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Currently taking Azor for anxiety, prescribed Duromine for weight loss. Will they have negative interactions?

I am really in need of some good advise here. I am 153cm tall and weigh 64kgs. the Doctor has given me duromine 15mg for two weeks and 30mg thereafter for three months. i havent started taking these pills as yet as I am slightly nervous. I suffer from anxiety attacks and currently take Azor .5mg per day for it. The pharmacist said that there would be no negative interactions between the two however Id like a few more opinions before i start. Should I experience severe anxiety on Duromine, can I safely combat this with my tranquilisers? Has anyone experienced effects similar to OCD? Id really like to talk to people who have anxiety or other similar mental disorders that have taken Duromine. Looking forward to reading your response. Jade
Asked On : Sat, 25 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Jade,
Thanks for writing in to Healthcare Magic!
If you are on already on anxiolytics the you should take Duromine with caution.
The Duromine causes sympathomimetic effects in brain and which mimic the effects of anxiety, and can precipitate a panic attack also.
You should start in a low dose of duromine while you continue your anxiety medicines, you can escalate the anxiolytics initially under physician supervision.
If you can tolerate then you can continue, if have anxiety episodes the better stop the Duromine and try dieting and exercise for the weight loss which are much safer.
If you have any further query please let me know I would try to answer it for you.
Wish you a great health!
Answered: Thu, 13 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Rajeev Chavda's  Response
Hi Jade,
Welcome to HCM, duromine is as appetitie suppresant and reduces appetite by affecting the central nervous system with its active chemical ingredient. Phentermine, the active element in duromine affects the neurotransmitter in the brain causing stimulation in the area that controls the appetite. This stimulation to the brain results in the hunger craving to be turned off by the brain. Long term usage of phentermine is not recommended as long term usage tends to make phentermine ineffective. Phentermine can be addictive and hence is a controlled medicine. Azor contains alprazolam for anxiety, there is no direct interaction. I am happy to respond to your query, thanks.
Answered: Thu, 13 Sep 2012
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