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Sanorex is the brand name for the generic medication, mazindol. It is similar to an amphetamine and is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity as it increases the heart rate and blood pressure while decreasing the appetite.

Sanorex is generally taken one to three times a day before meals. Sanorex is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Not all individuals can take the same amount of Sanorex and its use should be closely monitored by a doctor.

Sanorex is well-known to be habit forming and an individual taking the medication can become physically and psychologically dependent, needing more of the drug to function. Those who begin taking Sanorex generally do so with the intent to take them responsibly and under the care of a doctor. After a short amount of time, a tolerance can develop and the individual will feel the need for more of the medication to achieve the same effect. Before long, a full blown dependency develops.

Sanorex can work on the brain very similarly to cocaine and therefore, withdrawal symptoms very closely mimic those of a cocaine addiction and withdrawal. Stopping the drug without tapering off use can lead to very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Psychotic reaction
  • Intense hunger
  • Irritability
  • Increased sleeping
  • Hangover
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Violence
  • Craving

Sanorex withdrawal can cause potentially dangerous symptoms that can put an individual at risk of death. As such, it essential withdrawal is done only under the care of a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist.

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