FDA Approved Adipex

FDA Approved Adipex

Prior to 1996, Adipex (Phentermine) and Tenuate (diethylpropion) were the only two FDA approved weight loss medications sold. Today, there are two other prescription weight loss drugs also approved by the FDA – Xenical (Orlistat) and Meridia (sibutramine) – as well as one non-prescription diet pill called Alli (Orlistat).

FDA approved Adipex, otherwise known as Adipex-P, is for the short-term (a few weeks) treatment of obesity. Adipex-P is sold in either capsule or tablet form and contains 37.5 milligrams of phentermine hydrochloride, providing a 30mg phentermine base.

The FDA approval process for a prescription drug involves a rigorous scientific review by a panel of physicians, statisticians, chemists, pharmacologists, and other scientists. Although this review does not involve any testing of its own, it does determine if the benefits of the proposed drug outweigh the potential risks to health.

Since 1959, FDA approved Adipex and its generic form Phentermine have been studied rather little considering the extent to which these diet drugs are prescribed and used. Other than a few weight loss studies, the majority of research with these medications has been focused around their combined use with Fenfluramine.