do not take Adipex-P if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not take Adipex-P if you take another medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (such as phenelzine, selegiline, or linezolid), a class of medications used to treat depression and other conditions. Do not start taking Adipex-P if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Adipex-P. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, seizures, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults >16 years: The usual dose is one capsule or one tablet once a day. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
Take Adipex-P exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or take Adipex-P more often without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Adipex-P either 1 hour before breakfast or 2 hours after breakfast. Avoid taking Adipex-P in the late evening because it may cause restlessness and trouble sleeping.
Do not drink alcohol or take medications that make you sleepy while taking Adipex-P.
Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Adipex-P affects you.
Do not take Adipex-P with other over-the-counter, herbal, or prescription weight loss medications (such as fluoxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, or paroxetine). Adipex-P should be taken only as short-term, single therapy treatment for obesity.
If Adipex-P is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Adipex-P with the following: alcohol, diabetes medications (such as insulin or metformin), or MAOIs.
Adipex-P can harm your unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Do not take Adipex-P if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Adipex-P, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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