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Q: I have been searching online now for a few days, I have not been able to locate any information on a particular drug. What I do know is that the name on the package is IFA-Norex and that it is prescribed in Mexico for weightloss. (at least this is what I have been told)
A friend of mine recently obtained this drug and I am extremely concerned about her taking this! Especially considering that I am not able to find any published information.
I would like to know the properties and the side effects of this drug.

I hope that you will be able to find information on this before she decides to take it. I have thus far been able to talk her out of taking it until I can get some information to her.

Thank you I appreciate any information that you can find.

Sincerely,

Kristin

A: You're right that it was extremely difficult to find any information about this on the web. After some careful searching I was able to determine what this substance is. The product "Norex" sold by IFA Pharmaceuticals in Mexico contains "Anfepromona". This is the Mexican term for "diethylpropion". Diethylpropion is a phenethylamine derivative used as a anorexiant (for weight loss). It is schedule IV in the United States. It has a duration of approximately 4 hours at doses of 25 mg (75 mg sustained release).



Its use is contraindicated for those with hyperthyroidism, hypertension, glaucoma, angina pectoris, cardiovascular disease, and those with a history or propensity for drug abuse. It can increase the risk of seizures in those predisposed. It's side effects and adverse reactions seem to be equivalent to those for any amphetamine type drug. The greatest risk of using substances in this class is the possibility of habituation / addiction (as with most amphetamines).



Effectiveness of this drug for weight loss lasts only a limited period of time (3-12 weeks).



A web search on Diethylpropion will get you a wide variety of useful results. Hope this helps.



peace,

fire

Asked By : Kristin
Answered By : fire
Published Date : 5 / 22 / 2000
Last Edited Date : 5 / 22 / 2000
Question ID : 163

Categories: [ Pharmaceuticals ]



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