Didrex uses include helping people lose weight by suppressing the appetite. The drug is designed to be used for a few weeks -- after that time period, the appetite-suppressing effects of Didrex typically wear off. It is approved for use in adults and adolescents 12 years old and older. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Didrex uses.
What Is Didrex Used For?Didrex® (benzphetamine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved as a short-term weight-loss aid.
With obesity on the rise (see Obesity Statistics), many people are searching for products to help with weight loss. Although the ideal weight-loss plans focus on gradual weight loss by eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity (see How to Lose Weight), many people have difficulty following such plans (or feel they need extra assistance in their efforts). Before turning to drastic measures such as weight-loss surgery, many people consider using weight-loss pills, especially if they have unsuccessfully tried to control their obesity (and exercise and diet have been ineffective).
For adults, the definition of obesity is a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (see BMI Calculator to find your BMI). People with a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered to be overweight, but not obese. Causes of obesity include overeating, lack of exercise, and other medical conditions (such as hypothyroidism). There are many health effects of obesity, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and strokes.
Obesity can be divided into two categories, endogenous obesity and exogenous obesity. Endogenous obeisty is caused by an identifiable medical condition, such as hypothyroidism. Exogenous obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little. Didrex is meant to treat exogenous obesity (meaning it is not meant to treat obesity due to a known medical cause).
Didrex is approved for short-term use (a few weeks), along with an appropriate diet for obesity treatment in people 12 years old and over. For this use, Didrex works mostly as an appetite suppressant, although it may also help to increase metabolism. After a few weeks, the appetite suppressant effect of Didrex usually wears off. When this happens, Didrex should be stopped (it should not be increased or continued in any way).