Medications that Conflict with Adipex Use

by moderator on December 29, 2019

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There are pros and cons associated with Adipex use to lose weight. On the one hand, this is a really popular diet pill that has been around for many years, and it has helped a lot of people lose weight with greater ease and speed. On the other hand, however, there are several precautions that need to be taken before and during Adipex use.

First, you will need to be evaluated by your doctor, who will determine if Adipex use is a safe idea in your case, based on your health and your weight, as well as your weight’s impact on your overall health.

Next, you will need to tell your doctor about any medications and supplements that you are taking, as well as any medical conditions that you dealt with in the past and are currently dealing with. Doing so will help your physician decide if Adipex use would be safe or if you are taking medications that would conflict with Adipex in a negative way.

Whether your medications would be less effective, or side effects would occur if you continued taking your medications while taking Adipex, there are good reasons why you need to disclose all of this information to your doctor.

A Little Bit More Background on Adipex

Adipex is an appetite-suppressing drug that can help with weight loss when combined with the right diet and exercise regimen. The precise way in which this drug works is not yet known, though it is believed that it works on the nervous system in order to decrease the brain’s signals that lead to hunger pangs. It functions in a way that is similar to amphetamine in that it stimulates the nervous system. This causes the heart rate to increase and increases the blood pressure.

Note: certain patients should not take Adipex in the first place because of underlying health conditions. For example, according to Harvard Health Publishing, people who have heart-related pain or who have a fast heartbeat should not take Adipex because it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure.

What Medications Can Conflict with Adipex Use?

There are a number of medications that conflict with Adipex use. So, in addition to telling your doctor about other medical conditions that you suffer from, let him or her know about medications that you are taking for those problems.

The similarity of Adipex to amphetamine can cause interactions that are known to occur with amphetamines, such as Adderall. Also, antidepressants that are tri-cyclic or monoamine oxidase inhibitors are all medications that conflict with Adipex use. These combinations can result in harmful side effects from the extremely high levels of serotonin in the blood, such as high blood pressure.

Other types of medications that conflict with Adipex use include:

  • Diabetes medications – the use of Adipex may lead users to continually change the dosage of their diabetes medication due to changing amounts of food consumption.
  • Other types of weight loss medication – there are two issues of concern in combining Adipex with other weight-loss medication types. The first is that there has been virtually no study of these combinations, so the results are unknown and may be dangerous to the health of the user. The second is that if the formulas of the other medications contain the same or similar ingredients to those contained in Adipex, an increase in the instance and severity of side effects can occur, as can addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and overdose.
  • Medications including sodium bicarbonate in their formulas (not including its regular use in food products) – by taking medications that contain sodium bicarbonate along with your use of Adipex, you may cause more Adipex to be absorbed into the blood than is considered to be safe. This increases the instance and severity of unpleasant side effects.
  • Tromethamine – using Tromethamine (THAM) at the same time as Adipex can cause more Adipex to enter the bloodstream. This heightens your risk of unpleasant or even dangerous side effects.

Here is a list of some of the medications that can conflict with Adipex use:

  • Epinephrine
  • Venlafaxine
  • Linezolid
  • Benzphetamine
  • Ephedrine
  • Isoproterenol
  • Phenylephrine
  • Dopamine
  • Norepinephrine
  • Diethylpropion
  • Methamphetamine
  • Sibutramine
  • Procarbazine
  • Phendimetrazine
  • Dexmethylphenidate
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Tranylcypromine
  • Selegeline transdermal patches
  • Henelzine
  • Dextroamphetamine

Note: this is not a complete list, but it does give you a better idea of the many different medications for various conditions that might adversely interact with your use of Adipex to lose weight. Therefore, proceed with caution and let your doctor know about any medications that you take.

Be Open and Honest with Your Doctor About Medications You’re Taking

Before taking Adipex, make sure that you have told your doctor about any other forms of medication that you may be taking regularly or on occasion. Before taking a new medication throughout your use of Adipex, make sure to remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Adipex.

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