How to Stop Taking Adipex


Adipex (Phentermine) is a prescription appetite suppressant taken in pill form to treat obesity. Prolonged use of the drug can lead to dependency and withdrawal symptoms, which is why it is important to follow a doctor's instructions to stop taking Adipex. It may be necessary to taper off use of the drug gradually, although you should not use Adipex in tandem with another appetite suppressant as you wean yourself off the medication.

Talk to your doctor about the benefits and potential withdrawal symptoms from stopping Adipex. Develop a plan with your doctor for tapering gradually from your regular dose to a half dose, quarter dose and eventually stopping altogether.

Know that Adipex is usually prescribed for only a few weeks before a break in medication, followed by resumed use. This is designed to reduce the risk of side effects and dependency on the drug.

Tell your doctor if you experience withdrawal symptoms such as severe exhaustion and depression.

Avoid taking any other appetite-suppressant, either prescription or over-the-counter, until you are completely off Adipex and have been so for at least two weeks.

Be aware that Adipex can affect sleep patterns, including the tapering period while you are weaning off the drug.

Tips & Warnings

  • In rare cases, addiction to Adipex has been reported. Some patients have described taking more than their prescribed dosage or combining the drug with other medication to reduce weight. In rare cases, this has been known to cause pulmonary hypertension, a lung disorder which can be fatal. Do not drink alcohol while taking Adipex.

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