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What is Phentermine?

Phentermine, a stimulant, is an appetite suppressant. It is not known exactly how the medication works, but is believed to operate in the central nervous system, creating a response in your body that prevents it from giving off hunger signals to the brain. Phentermine is similar to amphetamine, in that it elevates blood pressure, increases heart rate and stimulates the nervous system.

Phentermine is available in tablet form, in varying dosages, and is sold under the brand names Adipex (or Adipex P), Fastin, Obenix, Oby-Trim and more. It must be prescribed by a doctor.

Uses for Phentermine

Phentermine is used to help with weight loss in individuals who are considered obese. It is only prescribed in the short term, and should be used in combination with diet and exercise.

Possible Side Effects of Phentermine

Side effects of phentermine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, insomnia, restlessness, dizziness, high blood pressure, increased heart rates and more. When combined with other medications, such as fenfluramine, it may cause pulmonary hypertension and heart valve defects. Report any symptoms or side effects to a doctor immediately if taking phentermine.

Phentermine can be habit-forming, both physically and psychologically, when used over the long term. Symptoms of withdrawal include fatigue, drowsiness, tremors and depression. Be sure to take phentermine only as prescribed.

You should not take phentermine if you have certain preexisting conditions, such as coronary artery disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, overactive thryroid, glaucoma, allergies to stimulants or cold medications, or a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Warnings About Phentermine

The information listed here regarding phentermine is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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