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A brand name for the generic, over-the-counter 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.

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. Even 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.

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.

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. To keep these risks 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 safely and completely.

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