Where is Phentermine used?
Phentermine is an FDA-approved medication used by overweight people. This medicine is intended to help you lose weight along with lifestyle changes and exercise. Losing weight and keeping it off may lessen several health risks that come with obesity such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
This medicine belongs in the group called sympathomimetic amines and is also known as an appetite suppressant. Phentermine comes as a tablet for oral use.
How does Phentermine work?
Phentermine works by decreasing your appetite and increases the amount of energy used by your body. This also affects certain parts of the brain that stimulates the release of brain chemicals. It will control your mind to control your appetite. Therefore, you will feel full and eat less.
How is Phentermine taken?
- Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water.
- The medicine is usually taken once a day as directed by the doctor.
- Each dose may be taken 1 hour before breakfast or 1-2 hours after breakfast.
- Your doctor may adjust your dose to take a small dose up to 3 times a day if needed.
- Taking a dose of this medicine late in the day may cause insomnia or trouble sleeping. Follow carefully the instructions given by your doctor.
- The dosage is based on your condition and response. Your doctor will adjust the dose to find the best for you.
- Take each dose at the same with each day to help you remember taking them regularly.
- This medication may stop working well after you have been taking it for weeks. If the medicine stops working well, talk with your doctor right away.
What are the possible side effects of Phentermine?
- Difficulty sleeping
What are the precautions in taking Phentermine?
- This prescription is not recommended for use in children 16 years of age and younger.
- This drug may have an ingredient that causes an allergic reaction. For this reason, tell your doctor if you have any allergies or if you ever had an allergic reaction to this before.
- It is important to tell your doctor your medical history especially if you ever had heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or a history of drug abuse.
- The risks and benefits of taking Phentermine should be discussed with your doctor if you are 65 years of age or older. Older adults must not usually take this medicine because it is not as safe as other medicines that can be used to treat the same condition.
- The safe usage of alcohol should be discussed with your doctor while you are having treatment with this medicine. Alcohol could worsen some side effects of Phentermine.
- If you have diabetes, you may need to lessen your dosage of insulin while taking this medication. Call your doctor for further advice.
- Even though this medicine is one of the most frequently recommended weight-loss medications, it is not a good choice if you have glaucoma or an overactive thyroid gland. Also, it isn’t for use in women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or may become pregnant.