Phentermine is an FDA approved weight loss medication that is used to control appetite, it is approved for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) that meets medical criteria for obesity – a BMI over 30 kg/m2 or a BMI over 27 kg/m2 with obesity related medical conditions such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or weight related joint pain. Phentermine effectively reduces hunger, cravings, and increases metabolism and for these reasons phentermine is a popular medication used for obesity and medical weight management. Phentermine is the oldest and arguably one of the most effective weight loss medications on the market, to add, it is the cheapest weight loss medication and therefore easy to access in most pharmacies across the country. Phentermine is the most prescribed weight loss medication in the United State as it is relatively safe and non-addictive.
Although, phentermine is FDA approved, it is not a magic pill. In order to maintain a healthy weight, long-term introducing positive habits such as exercising and implementing proper eating habits are key. Phentermine does not work for everyone, although there are individuals who will have a great response with phentermine for several months there are some who will have absolutely no response to phentermine, others who will have minimal to limited effect, and several who will have an effect that may quickly wear off. Phentermine works best in coordination with a proper diet and adequate physical activity, taking phentermine without changing poor habits will not create long-term weight loss and will increase the likelihood of future weight regain.
What kind of medication is Phentermine?
Phentermine works by affecting the neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain increasing energy and decreasing hunger. Phentermine also works outside of the brain increasing adrenaline and epinephrine, hormones which help in burning fat. It has been reported that taking phentermine with proper diet and exercise can lead to a 16lb weight loss in 3 months.
How much weight can someone lose with Phentermine?
With a focused weight loss regimen which entails a healthy diet and exercise can lead to weight loss of 15-150 lbs. Results vary from person to person.
What are the side effects of Phentermine?
Common side effects of phentermine are trouble sleeping, heart palpitations, dry mouth, jitters and anxiety.
Who shouldn’t take Phentermine?
Most individuals tolerate phentermine well if other health conditions are controlled and under the care of a medical provider. Those who have cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease, stroke, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure and uncontrolled high blood pressure are at risk of severe adverse effects and should not take the medication.
Can Phentermine be taken with other weight loss medications?
Dual therapy is an option and helpful to those who have significant weight to lose or have plateaued in their weight loss journey.
If you are interested in starting a weight loss program, contact us at Legacy Health and Wellness in Cedar Hill and Austin, Tx to help in your weight loss journey.