Phentermine is a medication that is commonly used for weight loss. It is an appetite suppressant that works by affecting the central nervous system, specifically the hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating hunger and satiety. Phentermine is typically prescribed to individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one weight-related medical condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Because Phentermine is a controlled substance we will not prescribe this medication at Sky Health. If we determine Phentermine might be a good fit for you, we will recommend you ask about a possible prescription from your primary care provider.
Phentermine and Weight Loss:
Weight loss is the primary benefit of Phentermine, as it can help individuals lose significant amounts of weight over a period of several weeks or months. Phentermine is designed to be used as a short-term solution for weight loss, typically no more than 12 weeks, as prolonged use can lead to tolerance and potential addiction. Phentermine is also not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise routine, and it is important to make lifestyle changes to maintain weight loss even after discontinuing the medication.
Phentermine works by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine, which increase feelings of satiety and reduce hunger. This helps individuals consume fewer calories and maintain a caloric deficit necessary for weight loss. Phentermine may also increase metabolism, which further supports weight loss efforts.
Phentermine and Health Benefits:
In addition to weight loss, Phentermine may have other health benefits as well. For example, some studies have shown that Phentermine may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity. Phentermine may also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Possible Side Effects of Phentermine
However, Phentermine is not without its side effects. Common side effects of Phentermine include:
• Dry mouth
• Elevated Heart Rate.
In rare cases, Phentermine can also cause more serious side effects such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and allergic reactions.
It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking Phentermine, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking any other medications.
It is also important to note that Phentermine is a controlled substance, meaning it has a potential for abuse and addiction. Individuals who have a history of substance abuse or addiction should not take Phentermine. It is also important to follow the prescribed dosage and not exceed it, as taking too much Phentermine will lead to adverse effects.