Obephen alcohol, generic name Mazindol, is sold under many brand names. It is a diet drug that affects the central nervous system and acts as an appetite depressant.
Alcohol should only be consumed in moderation but best not at all as alcohol is very high in calories with no redeeming nutrients.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
The drug is used with exercise and diet to treat obesity especially those with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
Do not take with other diet drugs such as Phen-Fen or Redux as a rare fatal lung disorder known as pulmonary hypertension may occur.
Do not take if you have coronary artery disease, heart disease, severe or uncontrooled blood pressure, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, history of drug or alcohol abuse or if allergic to other diet pills or amphetamines.
This drug is habit forming and you must ensure that you do not become addicted. Do not stop using the drug suddenly as unpleasant withdrawal symptoms may be experienced.
Less serious side effects are restlessness, hyperactive, headache, dizziness, tremors, sleep problems, dry mouth, unpleasant taste in your mouth, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, increased or decreased interest in sex or impotence. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are short of breath with mild exertion, chest pain, eminent fainting, swelling in ankles or feet, pounding or irregular heartbeat, confusion, irritability, unusual thoughts or behavior, extreme positive or negative emotions, high blood pressure, severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety or confusion. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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