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Side Effects of the Diet Pill Adapex

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author image A.M. Tacon
A.M. Tacon is an associate professor of health at Texas Tech University. Her research interests include psychosocial factors in cancer, complementary therapies and stress reduction in individuals with cancer. Dr. Tacon runs mindfulness-based stress reduction programs for women with breast cancer, which is based on various forms of mindfulness meditation.
Side Effects of the Diet Pill Adapex
Adipex is used to treat obesity in combination with exercise and diet. Photo Credit Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Overview

Adipex or Adipex-P, generic name phentermine hydrochloride, is a prescription drug treatment used to treat obesity in combination with regular exercise and a healthy diet. It is classified as an anorexiant and is prescribed typically for a period of no more than 12 weeks. Adipex-P is a central nervous system stimulant as well as an appetite suppressant, which aids in losing weight. Adipex-P has chemical properties that are similar to amphetamines, so this drug therapy can be addictive; consequently, Adipex-P is prescribed for a specific period in order to prevent addiction. Phentermine therapy is associated with multiple potential effects.

Digestive Disturbances

Frequently reported side effects of this therapy that may be experienced are diarrhea and/or constipation, states RxList.com, depending on how your body responds to this medication. These adverse side effects are viewed as mild and temporary reactions. Also, these symptoms may be accompanied with stomach cramping and a dry mouth with an unpleasant taste. Contact your doctor for evaluation if diarrhea presents and persists without signs of subsiding, for dehydration may occur and produce medical complications.

Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is something to be considered before deciding on Adipex-P. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease or have problems with your blood pressure, then speak with your doctor before beginning this regimen. Primary pulmonary hypertension, heart palpitations and increases in heart rate known as tachycardia are conditions associated with Adipex-P, according to DrugLib.com. It is a good idea to monitor your blood pressure after beginning this medication even if you have no history of high blood pressure, just as a safety precaution. Moreover, if you should develop chest pain and breathing problems, go to an emergency room or see your doctor immediately.

Sexual Dysfunction

Adipex-P is documented as having the potential to produce sexual difficulties in men; that is, it may lead to impotence or erectile dysfunction where men are unable to perform sexually at all or are unable to maintain an erection. Additionally, another common side effect of this drug is that it may decrease libido, that is, the desire for sex, in both genders. If these side effects do occur and become worrisome, consult your physician as to a course of action that can be taken to reduce these adverse reactions.

Behavior and Mood Changes

Since Adipex-P is a central nervous system stimulant, differences may be noticed in behavior, such as restlessness or overstimulation, sleeping problems, and hyperactivity, states eMedTv.com. Also, episodes of dizziness, headaches and tremors may occur. Mood changes also are frequently reported with Adipex-P and may consist of an enhanced feeling of happiness or well-being known as euphoria as well as its opposite of a negative mood, or dysphoria. Do not delay in contacting your doctor if you begin experiencing mood shifts of extremes; get these symptoms evaluated as soon as possible for prompt treatment.

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