Didrex is an appetite suppressant, used as a short term supplement to diet and exercise in a monitored weight loss program. It is a sympathomimetic amine, similar to an amphetamine, that can be habit forming so there is the potential for addiction after several weeks of use.
Didrex works by stimulating your central nervous system and increasing your blood pressure and heart rate. Similar to an amphetamine, it affects certain neurotransmitters to decrease your appetite. It is addictive though, so is only recommended for a maximum of a few weeks use.
How do you take Didrex?
Doctors usually recommend that you take Didrex on an empty stomach, preferably an hour before meals. The pills must be taken whole – crushing or chewing can increase side effects and reduce Didrex’s long-lasting action.
Only take as much as your doctor prescribes as there is a risk of overdose. Didrex should also not be taken in conjunction with other diet pills. If you miss a dose then do not double-dose the next day. A dose taken late in the day may also cause insomnia.
Who should not take Didrex?
You should consult your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Heart disease, Arteriosclerosis, Glaucoma, Thyroid problems, Anxiety, a seizure disorder such as epilepsy, Diabetes, a history of drug/alcohol abuse.
Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Didrex, as well as those who have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the last 2 weeks. Always check with your doctor first.
Didrex Side Effects
Didrex is habit-forming and is often qualified as addictive by doctors. Usage should be limited to only a few weeks. Users should speak to their doctors about any side effects that occur but I have listed some of the most common below.
If you notice these side effects, stop taking Didrex immediately and call for emergency help:
Hallucinations or confused behaviour
Allergic reaction (typically swelling of the lips, tongue or throat)
High blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.
Didrex – Interactions with other drugs
You should always consult with your doctor about every other medication you take, but here is a brief list of some drugs that have had reported interactions with Didrex.
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as Marplan, Parnate or Nardil.
- Insulin treatments may need to be changed.
- Tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil, Asendin, Sinequan, Pamelor, Tofranil, Anafranil, Vivactil or Norpramin.