Adipex is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of obesity. Adipex may be used alone or with other medications. Adipex belongs to a class of drugs called CNS Stimulants, Anoxexiants; Stimulants; Sympathomimetic. It is not a first-choice medication for weight management because of side effects and the risk of abuse. It can be used short term if other similar medications haven't worked.
ADIPEX is indicated as a short-term (a few weeks) adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on exercise, behavioral modification and caloric restriction in the management of exogenous obesity for patients with an initial body mass index greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2, or greater than or equal to 27 kg/m2 in the presence of other risk factors (e.g., controlled hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia).
Dosage should be individualized to obtain an adequate response with the lowest effective dose. The usual adult dose is one capsule (37.5 mg) daily as prescribed by the physician, administered before breakfast or 1 to 2 hours after breakfast for appetite control. The usual adult dose is one tablet (37.5 mg) daily as prescribed by the physician, administered before breakfast or 1 to 2 hours after breakfast. The dosage may be adjusted to the patient’s needs. For some patients, half tablets (18.75 mg) daily may be adequate, while in some cases it may be desirable to give half tablets (18.75 mg) two times a day.
ADIPEX is not recommended for use in pediatric patients less than or equal to 16 years of age. Late evening medication should be avoided because of the possibility of resulting insomnia.
Phentermine is related chemically and pharmacologically to amphetamines. Amphetamines and other stimulant drugs have been extensively abused and the possibility of abuse of phentermine should be kept in mind when evaluating the desirability of including a drug as part of a weight reduction program.
Abuse of amphetamines and related drugs may be associated with intense psychological dependence and severe social dysfunction. There are reports of patients who have increased the dosage of these drugs to many times that recommended. Abrupt cessation following prolonged high dosage administration results in extreme fatigue and mental depression; changes are also noted on the sleep EEG.