What is Phentermine?

Phentermine (also known as Adipex P or Lomaira), a medication that reduces appetite, aids in reducing the feeling of being hungry and thereby causes you to lose weight.
Like other weight-loss medications, Phentermine is meant to be part of a weight-loss plan. It works best when used in combination eating a healthy well-balanced diet and physical activity.
People with high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, obesity, or who are overweight should talk about taking Phentermine with a trusted medical authority if they haven’t been successful in losing enough weight through diet and exercise alone.

How Does Phentermine Work?

Phentermine is a prescription drug that belongs to a class of drugs known as “anorectics“. These drugs are used to suppress appetite and promote weight loss. Phentermine works by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, which can make you feel fuller and less likely to eat.

Contrary to popular belief, Phentermine does not promote fat loss or affect your metabolism. The entire mode of function of the weight-loss drug simply falls on making it easier for you to restrict calories.

How to use Phentermine

Phentermine is usually taken once a day, either 1 hour before breakfast or 1-2 hours after breakfast. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Phentermine should NOT be late in the day, as it may make it hard for you to sleep at night.

If you use a type of phentermine that comes in a slow-release capsule, you should take it once a day before breakfast or at least 10-14 hours before bedtime.

How Much Weight Can You Lose with Phentermine?

Phentermine is a medication that is approved by the FDA for short-term use (less than 12 weeks) for weight loss. It is often prescribed off-label for longer periods of time. When taken for 3 months, it can lead to an average weight loss of 5-7% of initial body weight, and 10-15% after 6 months. Depending on several factors like diet and exercise, some people may experience more weight loss. Its effectiveness may decrease after prolonged use of more than a year due to tolerance built up over time. Weight loss with this medication is also accompanied by improvements in insulin sensitivity, blood sugar management, and reduction in blood pressure.

Phentermine Side Effects

(Rare as we combine Phentermine with Chromium which has been shown to minimize these side effects)

Rare but severe side effects are also possible, such as increased blood pressure, suicidal thoughts, metabolic acidosis, increased creatinine levels, fetal harm, vision problems, cognitive impairment, and low potassium levels. Phentermine should not be taken by people with heart disease, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, severe kidney or liver disease, or those who are pregnant or nursing. It should also not be used in combination with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or certain other medications. A healthcare professional will determine whether phentermine is appropriate and safe for an individual.

Common side effects of phentermine and the combination of phentermine and topiramate include:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Sleep Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Skin Flushing
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Achieve your weight loss goals with Phentermine

As part of a supervised course of treatment, phentermine can be effective in helping you achieve your weight loss goals, and usually, the weight loss occurs nearer the beginning of the course of treatment. You cannot use phentermine if you have a history of stroke, heart attack, or uncontrolled high blood pressure, are pregnant, or breastfeeding.

The most commonly reported side effects include dry mouth, constipation, and trouble sleeping. Usually, these side effects subside, but at Weight Wise, you are monitored, and your medications can be adjusted to ensure you are feeling your best. Most people tolerate Phentermine well with no side effects.

The healthcare providers at Body Basics Wellness Center will conduct an initial evaluation and examination to help you determine the best course of action, to help you achieve your weight loss goals and ensure optimal health.

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