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What is Phentermine?

Phentermine for Weight Loss

Phentermine for Weight Loss
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)
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Increased or decreased interest in sex
  • Impotence

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
  • Any other diet pills

DISCLAIMER *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Phentermine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Do not start taking a new medication without telling your doctor.

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Phentermine is an FDA approved medication prescribed by physicians to help with weight loss by decreasing the appetite while increasing the body’s metabolism. It has been a beneficial tool for weight loss doctors since its approval by the FDA in 1959. Phentermine, along with a reduced calorie diet and exercise, can be one of the most effective methods for those individuals seeking weight loss. As part of our physician supervised weight loss programs, our doctors prescribe phentermine for weight loss along with a reduced calorie diet.

Phentermine is prescribed along with our program to help patients curb their appetite. Our patients are closely monitored by our physicians to make sure they are achieving their weight loss goals properly and safely while taking the Phentermine weight loss medication.

Phentermine is a powerful anorexigenic drug that decreases appetite and accelerates metabolism. Years of clinical trials and decades of use have shown appetite suppressants such as phentermine to be one of the most proven methods of weight loss. Success will differ in patients so individual weight loss will depend on each patient’s efforts. Proper eating habits and exercise while taking phentermine for weight loss is key to weight loss success. The physicians at Valley Medical encourage the use of phentermine along with a low-calorie diet of approximately 1200 calories and a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 days per week.

Phentermine is recommended to be taken once a day, typically in the morning prior to breakfast, as taking it later in the day may result in difficulties sleeping. Phentermine can also cause several side effects such as dry mouth, headaches, depression, anxiety, and insomnia so we encourage our patients to discuss any side effects of phentermine with our doctors.

The success of any phentermine weight loss program very much depends on the individual, as it is not a magic pill. As a matter of fact, phentermine is a controlled substance that is not only monitored by our physicians but the State of Arizona. We want to make sure phentermine is the proper fit for all our patients so we encourage our patients to come in on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to monitor their weight loss, blood pressure and to make sure they are not experiencing any negative side effects of the appetite suppressant, phentermine.

Phentermine is used as a powerful tool to help our patients make the right decisions when it comes to weight loss, diet and exercise. As with all medications, phentermine should only be prescribed by a licensed physician. All our physicians at Valley Medical specialize in diet and weight loss and are here to guide you every step of the way through your weight loss journey.