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Adipex is a medication that stimulates a brain region called the hypothalamus and causes a series of “fight-or-flight” physiological responses, similar to those created by adrenaline, which is released while your body is under stress or excitement. By artificially creating a false fight-or-flight response, appetite is reduced, and energy is used for increasing heart rate and blood pressure, according to Adipex.org 1.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
The generic name of the active ingredient in Adipex is phentermine hydrochloride. The chemical name for phentermine hydrochloride is α,α,-Dimethylphenethylamine hydrochloride. Phentermine hydrochloride is a white and odorless powder, according to Drugs.com 23. Phentermine hydrochloride belongs to the amphetamine class of drugs, and its actions include central nervous system stimulation. Increased heart rate and blood pressure have been seen with all drugs of this class. When used for weight loss, these drugs are also called “anorectics,” because they suppress appetite. Because:
- phentermine hydrochloride affects the central nervous system
- unpleasant neural consequences have been observed
- including dizziness
- blurred vision
- The generic name of the active ingredient in Adipex is phentermine hydrochloride.
- Phentermine hydrochloride is a white and odorless powder, according to Drugs.com 2.
Inactive Ingredients in Capsules
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Although meant to be inactive, these ingredients may trigger allergies in some rare cases.
Inactive Ingredients in Tablets
In the tablet form of Adipex, sugar is added to enhance the flavor. Other inactive ingredients include:
- corn starch
- magnesium stearate
- microcrystalline cellulose
- pregelatinized starch
- food colorings
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Taking Adipex together with other diet medications may cause serious consequences such as pulmonary hypertension. If not treated, pulmonary hypertension can be fatal. Also, Adipex may be addictive to some people, particularly those with drug abuse history. It should not be shared with anyone other than the prescription holder. If allergies occur with signs and symptoms such as rash, difficulty breathing or swelling, medical attention should be sought immediately.
- Taking Adipex together with other diet medications may cause serious consequences such as pulmonary hypertension.
- Also, Adipex may be addictive to some people, particularly those with drug abuse history.
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- Adipex.org: Adipex Information
- Drugs.com: Adipex-P
- MayoClinic.com: Weight Loss: Is phentermine a good option for weight loss?
- Marin SJ, Doyle K, Chang A, Concheiro-Guisan M, Huestis MA, Johnson-Davis KL. One hundred false-positive amphetamine specimens characterized by liquid chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry. J Anal Toxicol. 2016;40(1):37-42. doi:10.1093/jat/bkv101
- U.S. National Library of Medicine. Phentermine Hydrochloride. Updated October 19, 2018.
- American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Drug abuse testing. Updated November 20, 2019.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine. Phentermine. Updated May 15, 2017.
Cindy Han has been writing since 1997. Her work includes articles in "Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences" and "Behavioral Neuroscience" and a book chapter in "Attention." Han received the Eurocenter Scholarship from UK and Science for Humanities fellowship from Spain. She holds a Ph.D. in biopsychology from State University of New York-Stony Brook and is a California Institute of Technology-trained neuroscientist.