- Usefulness for Severe Obesity
- Usefulness for Everyone
What is it?
Phentermine is a diet pill prescribed for the treatment of exogenous Obesity. It is an appetite suppressant formulated to help patients who are suffering from obesity. Chemically, the drug is similar to an amphetamine and is normally prescribed for those who experience severe obesity.
The active ingredient in this product is Phentermine Hydrochloride. It works by motivating the hypothalamus gland and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease craving. When used in combination with a well balanced diet, exercise and behavior therapy, it may aid you to lose weight effectively.
Safe as a diet pill?
Unless your doctor has a very good reason to put you on this pill, the short answer is no.
Phentermine is a habit-forming drug. The major advantage is that it suppresses the appetite. However, it also raises the blood pressure and heart rate. It is believed that the drug loses its hunger suppressing effects after the body adjusts to the diet pill.
There are numerous side effects and health concerns associated with this powerful chemical formula:
- unpleasant taste
- acid reflux
- stomach pain
- heart palpitations
- hallucinations or confused behavior
- stomach upset or blurred vision may happen during the initial days
- In some cases there occur allergic reactions – usually skin rash or itching and swelling of the lips, throat or tongue.
- decreased libido
- dry mouth
Is it approved by the FDA?
Phentermine is one of the oldest FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved weight loss drugs available in the market. Since it is a habit-forming drug, FDA recommends it only for a short term use (generally 6-12 weeks). In addition, this medication is administered mainly to those who have followed healthy eating habits and proper exercise regimens.
Can I purchase it at a local health food store?
Your local health food store can supply phentermine. Since it is a prescription appetite suppressant, it can be purchased with a doctor’s note.
Phentermine has been renowned as one of the most effectual drug for weight loss treatment available on the market. The recommended dose may be different for different patients. Do not change the dosage without your doctor’s advice. It should be taken once daily, prior to breakfast. Since it may disturb normal sleep patterns, avoid taking a dose late in the day. If you are taking more than one dose a day, take the last dose about 4-6 hours before going to bed. Due to its side effects and its addictive properties, doctors not often prescribe this medication for more than 6 weeks.
Phentermine is not recommended for children under 16. It should not be taken if you have any of the conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, glaucoma, anxiety disorder, thyroid problems, epilepsy, diabetes or any other seizure disorder. Before taking this medication, you should consult a doctor and discuss about your health problems and other medications that you are taking.
Do we recommend that you take it? Of course not! This type of diet pill should only be prescribed by your doctor, and even that should be questioned by a second or third opinion. There are natural ways to suppress appetite like eating foods rich in fibre and protein, but this may be used as a last resort. You may also want to check the latest studies regarding phetermine to see if new studies have revealed anything about it’s safety. We have provided a quick reference button for you below.
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