A brand name for the generic drug phentermine, Adipex-P is a stimulant similar to amphetamines and is used as an appetite suppressant that can affect the Central Nervous System. It is also available in other brand names, including Ionamin, Obenix, Oby-Cap, Teramine and Zantryl.
When Adipex-P is used in combination with diet, exercise, and behavioral modification, it is known to be effective in the treatment of obesity in individuals with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
Abuses of Adipex-P
While they are a popular choice for many, over the counter diet pills are known as one of the unhealthiest and most dangerous methods for losing weight or maintaining weight control. Readily and easily accessible to nearly everyone, diet pills have become a prime target for abuse. For those who begin taking the drugs for the right reason, they can even find themselves increasing the dose to achieve a specific feeling or result.
Common ingredients in Adipex-P help to drive the addiction and include caffeine, ephedrine and phenylpropranolamine. Such addictive ingredients make Adipex-P an easy target for tolerance, addiction, and eventually abuse. As over-the-counter medications continue to be easy to access and deemed harmless, they become an even greater risk.
Effects of Adipex-P
Even within the medical profession, there are still questions as to exactly how Adipex-P and medications like it work to help people lose weight. It could help by decreasing appetite or increasing the amount of energy used by the body, or it may affect certain parts of the brain. Belonging to a class of drugs called sympathomimetic amines, Adipex-P is an appetite suppressant.
When using Adipex-P, serious effects can be common and warrant a discontinuation of the drug. Such effects can include feeling short of breath; swelling, rapid weight gain; chest pain, fast or uneven heartbeat, feeling like you might pass out; unusual thoughts or behavior, feeling restless or confused; or dangerously high blood pressure.
Withdrawal of Adipex-P
An addiction to Adipex-P can develop very quickly, putting an individual at risk if the medication is abruptly discontinued. Such an individual may find it very difficult to function without it.
Withdrawal symptoms associated with the removal of Adipex-P from the body can include, but are not limited to:
• High blood pressure
• Stomach pain
• Menstrual irregularities
• Memory loss
• Heart palpitations
• Congestive heart failure
• Cardiac arrest
• Nerve damage
Treatment of Adipex-P Addiction
Adipex-P withdrawal has been known to cause potentially dangerous and uncomfortable symptoms for a dependent individual. To keep these symptoms at bay and monitor the individual’s health, it is important the addicts seek prioritized care from a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist to ensure the individual rids their body of the drug completely.
This process will include entering a center for 24/7 comfortable detox treatment. This approach relies on withdrawal medications designed specifically for those suffering with an Adipex-P addiction. The comfortable detox method is used to correct the chemical imbalances in the individual and should be combined with psychological evaluations and medical care to address cravings for the drug.