Didrex is a prescription diet drug in a brand name form, which is intended for use by certain obese individuals who must lower their body fat levels in order to improve their health and lower their risk of various medical conditions. The generic form of this pill is called benzphetamine.
This pill is an appetite suppressant that is available only when prescribed by a licensed doctor and is meant to be used for the short-term. It functions by stimulating the central nervous system so that the heart rate and blood pressure will rise. The outcome is often a decline in the individual’s hunger.
Didrex is Meant to Accompany Conventional Weight Loss Strategies
The use of Didrex is prescribed along with a healthy weight loss diet. This is because swallowing the pill won’t actually cause fat to be burned away. On its own, it does not have any direct impact on the body’s fat levels.
Instead, its use is meant to help a dieter to be able to adopt the habits that are necessary to naturally lose the excess weight. These include reducing the number of calories that are eaten every day and increasing the daily activity level through exercise that is appropriate to the fitness level of the dieter at the time.
Therefore, in order to lose weight with the use of Didrex, the dieter still needs to be willing to dedicate him or herself to making the same efforts that would be required without the drug, in order to reduce his or her body mass index (BMI).
These efforts are made easier because the user of this medication will not suffer from the same level of hunger that he or she would without the assistance of the drug. It also provides many users with a boost in energy levels, which can make it easier to continue to exercise, despite the reduction in energy that would be produced by calories.
Take As Directed to Reduce Risk of Side Effects
As previously stated, the use of Didrex is meant to be only short term – enough time for the dieter to be able to establish all of the necessary habits in his or her life. The reason is that it gradually decreases in effectiveness over time. Taking a larger dose does not help in overcoming this issue because it does not promote more benefits, but it does increase the risk of strong or dangerous side effects, and especially addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
Common Didrex side effects include (but are not limited to):
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty sleeping
Less common but more serious/dangerous effects that can occur include (but are not limited to):
- Fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat
- Mental/mood changes
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Change in sexual ability/interest
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech
It should also be noted that this medication can raise blood pressure, so blood pressure should be checked regularly, and the patient’s doctor should be informed if results are high.
Ultimately, dieters using Didrex should take a doctor’s instructions very seriously and follow them as closely as possible to ensure the greatest benefit but with the lowest possibility of severe side effects and withdrawal discomforts.
April 2020 Update
The brand name Didrex has been discontinued and diet drugs containing the ingredient benzphetamine are no longer sold under this name. That said, the FDA has said that Didrex was not withdrawn from sale for reasons related to safety and effectiveness.
Since this is the case, there may be other medications (brand name or generic) that are sold as benzphetamine HCl 25 mg tablets. The reason is the FDA can still approve abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for this from of the drug as long as all other legal and regulatory requirements have been met.
Essentially, if you were curious about taking Didrex, the best course of action would be to contact your doctor and ask them if there are weight loss medications containing benzphetamine that you can try. That said, do keep in mind that even if there are, this doesn’t mean that you are the appropriate candidate for these obesity treatments. Your current state of health, if you are currently being treated for another medical condition, your age and your weight could all play a factor in whether or not you’re prescribed weight loss medication.