is a class of drugs called anorectics which decrease appetite by
possibly changing brain levels of neurotransmitters associated with
satiety. It is a prescription weight loss pill
that is used together with a low calorie diet for a medical weight
Weight Loss is the most commonly prescribed appetite suppressant
accounting for over 50% weight loss prescription in the U.S, probably
because it is cheaper than the alternatives sibutramine weight loss
and orlistat weight loss.
Phentermine weight loss is available as a capule, tablet or extended
capsule (resin capsule).
is manufactured under different trade names
including lonamin® by Medeva Pharmaceutical and
Adipex-P® by Gate Pharmaceuticals.
Anoxine-M, Phentercot, Pro-Fast, Teramine, Zontryl, Obenix and
Phentride as generics.
generic is exactly like the original brand name in this case Adipex and
lonamin, that is produced after the brands patent has expired.
generic and the original should be exactly the same.
FDA approved phentermine as a weight loss drug in 1959.
for short term use i.e. 8-12 weeks.
it is a drug with potentially
habit forming characteristics, it is classified as a controlled
substance in many countries.
acts on the brain to induce a sense of
stimulates nerves to release particular neurotransmitter called
include dopamine, epinephrine, (adrenaline)
norepinephrine (noradrenaline). The increased levels of these chemicals
appear to decrease the sense of hunger. Neurotransmitters are chemicals
used to relay signal/messages in the brain.
neurotransmitter eliminate the sense of hunger by putting your body in
a small extent of "fight or flee’. This is the state your
body takes when faced with danger. As you know if you see a car coming
to hit you, you will not be aware of any hunger. Phentermine and other
similar weight loss drugs
like sibutramine and fenfluramine tend
to mimic this state of "flight or flee" to some extent with their
effect on neurotransmitters.
the continued use of phentermine however, the effect of depressed
appetite tend to wear off after a few weeks. This is why it is
recommended for short term treatment. Some studies point to the
possibility that this drug tolerance that results to reduced effect
varies with individuals. One study has show phentermine to be still
effective in a 3 year trial.
How To Use Phentermine
Phentermine is taken orally in one of the
main strengths ie 25mg,
30mg 37.5mg. It is recommended that you swallow the medication whole.
Don’t crush, chew or break the capsule or tablet. Only break
the table under recommendation of your doctor as you withdraw from the
medication. This reduces your dosage to avoid withdrawal
dosage is one capsule/tablet per day approximately two hours before
breakfast and at least 10 –14 hours before going to bed for
the night. Otherwise the drug can cause insomnia.
Side Effects of Phentermine Weight
Though the human body tolerates phentermine well, it is still like many
other drugs, it still has side effects. Remember it induces a light
"fight or flee" state in your body and hence side effects include
typical "fight or flee" conditions. They include increases heart rate,
increased alertness, insomnia or lack of sleep, restlessness, increased
blood pressure trembling or shaking, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and
constipation among others.
common side effects are chest pains, lower tolerance to exercises or
reduced ability to exercise, swelling of feet or lower legs and trouble
breathing. This side effect can easily be symptoms to more serious
problems. If you exhibit them you need to see your doctor
a doctor chooses to include a weight loss drug into your weight loss
regime they take into consideration the benefits you will accrue and
the possible side effects. This should be the same approach to any
other support structure.
if you want to lose alot of body fat; if you want to lose belly
fat and get a flat stomach or even a six pack, you will need more that
a drug or supplements. You will also need to Go Beyond Calories. To do this you need two things, just two. These two are...
content is reviewed periodically and is subject to
change as new information on weight loss becomes
available. The information is intended for
educational purposes only. Please
consult your healthcare provider before beginning
any kind of weight loss program