Adipex, Phentermine

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December 27 2003

The diet drug Adipex (generic name: phentermine) is a stimulant similar to an amphetamine, an anorectic drug used to stimulate the central nervous system (nerves and brain). Adipex increases heart rate and blood pressure while decreasing appetite. It is a short-term (a few weeks) appetite suppressant that is generally prescribed to obese individuals who are at increased health risk because of their weight. However, studies have shown that taking Adipex together with other diet drugs (e.g. Phen-Fen or Redux) can cause heart damage and lung problems, including primary pulmonary hypertension or PPH, which is a fatal lung disorder.

Adipex Side Effects

Other side effects from Adipex, similar to Fen-Phen side effects, may include tachycardia or abnormal heart beat, high blood pressure, dizziness, insomnia, and psychotic episodes.

Diet PillsAdipex, manufactured by GATE Pharmaceuticals to treat obesity, can also be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for; it can make you physically and psychologically dependant and cases of abuse have been reported.

Phentermine, the generic name for Adipex, is the most commonly prescribed appetite suppressant, mainly because it costs less than other FDA-approved diet pills. The FDA recommends short term use of Phentermine—meaning less than 12 weeks—along with a diet and exercise plan.

If you have the following conditions, you may not be able to take Adipex:
  • heart disease or high blood pressure;
  • arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries);
  • an overactive thyroid;
  • glaucoma;
  • if you are in an agitated state; or
  • if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • problems with your thyroid
  • an anxiety disorder,
  • epilepsy or another seizure disorder,
  • diabetes
You should also consult a doctor before taking Adipex if you are pregnant. As well, this medication should not be given to someone younger than 16 years old without a doctor's consent.

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension ("PPH") is a serious and potentially life threatening cardiovascular condition. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996, it found that the use of Fen Phen for three months or longer can increase in the risk of developing PPH by a factor of 23. PPH causes high blood pressure in the lungs that can create a feeling of breathlessness with minimal exertion, fatigue, dizzy spells, fainting and chest pain.

PPH Symptoms

Initially, the symptoms of PPH can include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
The symptoms of PPH can progress to include:
  • Bluish lips and skin
  • Ankle and lower leg swelling
  • Increased chest pain
  • Death

Adipex Legal Help

If you have suffered these side effects or other adverse side effects from the use of Adipex, you may qualify for damages or remedies that might be awarded in a possible class action against Adipex, please fill in the form to the right to submit your complaint.
Last updated September 16 2009

Reader Comments

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I took this medication in 1996. One year later, I experienced Bil. renal infarcts and ultimately a large pulmonary embolism. I have been left with tachycardia, mitral valve prolapse and episodes of chest pain. Is there anything that I can do?

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After being prescribed this pill and taking it for about nine months, I was hospitalized for shortness of breath, and then my pulmonary doctor diagnosed me with PAH from the phentermine.

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I am only 25 years old and have to take a corrective medication for the rest of my life.

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I was hospitalized for my congestive heart failure and dilated cardiomyopothy. My quality of life and physical heart damage has left me unable to work.

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I have headaches and problems with concentration and memory. My medical bills from the aneurysm are over $300,000.

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I am diagnosed with inappropriate tachycardia, diastolic dysfunction, pulmonary hypertension, and pulmonary fibrosis. I currently am on 3 liters of oxygen continuously.

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I have lost my job, health insurance, I now walk slower, talk slower, I have a processing disorder, I can't do math, I have anxiety, depression, stammer, I lost my social status. I now have to take lots of medication. I suffer now from complex MIGRAINES! They give me stroke like symptoms! My doctor said the stroke was because of the diet pills.

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