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Is there a good over-the-counter alternative to adipex?

Is there a good over-the-counter alternative to adipex?

Not exactly: There are no effective over-the -counter appetite suppressant, orlistat (alli) can be helpful in weight loss by cutting down on the fat you absorb, but it is essential to follow a low fat diet. ...Read more

Dr. Gail Altschuler
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Phentermine (Definition)

Phentermine is been around for about 60 years. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant the bariatrician in the winter of 2008. Has a article gives a great description of the medication phentermine. I have used Phentermine over the last nine years without any complications whatsoever. We only give a half of a 37.5 mg ...Read more


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Is there a over-the-counter diet pill that works like adipex?

Is there a over-the-counter diet pill that works like adipex?

No: Most over the counter medications are inefficient and have no significant randomised clinical studies or fda backing. ...Read more

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Can I easily lose 50 lbs with fastin (phentermine) xr? If so then how soon? Is it safe to purchase fastin (phentermine) xr over the counter?

Can I easily lose 50 lbs with fastin (phentermine) xr? If so then how soon? Is it safe to purchase fastin (phentermine) xr over the counter?

Need more info: If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, you should see your family physician for a physical. Then have the physician refer you to a dietitian. It's a waste of your money to try to lose weight on your own with an OTC preparation. Losing weight is serious business and you need accurate and safe advice to do it without harming your health. Don't believe the claims of a lot of OTC "medications". ...Read more

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How long will the over-the-counter diet pill fastin (phentermine) test positive in you urine?

How long will the over-the-counter diet pill fastin (phentermine) test positive in you urine?

Good luck!: I show the generic (phentermine) still as a prescription-only medication. So, whatever is in the over-the-counter version is not likely its true namesake, or potentially in a very reduced strength--either of these may not give you the results you are hoping for, and toxicity risk. Phentermine can show in urine drug screen for 10-14 days per internet resources. ...Read more

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I am currently taking phentermine 37.5 mg. Am 23 yrs. Can I take any sexual pill like viagra (sildenafil) or any other over the counter like Rhino?

I am currently taking phentermine 37.5 mg. Am 23 yrs. Can I take any sexual pill like viagra (sildenafil) or any other over the counter like Rhino?

I have not found: ...any drug interactions between phentermine and PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra (sildenafil). However, I don't recommend, Rhino-X and other OTC "sexual pills" under any circumstances. Some have been found to contain toxic substances. Regardless of your age, it's important to find out what underlying conditions may be contributing to sexual dysfunction. Please see your doctor. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Does phentermine actually help with weight loss? And is there an over the counter equivalent? I'm worried the prescribed phentermine may be too strong

Does phentermine actually help with weight loss? And is there an over the counter equivalent? I'm worried the prescribed phentermine may be too strong

Weight loss rx: 20 F of unknown ethnicity medical and Rx Hx asks about Phenyerimine forest loss. ANS: there are no proven meds for long term wt loss. You r eating more calories than burning. Si either I must restless or ur more. Get app fitness pal and track both the adjust one or both and weight melts. ...Read more

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What were the prescription or over-the-counter drug interactions seen in the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study? Anything people really have to watch out for?

What were the prescription or over-the-counter drug interactions seen in the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study? Anything people really have to watch out for?

Few to consider..: Qsymia=phentermine+topiramate: causes many side effects. Rare but serious ones: allergic reaction, high blood pressure, heart valve disorders, tremors, psychosis, pancreatitis, liver failures, thus careful with decongestant (pseudafed/phenylephrine), antihistamines 9zyrtec/benadryl), and tylenol (acetaminophen) containing products. Consult doc if u need to take these meds. Good luck. ...Read more

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What makes a good candidate for adipex or phentermine in order for a doctor to prescribe it?

What makes a good candidate for adipex or phentermine in order for a doctor to prescribe it?

Weight loss med: By nih criteria, you need to have bmi of 30 or more or 27 or more with 1 risk factor (high blood pressure, sugar issues, cholesterol problems...) to be able to get the weight loss med. Keep in mind, this drug should be used in conjunction with a sound diet/exercise routine and not by itself. The weight will come back if you don't do this in conjunction with diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Why is there a prescription limit on adipex? I was prescribed adipex four months ago. It helped me lose 20 lbs of stress weight I had gained, by suppressing my appetite and giving me energy. I felt good, motivated, no depression, no side effects and it

Phentermine: Phentermine is approved as an appetite suppressant to help reduce weight in obese patients when used short-term and combined with exercise, diet, and behavioral modification. It is used for a limited period of time to speed weight loss in overweight people who are exercising and eating a low-calorie diet. Phentermine is in a class of medications called anorectics and is similar to amphetamines and works by decreasing appetite. Phentermine has the potential to cause psychological dependence. After short term use, tolerance begins and can be followed by rebound weight gain.

You should see the physician that prescribed Phentermine to you to start with to see if further treatment would be useful. It is not as strictly controlled as amphetamines, so you may be able to convince your physician that this will be beneficial for you. ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Lost my health insurance & looking for a good over-the-counter diuretic alternative for dyazide (hydrocholorthiazide and triamterene) (triam/hctz).?

Lost my health insurance & looking for a good over-the-counter diuretic alternative for dyazide (hydrocholorthiazide and triamterene) (triam/hctz).?

OTC: In the us, there are no over-the counter diuretics. However, diuretics are priced very cheaply as most are generics, and most are included on 90-day drug lists at target, walmart, rite aid, etc. ...Read more

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How severe is adipex withdrawal?

No withdrawal: Adipex is not addictive and there is no withdrawal when stopped. Someone who has used it for an extended time might notice increased hunger and some fatigue for a short time. Check with your doctor before changing your meds. ...Read more

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Can I take adipex with synthriod?

