Weight Loss and Phentermine

Phentermine Continues to Lead in Prescription Weight Loss

What is Phentermine?

Phentermine, a FDA approved appetite suppressant, became available as a prescription drug in 1959 to aid in medical weight loss. With its safety and efficiency Phentermine has been used for weight loss prior to surgical or more extreme options. With having low addiction or dependency potential, Phentermine is classified as a schedule IV drug.

How does Phentermine work?

Phentermine works on the hypothalamus portion of the brain to stimulate the adrenal glands to release norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter or chemical message that signals a fight or flight response, reducing hunger. Phentermine also works to release adrenaline, causing fat cells to break down stored fat. Metabolism of Phentermine takes place in the liver.

Who should avoid taking Phentermine?

Phentermine is a pregnancy category X and should be avoided if pregnant, attempting pregnancy or breastfeeding. You should not take Phentermine if taking stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin or on a MAOI Inhibitor. Those with Hyperthyroidism, Glaucoma, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Prostatic Hypertrophy, Cardiac Disease or Epilepsy should also avoid taking Phentermine. When consuming alcohol Phentermine should be avoided due to the depressive nature of alcohol.

What are the common side effects of Phentermine?

The most common side effects associated with Phentermine are Xerostomia (dry mouth), Restlessness, Constipation and Nervousness. Many of the side effects can be avoided by increasing water consumption and avoiding caffeine.

Who can benefit from taking Phentermine?

Anyone whose BMI is greater than 30 and classified as obese can benefit from prescription Phentermine. Those that have a BMI greater than 25, and at risk or diagnosed with a weight related medical condition, may also benefit.

Where can I be evaluated to see if I would benefit from Phentermine?

Phentermine is available by prescription only. To obtain a prescription in Nashville you must be medically evaluated and cleared for treatment at 61Five Health and Wellness or another medical provider.


For more information on Phentermine please visit – http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/


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