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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Adipex


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 01/17/2000]
Question: what is (adapax) diet pill and its side affects, should a doctor prescribe this pill to a 21 yr old that weights 136pds and is 5'5', and is not fat by no means, need help with this drug. is it legal or what. need to put a stop to this drug. costs the girls a 100.00 avisit and they have to keep going back once a month. and what is the side effects, please reply.thanks terri

Answer: Adipex is a brand name for phentermine. This is part of the diet combination that was used so effectively with phen-fen. However, the fen part of it did have occasional cardiac valve problems which resulted in it being taken off the market and ongoing testing. There is a pending class action suit on patients who took this by the way. Phentermine by itself is only mildly effective in weight loss, most physicians have seen little help. It is a sympathomimetic amine with similar activity to amphetamines. It is only useful for 3-4 weeks as an adjunct to weight loss and of little/no effect after the first month(like the other amphetamines).

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