Can I take adipex with synthriod?

No interaction: There is no known interaction between the two medicine. Synthroid (thyroxine) in appropriate/regulated dose is very safe--generally a lifetime medication. Adipex should not be used for prolonged period of time.
Any additional questions/concerns, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it ok to mix adipex with lialda?

No: No apparent interaction on my computer program. Always double check with pharmacist. ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking adipex?

What are the risks of taking adipex?

Adipex: Potential side effects include: palpitations, rapid heart rate, ^ blood pressure, ischemic event, anxiety, insomnia, headache, tremor, dizziness, dry mouth, diarrhea or constipation & sexual dysfunction. When a medication containing phentermine in combination with fenfluramine/ dexenfluramine was on the market – pulmonary hypertension & heart valve damage occurred. ...Read more

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When I take adipex will I lose weight?

When I take adipex will I lose weight?

That depends on you!: The amount of weight you lose with phentermine is variable depending of things like your calorie intake, level of obesity, gender, activity level, dosage, etc. According to a Livestrong article entitled “The Average Monthly Weight Loss Using Phentermine” a woman might lose 3 to 6 pounds per month and a man might lose 5 to 8 pounds per month when using a low-calorie diet in addition to Phentermine ...Read more

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Is it safe to take adipex and acaipure together?

Is it safe to take adipex and acaipure together?

Tricky question: Adipex does have some drug-drug-interactions, but you are asking about an herbal (?) product. It is possible for drug-food-herbal interactions, perhaps the physician who put you on adipex or will put you an this should take the time to answer this for you. Until then be careful with taking any over-the-counter product with any prescription medication. ...Read more

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What other diet meds are as effective as adipex?

What other diet meds are as effective as adipex?

Wishful thinking: Hi
over the long haul of bariatric meds, Phentermine (generic of adipex) still sems to work the best in my opinion. But, and a big but--no pun intended. I believe only a physician who specializes in weight loss and has taken special medical education re: weight loss meds should be prescribing for these meds. I do wish more meds would be appoved by the fda. I have lots to say about lack of wt med. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the effects of snorting adipex?

Doctors, what are the effects of snorting adipex?

Anecdotal: My understanding is that it may cause anxiety, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate. It is NOT recommended. Don't endanger your health. ...Read more

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What happens if I take adipex will I lose weight?

What happens if I take adipex will I lose weight?

Weight loss: Studies show average weight loss of approximately 8% of body weight. medication works primarily thru appetite suppression. Common side effects are insomnia, anxiety, increased heart rate, lower appetite, dry mouth and upset stomach. best to start with a low dose to establish how well its tolerated. I believe it to be relatively effective for brief use - 8-12 week range. Over time tolerance develop ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I take adipex will I lose weight?

Can you tell me if I take adipex will I lose weight?

Possibly: The amount of weight you lose with phentermine is variable depending of things like your calorie intake, level of obesity, gender, activity level, dosage, etc. According to a Livestrong article entitled “The Average Monthly Weight Loss Using Phentermine” a woman might lose 3 to 6 pounds per month and a man might lose 5 to 8 pounds per month when using a low-calorie diet in addition to Phentermine ...Read more

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What is the difference between adipex and ionamine?

What is the difference between adipex and ionamine?

No difference: Both are basically adrenaline or amphetamine type drugs. Both are basically the same: just different manufacturers. Can help lose about 5-10 pounds. Must be prescribed and monitored for changes in blood pressure or pulse rate. Can take for about 3 months. Must be combined with healthy eating. Lots of veggies, fruits, protein, and some grains. ...Read more

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Can taking adipex show positve on a drug test after taking 5 hours before?

Can taking adipex show positve on a drug test after taking 5 hours before?

Absolutely.: Adipex is phentermine, a form of amphetamine. While the clinical effect of amphetamines may last no more than a few hours, the elimination half-life, the time it takes the body to rid itself of half of the total amount, can be 10 to 13 hours. It would take up to five half-lives to eliminate all the drug from your system. ...Read more

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I took an adipex 96 hrs before a drug test....will it show up on my drug test?

I took an adipex 96 hrs before a drug test....will it show up on my drug test?

Depends: Amphetamine can be detectable for 3-5 days after use. Adipex is similar to amphetamine. It will also depend on if urine is tested for amphetamines.
Wish you good health!
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I was thinking about starting adipex, I am about 60-70 pounds overweight. Is this safe?

I was thinking about starting adipex, I am about 60-70 pounds overweight. Is this safe?

No Pills for Wt Loss: There are no pills that bring anyone true and lasting weight loss. The right way to lose weight is life style...Changing your diet, calories and exercise.... ...Read more

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Would it be recommended to to take an adderral 20mg the same day as taking an adipex 37.5mg?

Would it be recommended to to take an adderral 20mg the same day as taking an adipex 37.5mg?

Be careful.: If you're taking the Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) regularly & it's a safe &effective dose, you might tolerate the adipex, but not necessarily so. Both are stimulants. Significant negative effects would not be surprising. Further, I question the usefulness of phentiramine at all. It doesn't have sustained wgt-loss effect. & Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) itself helps limit wgt gain. Consider a more all-day Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) regimen + diet/fitness. ...Read more

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How long does adipex stay in your system to where the side effects will start to decrease thru out the day.

How long does adipex stay in your system to where the side effects will start to decrease thru out the day.

Phentermine: Adipex has a half life of about 24 hours. It takes five half-lives to hit "steady state", and the same time to clear the medication. That means about three days. Many patients develop a tolerance quickly and the side effects - and effectiveness- where's off. On average in about two months. Many people get insomnia and dry mouth taking adipex. Those should where off before tolerance develops ...Read more