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One of the newest rages in health care are clinics specializing in weight management. Prescription weight loss medications include: phentermine, adipex, oby-cap, zantryl, just to name a few. So, what are these medications? What are the risks? Who should NOT take phentermine? Does it really work?

What is Phentermine?

Phentermine (or any of the other above mentioned medications) is an appetite suppressant. It works by activating the fight or flight response in our brain, so as to suppress the appetite akin to being in a stressful situation. Therefore, you hardly feel any hunger pangs thus you do not have to eat. Another effect is that it forcibly increases metabolism and rate of energy expenditure as if you are readying to jump or run great distances. This will allow your body to burn of a lot of calories that will otherwise be stored as fat.

What Are The Side Effects of Phentermine?

Possible side effects are bad taste left in the mouth, constipation, diarrhea, insomnia, dry mouth, feelings of dizziness, restlessness, nervousness, and palpitations. This is all due to the effects of Phentermine which mimics your fight or flight response. It is recommend that if you feel some of these symptom like insomnia, nervousness and overactive reflexes, you have to stop first some of the common activities which requires concentration such as driving and operating machines.

The side effects of Phentermine vary depending on the gender and age of the user. Some people also experience hypertension and arrhythmias. Feelings of unusual happiness (euphoria) may also be experienced. There are also some sexually related side effects of Phentermine such as decreased sex drive or impotence.

Who Should NOT Take Phentermine

You should not take phentermine if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • coronary artery disease (hardening of the arteries);
  • heart disease;
  • severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;
  • overactive thyroid;
  • glaucoma;
  • if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse; o
  • if you are allergic to other diet pills, amphetamines, stimulants, or cold medications.

Does It Really Work?

First, we all know there is NO magic pill that will make us lose weight and keep it off. If you take phentermine, you will lose weight. The problem that arises is unless you make lifestyle and dietary changes – you WILL gain the weight back. I prescribe phentermine sparingly. It is vital to decrease your calories, eat a healthy diet and exercise to lose weight. Phentermine is merely a jump start for weight loss.

I would like to hear from you: Have you tried phentermine and kept the weight off?