"I started taking the [diet drug] two years ago," says Austin. "My doctor prescribed me 1 tablet per day--37.5 mg--to lose weight. I took that dosage for one year. I lost about 30 lbs but noticed that I was feeling tired all the time.
"Around 2003, I was prescribed meds for high blood pressure and it was under control but it began to spike right after I took the diet drug. So my doctor doubled the dosage and at the same time put me on different blood pressure meds."
Austin was in good shape, even though he was overweight. He weighed 290 lbs when he first started taking Adapex but it didn't stop him from playing ball. But he started to get really tired. Around that same time, Austin and his family moved to El Paso.
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"I'm not doing this to make money—I am doing this for my health and my family," he says. "My doctor told me and my wife that I will have long-term effects. I am not able to play football anymore—I have no energy. I have a family to support—two kids, 11 and 6 years old. I have been working with the same trucking company for 12 years and don't know how long I will be able to work because I have a hard time getting up in the morning. I stay up at night because my legs are aching—sometimes I only get a few hours sleep."
Austin decided to join a PPH class action lawsuit and his attorney is currently getting all of his medical records together—beginning three years ago, when he was healthy and before he took the diet drug.