What is Adipex?
Adipex is the market name of a drug known as Phentermine; it belongs to the class of medication known as anorectics. Doctors prescribe Adipex to treat obesity. Adipex got the green signal from the food and drugs administration in the year 1959. The medicine got approved for short term use for people above 16 years of age.
How does it work?
Using Adipex works by suppressing the appetite that helps you to limit your daily calorie intake, and over time it will result in weight loss. The Adipex exact mechanism is still unclear; however, doctors believe that Adipex acts by increasing neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Neurotransmitter includes three types of chemical in the brain, i.e., norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. These chemical are inversely proportional to the feeling of hunger.
How much is Adipex effective for weight loss?
According to several clinical studies, Adipex is an effective medication for weight loss. On average, expected weight loss after using this medication is 5% of initial body weight. If you take it over 12 weeks, the percentage can rise upto 10% of the initial body weight. In the meta-analysis, combining the results of six studies, researchers found that individuals who took the Average dose of medicine, i.e., 27.5 mg, for 13 weeks lose the average weight of 6.3 kgs (13.9 pounds).
Adipex (Phentermine) works more effectively if you use it combining with Topiramate. The doctors prescribe Topiramate to treat seizures, but like Adipex tablets, they also have appetite-reducing properties. The combination of Topiramate and Phentermine is available under the brand name called Qsymia.
This medicine user experienced a significant decrease in waist circumference, improved insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control, and favorable effects on triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Other uses of Adipex
As mentioned above, Adipex is the market name of a drug known as Phentermine; and the combination of Topiramate and Phentermine available as Qsymia is an effective medication to reduce binge eating in people affected with Binge eating disorder and Bulimia nervosa.
Binge eating disorder or BED is often characterized by eating a lot of food too quickly to the level of discomfort.
Bulimia nervosa involves the same binge-eating behavior as with BED but includes behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, to compensate for the effects of binge eating.
You should know that Adipex dosage for weight loss varies depending upon its form and concentration. Your doctor should prescribe you the lowest effective dose of Adipex that you should take a day thrice. Please avoid taking the last Adipex dose too late in the day to prevent insomnia or difficulty falling or staying asleep.
You should stop taking Adipex if you don’t lose 5% of your body weight after 12 weeks on the highest daily dose.
What are the side effects of using Adipex?
Some of the most common side effects of using Adipex are as follows:
- Dry mouth
- Trouble in sleeping
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Heart palpitations
- Flushing of the skin
Healthy ways to promote and maintain weight loss
Yes, Adipex is an effective medication for weight loss, and to maintain that weight, you need to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your daily schedule. Without making the proper changes, you’ll likely gain back the weight you lost once you stop taking Adipex. You can opt for the following tips to incorporate a positive change in your lifestyle behavior:
- Reduce calorie intake
It is best to reduce your calorie intake by 300 – 500 per day. A registered and experienced dietician will help you to tailor your calorie range.
- Eat nutrient-dense food
Nutrient-dense food such as fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and relatively less in calories.
- Increase your physical activities
You should perform a moderate aerobic exercise such as running, walking, jogging, etc., daily.
- Change your behavior
Behavior changes include regular self-monitoring of food intake, physical activity, weight, and making adjustments if necessary.