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Prescription Weight Loss Medications - Reviews of Didrex
Please read Part One of this series of articles on Weight Loss Medications before continuing. It contains important advice applicable to all forms of weight loss medications.
The chemical Benzphetamine is the generic form of the prescription weight loss medication / drug also known by the brand names of Didrex.
Type of Weight Loss Medication (Drug):
Stimulant and appetite suppressant. (Has distinct similarities both chemically and in terms of physical effects to illicit drugs in the amphetamine class, also known as 'speed'.)
It is also closely related to the Phentermine prescription weight loss drugs such as Adipex and Ionamin, the Phendimetrazine weight loss medications such as Bontril, and the Diethylpropion drugs such as Tenuate.
Brief description of use:
As a short term adjunct to a long term obesity management plan that should also include diet, exercise and behavior therapy.
Use only under the recommendation and supervision of a medical practioner, and use only as directed.
Usually taken once per day with breakfast, though small doses may be twice per day if directed by your doctor. Tablets should be swallowed whole, and not chewed or crushed.
In most cases, this weight loss medication / drug should be taken for between three and six weeks only.
Contraindictions, warnings, drug side effects & risks:
Follow your doctor's directions at all times and keep all medical appointments while using this medication.
Not suitable for children. Adult use only.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, ephedrine, epinephrine, isoproterenol, metaproterenol, methamphetamine, norepinephrine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, terbutaline, or other appetite suppressants. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Do not use if pregnant, at risk of becoming pregnant or breast feeding. (Amongst other possible side effects and complications, Didrex / Benzphetamine is known to cause birth defects.)
Do not use with alcohol.
If you have diabetes, you may need to increase your insulin intake while on these medications. Discuss beforehand with your doctor.
Do not exceed recommended dose, as Didrex can be highly addictive. Advise your doctor before your first prescription if you have any prior history of addiction to any type of substance.
Until you know how you react to this weight loss medication, do not drive, operate machinery or undertake any other potentially risky task.
Always advise dentists, doctors, surgeons, paramedics or any other emergency services that you are using this medication before they commence any treatment on you.
Do not use these medications if you have a history of heart disorders, high blood pressure or hyperthyroidism.
Do not use this medicine if you are also taking guanadrel, guanethidine, furazolidone, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
Advise your doctor of all other medications or drug, whether prescribed, over-the-counter or illicit, before taking this medication.
Not everyone has side effects. If however you do feel side effects, advise your doctor immediately. Common side effects include dizzyness, mood swings, aggression, restlessness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, suppressed libido, tremor, rapid breathing, confusion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and dry mouth. (Dry mouth is caused by loss of saliva production. Saliva is a natural antibiotic, so 'dry mouth' over an extended period of time may result in dental decay and mouth, throat and upper respiratory tract infections.)
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is after more than a few hours, skip that dose altogether. Do not double-dose next time.
Never share this potentially dangerous and addictive drug with anyone else.
In the event of overdose, call a Poisons Information Center or get someone to take you to an emergency unit immediately.
Always read in full the instructions and additional information that come with this weight loss medication.
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