What is Phentermine?
Phentermine for Weight Loss
Phentermine is an FDA approved medication that has been available for a long time. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant.
Phentermine must be prescribed by a doctor 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:
We will review each patient on an individual basis to determine if you are a candidate for Phentermine. 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
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