Adipex Cautions and Side Effects

Not too different from an amphetamine, Adipex is a form of stimulant which works to suppress the appetite by impacting certain chemicals in the central nervous system. When used in conjunction with diet and exercise (not alone), it can be an effective tool in assisting clinically obese individuals to reduce their weight as well as their risk of such health issues as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Of course, your doctor may have prescribed Adipex for other reasons, but those are the primary health concerns for which Adipex is most commonly recommended.

As with all medications, there are some people who are not ideal candidates for taking Adipex. For example, if you have used an MAO inhibitor within the last past fourteen days (for example, Nardil also known as phenelzine, isocarboxazid also known as Marplan, selegiline also known as Emsam and Eldepryl, rasagiline also known as Azilect, or tranycypromine also known as Parnate). If an MAO inhibitor has not yet been cleared of the body, taking Adipex can cause very serious, potentially life-threatening side effects.

It is important that you don’t take Adipex unless it is recommended by your doctor. While it can have tremendously beneficial effects, there are some reasons that makes Adipex a bad choice:

Arteriosclerosis (hardened arteries)

High blood pressure

Heart disease

Overactive thyroid


If you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse

If you suffer from anxiety or depression

For this reason, if your doctor is considering prescribing Adipex, you should first notify him or her if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

An anxiety disorder


Thyroid-related problems


Any seizure disorder


Other conditions may allow you to use Adipex, only with an adjustment in dosage or slow testing to see if the drug works well for you.

No definitive tests have ever proven whether it is safe for pregnant women to take this drug, so it is therefore advisable for you to tell your doctor if you know or suspect that you might be pregnant. It is also not known whether or not Adipex can be passed through breast milk, so it should not be used if you are nursing. Anyone under the age of 16 years old should not take this medication unless it is specifically prescribed by a doctor. That being said, nobody but the intended recipient of the prescription should ever take Adipex as everybody has their own ideal dosage and timing for taking the pills.