Adipex diet pills are among a handful of different prescription medications that are designed to help obese patients to be able to successfully reach their goal BMI so that they can reduce their risks of serious health conditions associated with their excess fat.  This drug is also known as Adipex-P and is a form of stimulant that is available only when prescribed by a doctor.  It is the brand name form of a generic pill known as Phentermine.

As a stimulant drug, Adipex functions by having an impact on the central nervous system so that the appetite of the user will be suppressed.  This makes it easier for dieters to be able to consume smaller amounts of food without suffering from hunger pangs that would otherwise cause them to “cheat” on their diets.  This, along with the right food choices, can make it possible for dieters to considerably reduce their daily caloric intake, increasing the chances of weight loss.

This medication is not appropriate for every dieter.  A doctor is not permitted to prescribe it just because a patient wants to lose weight.  Instead, a dieter must have a BMI high enough that he or she is considered to be obese, and this extra weight must be contributing to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

It should be recognized that a prescription for Adipex does not mean that the dieter will be able to pop a pill and watch fat magically melting off the body.  No pill will allow that to happen.  Instead, this medication is meant to be combined with a reduced calorie diet and a fitness appropriate exercise program so that weight can be lost.  It is the dieting and exercise that actually causes the weight loss.  The pills only make it easier to adhere to that program.

At the same time, like any prescription drug, there are side effects associated with its use.  In the case of this particular medication, some of the more common side effects include anxiety, nervousness, headache, jitters and tremors, increased blood pressure, insomnia, nausea, and others.

There is also a risk of addiction when using Adipex, which makes it very important to stick to the directions very closely.  The longer the pills are used, the greater the risk, which helps to explain why prescriptions are typically for only a few weeks at a time.