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Jan 25, 2010

Adipex Side Effects

The potential side effects of Adipex diet pills are significant, and can include…

  • Tachycardia (erratic heart beat)
  • Elevation of blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness and tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Euphoria
  • Headache
  • Psychotic episodes (occur rarely at recommended doses).

Therefore, the minimum effective dose of the drug should be used in every case. Other possible side effects include dryness of the mouth and unpleasant taste, diarrhea, constipation, skin allergy, changes in sex drive, and occassionally even impotence.

Long term therapy with Adipex, especially in combination with another class of appetite suppressants called SSRI’s (also used in depression) can lead to permanent alterations in the blood vessels of the lung and the inner lining of the heart. This can cause abnormal functioning of the heart valves.

Awareness of this possibility is essential and any deterioration in tolerance for exercise (heavy breathing, etc) should be immediately reported. Treatment will need to be discontinued if new, unexplained symptoms like breathing difficulty, chest pain, episodes of unconsciousness or lower limb swelling should occur. For the same reason Adipex must be avoided in people with existing defects in blood flow through the lungs and abnormally functioning heart valves.

The potential of drug abuse needs to be kept in mind for physicians prescribing Adipex. Regular monitoring for signs of insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, personality changes and signs of “drug seek” behavior is essential. The most severe manifestation of chronic abuse is psychosis, often differing very little from full-blown schizophrenia.

Abrupt cessation following a prolonged period of treatment may result in extreme fatigue, mental depression, and changes in sleep patterns. This drug should be tapered off gradually.

An overdose of Adipex diet pills may result in restlessness, tremor, rapid respiration, confusion, aggressiveness, hallucinations and panic states. It may also result in irregular heart beats, hypertension or hypotension, even circulatory collapse. Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Fatigue and depression usually follow this state of over-stimulation.

Fatal poisoning usually terminates in convulsions and coma.

In the event of a suspected overdose, medical attention needs to be sought. Depending on the severity of the reaction, admission for observation, sedation and intravenous therapy for elevated blood pressure may be required.


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