Adipex Warnings and Precautions
Before starting Adipex, warnings and precautions for the drug should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Let your healthcare provider know if you have glaucoma, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism before using the drug. Adipex precautions and warnings also include the risk of serious side effects in some people taking the medication and the safety of taking Adipex if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Adipex-P if you have:
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Heart problems of any kind, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, certain irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias), or a recent heart attack
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eye)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Adipex-P include the following:
- Adipex-P can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. This can cause problems, especially if you already have high blood pressure or heart problems.
- A combination of Adipex-P and fenfluramine ("phen/fen") has been shown to cause dangerous side effects, including problems with the heart valves and a lung problem known as primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). It appears that Adipex-P alone may also cause these problems, although less commonly. Let your healthcare provider know if you have any symptoms of PPH, such as:
- Fatigue or weakness
- Dizziness or fainting
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Ankle swelling
- Blue lips or skin.
- Adipex-P is chemically similar to amphetamines, which are often abused. Taking Adipex-P for long lengths of time can lead to dependence. Because Adipex-P is often abused, there are special rules for prescribing and dispensing the drug.
- It is usually best to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Adipex-P.
- If you have diabetes and take insulin, your healthcare provider may need to adjust your insulin dosage, since Adipex-P suppresses the appetite.
- Before you take Adipex-P, your healthcare provide should make sure your obesity is not caused by a medical problem.
- Adipex-P may affect your ability to perform tasks that require complete concentration, such as driving, operating machinery, or piloting an airplane, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. It is recommended that you use caution until you know exactly how Adipex-P affects you.
- Adipex-P can interact with a number of different medications (see Adipex Drug Interactions for more information).
- Adipex-P is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe to take during pregnancy. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Adipex-P during pregnancy (see Adipex and Pregnancy).
- It is not known whether Adipex-P passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Adipex and Breastfeeding).