People are always searching for the magic bullet for their diet, that one perfect pill that will melt away their extra pounds while they snack on ice cream and candy. To some, phentermine is that magic pill, reducing hunger pangs and pumping up your metabolism. Is it the right way for you to lose weight? Here are some things to understand before you decide.
Phentermine is a stimulant that is prescribed by your doctor. As part of a diet and exercise program, phentermine can decrease your appetite to make it easier to reduce your caloric intake. Working much like amphetamines, phentermine works on your central nervous system to suppress your feelings of hunger.
A decade ago phentermine became well known because of its association with another diet medication called fenfluramine. This combo, called Phen-Fen, was found to cause a fatal lung problem called pulmonary hypertension and damage to heart valves. There's nothing like a few diet-related deaths to really jump to the top of the newspaper. Use of this combination has stopped, but you should be very clear with your doctor about all of the other medications that you are taking. Using MAO inhibitors, like Furoxone, Marplan or Nardil can interact with phentermine in dangerous ways. You should also avoid phentermine if you have heart or coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, glaucoma or diabetes.
Taking phentermine exactly as prescribed is very important. It can be very dangerous to take more (or even less, actually) than prescribed. The directions on your prescription label should outweigh any advice from friends or diet gurus. In most situations you will be instructed to take phentermine once in the morning, although there are versions tailored for taking twice a day. Do not split or crush the time release tablets because this will cause the drugs to enter your system more quickly and not last all day. Neither of these are good outcomes. Since phentermine acts like a stimulant, don't take it in the evening or you might have trouble falling and staying asleep.
Will phentermine work for you? Most people find that their appetite does decrease. This makes dieting quite a bit easier. On the other hand, many people also find that they experience difficulty sleeping, dizziness, dry mouth, irritability, racing pulse, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. This puts the diet into perspective, too.
So do you need a little help to get that diet going strong? Have you tried phentermine? If so, click on that Comment button and share your experience.