Acxion (active ingredient Phentermine Hydrochloride) is an anorexigenic agent prescribed for people with excess body weight. As a medication belonging to the group of amphetamines, it suppresses appetite and in a combination with training and healthy diet helps reduce body weight in obese patients. Generally, it is prescribed for short-term use and only when a patient is exposed to health risks associated with excess body weight (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia).
Active ingredient of the drug, Phentermine, stimulates neurons. These begin to release such brain neurotransmitters as catecholamines. Among catecholamines dopamine, epinephrine (known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine are appetite suppressants. They act directly on the CNS subduing hunger. This is the mechanism of action that helps people suffering from obesity or excess weight associated with health risks regulate appetite and limit the intake of unhealthy foods.
Recommendations for Use
Due to controversy concerning the efficiency of Acxion when taken long, treatment with the drug shouldn’t be longer than 12 weeks. During this time it acts as a potent supportive element to two other components of the weight loss program: regular training and healthy nutrition. Since these will take over an overall weight loss marathon as soon as the therapy with Acxion is finished, the drug is to be taken directly as indicated, so that it could produce the maximum therapeutic effect:
- Take an individualized dose once a day (preferably before food intake);
- In order to prevent insomnia never take pills later than 7 p.m.;
- Do not take more than prescribed not to experience any adverse reaction.
Contraindications and Side Effects
Treatment with Acxion is contraindicated in the following cases:
- If there is allergy to Phentermine or any inactive ingredient contained in Acxion.
- In combination with other anoretic drugs (e.g., dexfenfluramine), antihypertensive drugs (e.g., guanethidine) and MAO inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine).
- If there is a history of heart/circulatory diseases, hypertension, hyperthyroidism and glaucoma.
Although Acxion is relatively well-tolerated, it can potentially cause such adverse reactions as high blood pressure, tachycardia, irritability, nervousness and insomnia. To avoid any the drug is to be taken directly as indicated.