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Oral Phentermine Hydrochloride (HCL) is sold for weight loss. It is an
appetite suppressants used for the short-term management of exogenous
obesity. When used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and behavior therapy,
Phentermine may help you to lose weight while you are learning new ways to
eat and to exercise.
Three forms of Phentermine are available:
How does Phentermine work?
Phentermine works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and affecting
certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite. The hypothalamus is the region
of the brain that controls the autonomic nervous system, regulating sleep
cycles, body temperature, appetite, etc.
Proper Use of Phentermine
Phentermine should be taken on an empty stomach, once daily, prior to
breakfast. If in tablet form, the tablet may be broken or cut in half.
Phentermine may disrupt normal sleep patterns, avoid taking a dose late in
the day. If taking more than one dose a day, take the last dose approx. 4-6
hours prior to going to bed.
The following information is specific only to the average doses of
Phentermine. The recommended dose of Phentermine may be different for
different patients. If your dose is different, do NOT change it unless your doctor
tells you to do so.
Adults under Age 60
Oral dosage form (Capsules) – 15 to 37.5 mg once/day before breakfast or
1-2 hours after breakfast.
Oral dosage form (Tablets) – 15 to 37.5 mg once/day before breakfast or 12 hours after breakfast. Instead of taking it once a day, your doctor may tell
you to take 15 to 37.5 mg in divided doses one-half hour before meals.
Oral resin dosage form (Capsules) – 15 to 30 mg once/day before
Adults Age 60 and Over
A reduced dosage may be necessary. Consult your physician.
Infants and Children
Phentermine is NOT recommended for children under age 16.
Maximum Dosage Recommendations
Take Phentermine ONLY as directed by your doctor.
Do NOT take more of it
Do NOT take it more often, and
Do NOT take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
If too much Phentermine is taken, it may cause unwanted effects or become
Please speak with your doctor if you think that Phentermine is not working
properly after you have taken it for a few weeks. DO NOT increase the dose.
Generic phentermine pills are identical, or bioequivalent to brand name
Dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance
characteristics and intended use are all the same as the branded versions of
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant and the full name of the active
substance in all phentermine pills is Phentermine Hydrochloride.
What do generic phentermine pills look like?
Strength: 30mg phentermine
Blue and clear Capsule
Manufacturer: Sandoz (formerly Eon Labs)
Strength: 15mg phentermine
Grey and yellow Capsule
Manufacturer: Sandoz (formerly Eon Labs)
Manufacturer: Sandoz (formerly Eon Labs)
What are Generic Drugs?
When drugs are launched they are released under a patent protection which
restricts other pharmaceutical companies from manufacturing and selling the
medication until after the patent has expired. This is to protect the investment
that the pharmaceutical company initially made in research and development
before the drug was launched. Once the patent has expired other companies
may apply to produce their own versions of the drug. Unbranded “copies” are
known as generics.
What is the difference between Generic Phentermine and Branded
The active ingredients in generic phentermine pills are chemically identical
to the branded alternatives. Medications are partly made up of inactive
ingredients which help formulate the active ingredient (phentermine) into a
tablet or capsule. Different manufacturers may employ different inactive
ingredients and this is why phentermine pills vary in shape and appearance.
Inactive ingredients may also have an effect on factors such as how quickly the
drug is absorbed into your body.
Who manufacturers generic phentermine?
The form of generic phentermine pills pictured above are manufactured by
Sandoz. Sandoz is one of the largest manufacturers of generic medications in
the United States. It is the generic arm of Novartis, one of the world’s largest
Adipex-P® is the leading brand name of the generic drug Phentermine
Hydrochloride. Commonly referred to as “Adipex”. Adipex is manufactured by
Gate Pharmaceuticals who have been marketing the diet pill since 1990.
What does Adipex look like?
Adipex is available in both tablet and capsule form, however the blue speck
tablets are most popular and are available at the larger dosage of 37.5mg.
Adipex tablets: are blue and white and oblong in shape. Each tablet is
scored and debossed with “ADIPEX-P” and “9”-“9″. Adipex tablet are packaged
in bottles of 30.
Adipex capsules: one end is opaque bright blue and the other end is opaque
white. Imprinted onto each capsule is “ADIPEX-P” – “37.5” and two dark blue
stripes. Adipex Capsules are packaged in bottles of 100.
What is Adipex prescribed for?
Adipex is an appetite suppressant and has successfully been helping people
lose weight since it was released onto the market. It is designed to be used in
combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Who should Adipex be prescribed for?
Normally Adipex is prescribed for the excessively overweight who also suffer
with a condition such as such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high
cholesterol. To class as a suitable candidate for Adipex someone must have a
BMI of 27+.
How does Adipex work?
Adipex works by affecting parts of the central nervous system which
effectively suppress the feeling of hunger. Adipex is known to increase levels of
energy within patients which can be expended through exercise.
Adipex is a prescription drug.
Adipex is classed as a controlled substance with the US and is only
available on prescription. The chemical composition of Adipex is similar to that
of amphetamines and if taken for a prolonged period of time can be addictive. It
is usually recommended that Adipex be taken for no longer than a period of a
few weeks without a break. Adipex can also be habit forming and it should
only be taken by the patient it was prescribed for.
Adipex side effects
Side effects of Adipex may include:
Increase in blood pressure
Dryness of the mouth
Changes in libido
Difficulty in breathing
Ankle and extremity Swelling
What precautions should be taken before using Adipex?
Inform your Doctor of the following:
If you are allergic to phentermine or any other medications.
What other medications you are currently taking (prescription and nonprescription)
If you have ever suffered from a heart condition, high blood pressure,
arteriosclerosis, overactive thyroid, diabetes, glaucoma or have a history
of drug abuse.
If are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you
become pregnant whilst taking Adipex tell your doctor.
If you are subject to agitated states.
Adipex with fenfluramine (Phen-Fen)
Adipex (phentermine) should not been taken with fenfluramine, when taken
together this combination of drugs is known as Phen-Fen. Both phentermine
and fenfluramine are FDA approved medications. However, in 1997 the FDA
issued a public health warning that when taken together patients are at
considerable risk of developing abnormalities in their heart valves which could
result in seriousness of the cardiac problems.
Overdoses of Adipex can have serious consequences, if quantities are high
enough this can include death. If an overdose is suspected seek medical help
Symptoms of overdosage can include: restlessness, tremor, hyperreflexia,
rapid respiration, confusion, assaultiveness, hallucinations, panic states,
fatigue, depression, arrhythmia, hypertension or hypotension, circulatory
collapse, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps.
Fatal poisoning usually terminates in convulsions and coma.
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