Phentermine (Adipex) Phentermine is a prescription weight-loss medication. Although doctors don’t know exactly how it works, they do know that it slows down your appetite and raises your heart rate, which may help you burn fat more quickly.
In 1959, the use of phentermine was allowed in the United States. Doctors began combining this medication with other medications for weight loss in the 1990s. The name for this combination was fen-phen. It was very good at losing weight, but it also had terrible effects on the cardiovascular system. After the product was taken off the market in 1997, there were a lot of huge lawsuits.
Who should not take Adipex (phentermine)?
Some people shouldn’t take phentermine because it stimulates the nervous system. This includes people who have:
Phentermine can be dangerous for
- anxiety or agitation,
- heart conditions,
- high blood pressure, and
- hypothyroidism because it raises blood pressure and heart rate, which can cause heart damage, strokes, and heart attacks.
If you have any of these conditions, you should tell your doctor. You can continue to take the medication, but your doctor will decide how much to give you and whether or not you need to treat other conditions first.
Additionally, people who have taken an MAO inhibitor (antidepressant) in the previous two weeks run the risk of having a severe interaction with this medication.
Additionally, you should not take this medication if you are already taking other medications to help you lose weight, such as non-prescription diet pills.
Information About the Dosage
Most doctors gives Phentermine to people for up to 12 weeks. You won’t be able to lose any more weight because the medication may become less effective after this time. If you want to lose weight, you should take this medication with healthy eating and exercise.
It’s also important to remember that you should only take the amount your doctor tells you to. Taking more won’t help you lose more weight or lose it faster, but it could cause you to have more side effects.
Phentermine is typically prescribed as a single dose of up to 37.5 milligrams in the morning or three 8 milligram doses spread out for the day. If you are given a single dose, you will take it either before or after eating breakfast. You should take it half an hour before meals if you are taking multiple doses per day.
What if I don’t take my dose?
Unless it is time for the next dose or it is late in the day, you should take your medication as soon as you remember to. Never take two doses at the same time.
Phentermine Side Effects Phentermine is a weight loss medication that can have serious and mild side effects. The most typical adverse effects include
Minor Side Effects
- Dizziness and nausea
- Dry mouth
- Itching and rash
- Stomach upset, including diarrhea and constipation
Serious Side Effects
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Extreme swelling
- Tremors and restlessness
You should talk to your doctor about all side effects, but you should get help right away if you have any of the serious side effects listed above.
What is the possible weight loss goal will I achieve
Age and gender are just two of many factors that can affect weight loss. How much you eat is the most important aspect; that is, the number of calories you eat. In order to lose weight you need to reduce the consumption of excess calories.
By suppressing your appetite, phentermine aids in weight loss: As a result of not eating as much, you will burn more calories than you consume. In a 12-week course, the majority of patients can anticipate a 5% weight loss. However, some people have lost as much as 10% of their body weight. If you weigh 250 pounds, a 5% weight loss equals 12.5 pounds, and a 10% weight loss equals 25 pounds.
Doctors recommend eating a low-calorie diet and exercising every day to help you lose weight more effectively. Topiramate, an anti-seizure medication, may also be prescribed by some doctors for improved outcomes. Because this medication has been shown in studies to also suppress appetite, taking it with food may help you lose weight more effectively.