Phentermine weight loss
Prescription medications for weight loss – Phentermine review
Most people tend to over simplify weight loss and resort the over simplistic approach of “eat less, and exercise more”. If you are overweight or obese and ever tried losing significant portion of your body weight, you would have probably realized that it is never that simple. And if it is, this country or the world for that matter, should not be dealing with this epidemic of obesity, and diabetes, some dubbed as diabesity.
In reality, there are over 50 different neurochemicals that affect the appetite center leading to weight gain and using certain tools such as an appetite suppressant medication might be an option to consider for many in addition to a low calorie diet and exercise. Let us review the old and time tested weight medication or diet pill – Phentermine.
Some of the questions related to the weight loss medication Phentermine we would try to answer in this blog are noted below:
- Does phentermine really work for weight loss?
- Is Phentermine safe to take for losing weight?
- How much weight will I lose when I take Phentermine?
- How much does Phentermine cost?
- Is Phentermine safe to take for help losing weight?
- What are the common side effects of Phentermine?
- Can Phentermine be taken together with other weight loss medications such as Topiramate, Metformin, Bupropion, or other diet pills?
- Where can I find a weight loss doctor that is familiar with Phentermine and other appetite suppressant medications in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania area?
Before looking at the answers to the above questions, let us review what the bariatric weight loss physicians or weight loss doctors in the country choose for their patients to help them lose weight. According to most estimates, over 95% of all weight loss physicians use Phentermine alone or in combination with other medications to help their patients lose weight.
In fact, Phentermine is so commonly used for helping patients lose weight by weight loss doctors all over the world that we can Phentermine is to the weight loss physicians what Metformin is to the endocrinology doctors treating diabetes!
What is Phentermine?
As the name suggests, Phentermine, is an amphetamine based stimulant medication that helps improve one’s metabolism and is used medically as an appetite suppressant.
In the United States, Phentermine is approved as a short term adjunct therapy for obese or overweight adults with certain comorbid conditions to curb appetite, increase metabolism and assist in losing weight in addition to a reduced calorie diet and exercise program.
It is typically prescribed by physicians specializing or with an interest in obesity medicine for individuals who are at increased medical risk due to their weight. In this context, it is also important to note that the distribution of the body weight such as central or abdominal distribution of the weight poses a higher risk than otherwise.
How long can one use Phentermine for weight loss?
When the US FDA approved Phentermine in 1959, the data was limited on this medication and therefore, approved Phentermine on a short term basis, usually few weeks generally interpreted as about 3 months. Although most people would like to see Obesity much like flu that will get better in a short time, the reality unfortunately, is that obesity is a long term disease and the treatment approaches should also be long term.
Realizing the importance of the long term approach to obesity, rather than a short term approach, the US FDA approved some of the newer weight loss medications such as the combination of Phentermine and Topiramate (Qsymia), Belviq, Contrave etc. for longer term use although the original indication for Phentermine remains unchanged. Most bariatric physicians that use Phentermine on a longer term basis are using the medication off label whenever the benefit of losing weight are considered higher than the risks associated with the medication.
What are the common side effects of using Phentermine?
Generally speaking, phentermine appears to be relatively well tolerated.
The common side effects of Phentermine may include the following
Common (>1% incidence) adverse effects include dry mouth, restless feeling which improves over time in most people.
- Contraindicated in cardiac disease such as advanced arteriosclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, uncontrolled high blood pressure or hypertension, arrhythmias) and cerebrovascular disease or stroke.
- Pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
How does Phentermine work for weight loss?
Phentermine works on the brain to reduce hunger and on the cells to increase metabolism to burn more fat.
Combination of Phentermine with other weight loss medications
Phentermine is now increasingly being used as one of the main component in the new combination for weight loss such as Qsymia(A sustained release combination of Phentermine and Topiramate) and many weight loss physicians use Phentermine with other weight loss medications including Bupropion, Metformin, Diethylpropion, Belviq, etc although it varies based on the individual weight loss physicians training, experience and the patients clinical situation.
Out of the many combination weight loss medications, the most effective combination in our opinion is the combination of Phentermine and Topiramate which works on multiple fronts by reducing cravings, increasing metabolism and reducing hunger.
In our opinion and in the opinion of many weight loss physicians that are familiar with Phentermine, it is a relatively well tolerated medication and best works together with a reduced calorie diet, exercise under careful medical supervision.
Cost and availability of Phentermine
Although the cost varies based on the pharmacy, location, and various other factors, most W8MD medical weight loss centers offer Phentermine included in the cost of the program administration fee that varies from $45.00-$60.00 biweekly for up to two appetite suppressant medications when medically appropriate. Compared to many other physician weight loss programs, the W8MD medical weight loss program is not only affordable, but also one of the most cost effective weight loss programs in the area. Check out our great weight loss program reviews online and watch our You Tube weight loss channel.
Trade names for Phentermine
- Adipex P (immediate release)
- Ionamin (slow-release resin, discontinued in the US)
- Pro-Fast SA
- Qsymia (with topiramate)
- PhenObestin 37.5
- Phentermine Trenker
- Suprenza (orally disintegrating tablet)