Phentermine is a stimulant that acts as an appetite suppressant and affects the central nervous system. It is...
In the United States phentermine is used as an appetite suppressant diet pill for individuals that are considered clinically obese. In 2012, FDA in the United States approved to be a safe drug to be sold but only when prescribed by a trained physician and sold only at a pharmacy. The reason why you can only get it by prescription from a physician and is only sold at a pharmacy is because if used the wrong way can be very deadly and have several side effects.
How Phentermine Works?
The way that phentermine works is that stimulates the adrenal glands which releases a chemical to your brain the signals the "fight or flight" response and that reduces the feeling of being hungry which will keep you from eating.
In 1959, phentermine was used by the FDA as an appetite suppressing drug and then became more readily available in the early 1970’s and was sold as Fastin in drug stores for the SmithKline Beecham company. About 28 years later it was moved off the market. When it reappeared on the market and approved with the FDA it has been sold under a different name and is also sold in a generic form as well and no clinical studies have been done on it.
Since it has come back on the market phentermine was also sold with fenfluramine and sold as a combination of appetite supplement and fat burning agent under a name that became very popular known as Fen-Phen. In 1997 when 27 cases of heart valve disease where found that was caused by the drug Fen-Phen it was pulled off the market again and was considered unsafe. Even though the combination of the two drugs were taken off the market and considered unsafe phentermine is still sold by itself in the United States but is also considered in the same class as amphetamine which is considered as a controlled substance in the United States.
Phenetermine and Topiramate
Since 2012 when the FDA approved the combination of phenetermine and Topiramate and labeled it as an appetite suppressant online pharmacies have been selling it online so that you don’t have to have a physician write a prescription for it. They give you a couple of months supply of it and tell consumers that it will help them lose weight by suppressing their appetite. They claim that it is safe and that all you have to do is take them without a proper diet and exercise and that you will lose weight safely. What they don’t tell you is all the side effects that may come with it and what medications to be careful with while taking them. They do however advise you to consult your physician before ordering these pills and taking them.
Phentermine is still being studied in combination with other drugs to help individuals that are considered clinically obese.
Phentermine Side Effects
Phentermine also works outside of the brain as well. It releases epinephrine and adrenaline and this attacks the fat cells and breaks down stored fats in the body and this is also the basis of hunger reduction. The cells and excess waste goes through the colon and will eventually be expelled as waste. This is why if it is not used properly can cause diahrrea and other medical conditions. Phentermine also releases more serotonin and dopamine into the body. This also means that this medication can be considered a mind altering drug.
Even though they are intended to help people that are considered clinically obese if used the wrong way can be fatal to an individual. Any physician should advise a patient of the side effects and decide whether it is the perfect drug for them and they should be advised that this drug is only used for short term obesity. Some of the side effects are, unpleasant taste, dry mouth, Hypertension, Diarrhea, Restlessness, Vomiting, Nervousness, Headaches, Impotence, Euphoria, Urinary frequency, and libido. If the patient is afraid of those side effects then maybe the doctor can help them with other ways to help with the obesity. The patient will want to let the physician know if they are on these medications, dexfenfluramine, fenfluramine, furazolidone, or pheneizine because you will run the risk of serious side effects such as, increasing headache, high blood pressure, slow heart rate, and those are just a few of very serious side effects.
Phentermine Trade Names
There some of the trade names and generic forms in the United States are as followed, Acxion, Adipex P, Anoxine-AM, Mirapront, Obephen, Obermine, Obestin-30, Qsymia, Redusa, Panbesy, Phentermine Trenker, Obenix, Oby-Trim, Teramine, and Zantryl.
Consult physycian before taking Phentermine
In conclusion, with all of this being said you should always consult a physician before taking a diet pill, appetite suppressant, or anything that alters your appetite, involves the colon, or controls the chemicals in the brain. If you are wanting to lose weight you should first consult your physician to see how much you are overweight and if following a proper diet would be the best way to lose weight. If the physician gives you the go ahead then you should start out a workout routine very well slow at first so that you don’t hurt yourself and maintain a proper diet of three square meals a day.
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