Phentermine is an FDA approved medication that has been available since 1959. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant that affects the central nervous system and suppresses appetite. It works by helping to release certain chemicals in the brain that control appetite. Phentermine must be prescribed by a doctor and, when used in conjunction with a proper diet and an exercise program, can be proven to help lose weight more effectively. The idea is that taking phentermine initially to kick start a new lifestyle for a severely overweight individual has been proven more beneficial than diet and exercise alone. Phentermine is used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity (over weight) in people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
Eligibilty for Phentermine:
Our physicians will review each patient on an individual basis to determine if they are a candidate for Phentermine. Patients may be eligible for the medication if they are over the age of 16 and under the age of 66. Please be aware, some medications, illnesses and other concerns in a patient’s medical history may be a contraindication of Phentermine. Patient safety is our #1 concern. The physician will determine if the benefits of Phentermine outweigh the risks. Not all patients are candidates for Phentermine.
How Should I Take Phentermine?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Phentermine is usually taken twice daily, before breakfast and lunch.
Talk with your doctor if you experience increased hunger or if you think the medication is not working properly. Taking more of this medication will not make it more effective and can cause serious life-threatening side effects. Phentermine should be taken only for a short time, such as a few weeks. Tell your doctor if you have not lost 4 lbs. after 4 weeks of treatment.
Do not stop using Phentermine suddenly after long-term use or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medicine.
Phentermine stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite.
What Happens if I Miss a Dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as your remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
A dose taken too late in the evening may cause insomnia.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Phentermine?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Phentermine: hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effect of Phentermine may include:
Feeling restless or hyperactive
Headache, dizziness, tremors
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
Diarrhea or constipation
Increased or decreased interest in sex
What Should I Avoid When Taking Phentermine?
Phentermine can impair your thinking or reactions.
Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Phentermine.
What Other Drugs Affect Phentermine?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
Insulin or oral diabetes medications
Certain blood pressure medications, such as doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress), or terazosin (Hytrin)
Antidepressants such as citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and others