Weight loss drug Adipex is produced and distributed by the pharmaceutical company, called Teva Pharmaceutical Industries LTD. In pharmacies, people can buy Adipex in two forms:
- Tablets Adipex 37.5 mg
- Capsules Adipex 37.5 mg
First Teva started to produce Adipex in tablets. Thus, Adipex 37.5 mg tablets appeared in the USA pharmacies for the first time in 1980.
Adipex tablets are of white color with blue specs of elliptical-oval shape and Adipex-P sign on it Inactive ingredients of Adipex tablets: corn starch, lactose, anhydrous magnesium, stearate micro crystalline, cellulose sucrose, FD and C Blue № 1.
Two years later (in 1982), Teva starts producing and supplying capsules Adipex 37.5 mg. Adipex capsules are of blue and white color, signed Adipex-P 37.5.
Adipex capsules contain excipients: ferrosoferric oxide, corn starch, D and C Red № 33, FD and C Blue №1, gelatin lactose, monohydrate magnesium, stearate propylene, glycol, shellac, titanium dioxide.
Phentermine hydrochloride is the active ingredient of both capsules and tablets Adipex.
The FDA approved Phentermine for obesity treatment in 1959.
- This year (2014), it has been 55 years since Phentermine appeared on the market of weight loss drugs.
- During all these years, scientists did lots of clinical and post-marketing research and revealed both advantages and disadvantages of Phentermine in weight loss.
- During these 55 years, Phentermine was distributed over the market under different trademarks and in combination with other drugs.
For instance, Fen-Phen drug used to contain two active ingredients Phentermine and Fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine.
Combined weight loss drug with Phentermine and Fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine caused severe cardiovascular side effects (in particular, pulmonary arterial hypertension and valvular heart disease).
- Therefore, Fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine were withdrawn from the market.
However, Phentermine wasn’t withdrawn from the market, and it is still used for weight loss.
Nowadays, just one combined drug is approved for obesity treatment – Qsymia (Phentermine hydrochloride and Topiramate).
Vivus Inc. is the manufacturer of Qsymia drug. The FDA approved Qsymia for obesity treatment in the middle of 2012. The EMA approved combination of Phentermine and Topiramate under the trademark Qsiva for obesity treatment in late 2010.
- Today, you can buy Phentermine on the global market.
It is sold under different trademarks (Adipex, Duromine, Phentermine hydrochloride, Ionamin, Suprenza and Metermine). Adipex differs from all the rest drugs by its dosage. Capsules and tablets Adipex contain 37.5 mg of Phentermine hydrochloride, which is equivalent to 30 mg of Phentermine base.
The difference between capsules Adipex 37.5 mg and tablets Adipex 37.5 mg is that one can divide the tablet onto 2 pieces, if needed. Adipex capsules must not be opened before use.
Patients must take the whole capsule of Adipex at a time. When opening Adipex capsules, the active substance Phentermine may be released earlier than it should. Besides, this may cause irritation of the gastric mucosa and sometimes deactivation of drugs.
Because Teva’s patent protection expired, other pharmaceutical companies can produce Adipex tablets under different trademarks.
Thus, in the USA, tablets containing Phentermine 37.5 mg are available under the trademark Phentermine hydrochloride by such manufacturers as:
All manufacturers produce Phentermine 37.5 mg tablets in elliptical-oval shape of white color with blue specs or simply white.
Adipex tablets differ from other tablets Phentermine 37.5 mg only by an imprint on the tablet.
Adipex tablets has an imprint Adipex-P or Adipex-P 37.5. Generics of Adipex has different imprints: MP 273; 5030 V; 504; LAN1317; LCI 1445; K 25; E 16; b E 7.
If you want to buy Adipex tablets (Teva) or Adipex generic drugs, you can order them on online pharmacy.
Some US online pharmacies provide the possibility to buy Adipex online in any country in the world.
- Elite Laboratories, Inc
- Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc
- Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc
- Lannett Company, Inc
- InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc
- KVK Tech, Inc
- Vintage Pharmaceuticals, Inc
- Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories
- Mirror Pharmaceuticals, LLC