Adipex, a brand name of the medication phentermine, can be used with diet and exercise to help people lose weight. This medication is a stimulant similar to an amphentamine and can be habit-forming. Although the medication can prove useful to obese individuals with medical issues stemming from their weight, it should not be used as a casual weight loss product. Individuals should only take Adipex with a valid prescription and under the guidance of a doctor.
Record information about your weight and health, including previous weight loss attempts and any current medical issues you suffer from as a result of your weight.
Research the benefits and risks associated with Adipex. Create a list of reasons why you feel Adipex may prove useful to you based upon this research. Examples may include explaining that you would like to take the medication to help you to lose weight to lower your blood high pressure or high cholesterol.
See your doctor. Share the information you recorded about your previous weight loss attempts and health history, as well as your argument for wanting a prescription for Adipex.
Keep an open mind as you listen to your doctor's response. If your doctor does not think Adipex is right for you, listen carefully to her objections and the reasoning behind her decision.
Get a second opinion. If you do not agree with your doctor's decision, discuss the issue with another doctor.
Adipex is generally only prescribed for individuals with medical conditions that stem from being excessively overweight, such as diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, according to the Physicians’ Desktop Reference. If you do not fall into this category, Adipex may not be appropriate for your situation.
Although it is perfectly acceptable to get a second opinion, it is not wise to “shop around” for a doctor that will write you a prescription. If more than one doctor does not think your situation requires the medication, you should explore other weight loss treatments.