Adipex-P (or Adipex) is the most popular brand of phentermine in the US. It is both highly effective and relatively well-known, so many people wonder about buying this medication online. Here we’ll discuss the past and present regulations related to purchasing prescription Adipex virtually.
Prior to 2005, buying Adipex online was easy and legal. Doctors were allowed to prescribe Adipex over the internet without any sort of face-to-face consultation. Potential patients self-reported health data via a generalized online questionnaire, and then sent this information to the prescribing doctor for review. After paying the virtual consultation fee and receiving the go-ahead from a prescribing doctor, patients could then order Adipex online and receive it at home. The Adipex available for prescription was manufactured in the USA and shipped from real pharmacies.
However, in 2005, the US government implemented new regulations and it became illegal to prescribe Adipex online. A physical consultation with the prescribing doctor is now required before he or she can write a script for Adipex diet pills.
A Brief History of Adipex:
The primary need for increased regulation of Adipex prescriptions was for patient safety.
Adipex contains phentermine hydrochloride (phentermine HCl) as its main ingredient. This substance is classified as a class IV controlled substance both internationally and in the US due its potential for addiction and serious health risks. Adipex can become habit-forming if it is taken for more than 12 weeks (3 months) . For example, taking it for up to 6 months is associated with psychological dependence as well as insomnia, restlessness, high blood pressure, and a rapid heart rate (tachycardia) [1, 2].
Authorities were also concerned about consumer safety. In the mid-2000s, diet pills – both prescription and OTC – surged in popularity. To take advantage of this market, more and more companies began to sell phentermine online. Many of these websites were not legal, and were often based outside of the US. As a result, it became increasingly difficult to monitor the trustworthiness of these pages.
Some companies even began to target people who were looking for Adipex without a prescription. With so much conflicting information, false advertising and confusion over the regulations of phentermine, many people mistakenly bought counterfeit products, or paid for items that never arrived. If you encounter any page claiming to sell Adipex online without a prescription, pay close attention to the actual product and approach a purchase with extreme caution. The site is likely selling a product that is not truly Adipex.
As previously stated, phentermine is a controlled substance and the only way to legally buy Adipex is with a valid doctor's prescription.
Due to its class IV controlled substance status, it is mandatory for doctors to physically assess patients in-person before issuing either an initial or repeat prescription of Adipex. This helps protect consumers from the drug’s potentially-dangerous side effects and it minimizes the abuse of controlled substances.
After you obtain a current and valid doctor’s prescription, you can fill the prescription online through the pharmacy you typically receive your medication from. You will need to enter your personal details and follow the pharmacy’s instructions in order to submit a valid prescription.
Any website that is currently claiming to sell real Adipex without a prescription is either selling it illegally or selling counterfeit phentermine, which is illegal and dangerous for your health.
This brand name pill is more expensive than generic phentermine, but it is still much less expensive than most prescription weight loss drugs. Below is a summary of the average cost of Adipex in the US if you purchase it without insurance:
|Pill||Form||Estimated Price Range for 30-Day Supply*|
|Lower End||Upper End|
|Adipex 37.5mg||Capsule||$15 USD||$73 USD|
|Adipex 37.5mg||Tablet||$68 USD||$74 USD|
|Capsule||$11 USD||$23 USD|
|Tablet||$9 USD||$17 USD|
* Prices updated in April 2018. Displayed in US dollars (USD). Estimated price before insurance, coupons or discounts.
If you’re on a budget, the cost of Adipex-P can be daunting. Thankfully, the medication’s manufacturer (Teva Pharmaceuticals USA) offers an online coupon to lower the price of Adipex weight loss pills.
To access Teva’s Adipex-P coupon and discount card, please click here.
If you don’t have an Adipex prescription, consider Phen Caps to give your weight loss the boost you need. Phen Caps are a dietary supplement designed to help suppress appetite and boost energy. However, they do not contain any phentermine HCl – the active ingredient (and controlled substance) in prescription phentermine – so Phen Caps can be sold online. These capsules consistently receive positive reviews from over 30,000 happy customers, and the company offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
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