Appetite Suppressants (Phentermine)

What Is Phentermine?

Phentermine is in the class of drugs called “anorectics”, also known as appetite suppressants, and has been used consistently for medical weight management since it was first approved in 1959. Phentermine is indicated for short term use (a few weeks to a month) ideally for patients with an initial BMI* 25 or more (overweight) with at least one weight-related condition including but not limited to controlled high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, etc.and should be used in combination with regular exercise and a reduced-calorie diet. Phentermine is a Schedule IV drug, a classification given to drugs that have a potential for abuse, although the actual potential appears to be low.

Is phentermine a good option for weight loss?

Phentermine is an amphetamine-like prescription medication used to suppress appetite. It can help weight loss by decreasing your hunger or reducing cravings.

Like other prescription weight-loss drugs, phentermine is intended to be used as part of an overall weight-loss plan. It is indicated for people who are obese, and who have failed to lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone. It can be effective on a short-term basis for people who want to lose just a few pounds. However, those with a significant amount of weight (fat) to lose should strongly consider a significantly more effective Thrive® medical HCG program.

Can I take phentermine along with the Thrive® HCG Program and/or Lipotropic injections?

Yes,  phentermine (as needed) along with The Thrive® HCG program and Lipotropic injections can have a positive effect on helping with occasional cravings.  The phentermine along with HCG and Lipotropic injections creates a synergistic effect of curbing cravings,  while allowing the HCG and lipotropic injections to target and release fat while preserving lean (muscle) mass within the body,  resulting in a higher ending metabolism.  The weight (fat) loss results when used in conjunction with a Thrive® HCG and lipotropics program versus phentermine alone are significant.

Phentermine Uses

Phentermine is used with a short term doctor-approved exercise, behavior change, and reduced-calorie diet program to help you lose weight. It is used by certain overweight people, such as those who are obese or have weight-related medical problems. Losing weight and keeping it off can lessen the many health risks that come with obesity, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a shorter life.

How to use Phentermine

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually one-half tablet once a day, 1 hour before breakfast or 1 to 2 hours after breakfast. If needed, your doctor may adjust your dose to take a small dose up to 3 times a day. Carefully follow your doctor’s instructions. Taking this medication late in the day may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia).

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Your doctor will adjust the dose to find the best dose for you. Use this medication regularly and exactly as prescribed in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.

This medication is usually taken for only a few weeks at a time. It should not be taken with other “anorectic”appetite suppressants. The possibility of serious side effects increases with longer use of this medication and use of this drug along with certain other diet drugs.

This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, severe tiredness) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually.

Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or use it for a longer time than prescribed.  Properly stop the medication when so directed.

This medication may stop working well after you have been taking it for a several weeks. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working. Do not increase the dose unless directed by your doctor. Your doctor may direct you to stop taking this medication.

Appetite Suppressants Phentermine

Common side effects of phentermine include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Tingling or prickling feeling in hands or feet
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nervousness
  • Constipation

Although phentermine is one of the most commonly prescribed weight-loss medications, it isn’t a good option if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland or glaucoma. It also isn’t for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breast-feeding.

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