Many people struggle with weight during their life, a statement that is especially true of the United States, where a vast majority of Americans experience obesity as adults.
Combating obesity can seem a downward battle, especially when people become deterred by slow changes, and what seem like minimal results.
Many Americans turn to diet pills to kick-start their weight loss goals, and that means that many Americans turn towards Phentermine.
What is Phentermine?
This medication is a weight loss drug, first approved in the U.S. by the FDA in 1959, as an appetite suppressant. It is the most widely prescribed weight loss medication on the market, accounting for over 50% of total weight loss prescriptions made. It is used alongside a diet and exercise routine which your doctor will outline for your specific needs.
It is important to note that this drug is meant to supplement a weight loss regimen, not act as a sole means of managing your weight.
Phentermine is a controlled substance prescribed by doctors to combat obesity, and is only recommended for use by those who have a significantly higher Body Mass Index (BMI) than is considered healthy for the persons age and height. It is only recommended to be prescribed for short term use (usually about 12 weeks), and never as a long term solution.
Common brands are: Adipex-P and Suprenza, but there are numerous others on the market. Discuss with your doctor which brand is right for you.
What does Phentermine do?
This medication works as a stimulant similar to amphetamine. It is classified as an anorectic, an agent which diminishes the user’s appetite by causing the brain to stimulate the adrenal glands to produce and release nor-epinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for the fight-or-flight response, thus diminishing feelings of hunger.
In addition, it stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, though to a lesser degree than of nor-epinephrine, but still to an extent which helps minimize cravings. In essence, this medication works by stimulating the release of brain chemicals to convince the mind that the body is full, resulting in the user eating less, and thus losing weight. Calorie intake my also be minimized by taking the drug, as it affects the body’s ability to absorb starches and fat, stopping them from metabolizing.
What are some of the side effects of Phentermine?
The most common side effects are:
- Increased blood pressure
- Dry mouth
Many Phentermine users report that many of these symptoms resolve themselves within a few days or weeks, and describe them as “manageable” in the interim. However, if symptoms persist, or are not tolerable, or you experience more severe symptoms; as always you should contact your doctor.