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Adipex vs Adderall

People are concerned about taking the best medication for their condition. To those who are experiencing behavioral issues like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), their doctors may prescribe taking the drugs Adderall or Adipex. To some who are planning on losing weight, the latter may bring no effect most especially if it has been used for a long time already. But naturally, this is not always the case.

Foremost, Adderall is a type of stimulant that affects one’s CNS (central nervous system). The main aim of such is the control of hyperactive impulses. Thus, it is used primarily for the control of ADHD.

Adderall is composed of many drug components namely: dextroamphetamine sulfte, dextroamphetamine saccharide, racemic amphetamne sulfate and racemic amphetamine sapartate monohydrate ‘“ all at about the same proportion (25%). The effect of this drug is geared towards the production of more norepinephrine and dopamine.

This drug is also available in two forms XR (extended release) and IR (instant release). Adderall is an FDA approved drug for ADHD. But it also has some off label uses that are not yet approved by the drug board. One of the most controversial uses is its use for managing obesity. Yes, many consumers use Adderall for this purpose and not for specific behavioral modification such as for ADHD.

On the other hand Adipex, popularly known as Adipex-P, is the immediate release for the drug Phentermine. It is classified as a drug that suppresses the appetite. Thus, this drug is indicated for use by obese patients and for those who want to cut down weight

Adipex targets the hypothalamus to release the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. This triggers the flight or fight response which is responsible for decreasing hunger. It also has a direct action outside of the brain by initiating the release of adrenaline for targeting fat cells that will be used to shed off extra fat for energy production. Overall, its therapeutic effect is for the reduction of hunger.
Like all other drugs, Adipex produces a range of side-effects. Nevertheless, these are very much tolerable in most circumstances. Some of the most common side effects are as follows: increased blood pressure, palpitation, insomnia, irritability, dryness of the mouth, blurring of vision, diarrhea, nervousness and headache among others.
Adipex is just one of the many trade names of the generic phentermine. Other prominent brands include Ionamin, Obermine and Zantryl. It is recommended for short term usage (usually up to 3 months). The use of such is usually coupled by rigorous exercise regimen and diet plan.

1. Adipex is an FDA approved drug for hunger reduction while Adderall is not clinically approved for such uses.

2. Adderall is mainly for the management of ADHD while Adipex is an appetite suppressant.


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