How Does Adipex Work?

Adipex-P® (phentermine) is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of weight loss. But how does it work? Adipex is chemically related to amphetamines and works in the brain by suppressing the appetite. It may also work by increasing the metabolism.
Adipex is meant to be used in combination with diet, exercise, and behavioral modification. This weight loss medication is approved for treating people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater or a BMI of 27 or greater if there are other risk factors, such as high cholesterol or diabetes.
This drug is meant to treat exogenous obesity, which is caused by eating too much and exercising too little; it is not meant to treat obesity due to a known medical cause.
After a few weeks, the appetite suppressant effect of Adipex usually wears off. When this happens, the medication should be stopped -- it should not be increased or continued in any way.
(For more information on how Adipex works, click Adipex Uses. This article provides a complete overview of this medication, including information on its uses, whether it is safe for children, and how it works to help people lose weight.)
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