Phentermine is popularly used for reducing weight by obese individuals. It acts by reducing appetite and as a result food consumption (calorie consumption to be precise) is reduced by obese individuals, as the most important cause of obesity is consumption of food more than required by our body to sustain its physiological needs. If extra calorie is consumed every day the extra calorie is deposited in the body as fats in adipose tissues. And over a period of many years or many months it accumulates to cause obesity. Here Phentermine comes to play its role for reducing body weight. Phentermine causes reduction in appetite by secreting chemical messenger known as neurotransmitter which inhibits the feeding center in the hypothalamus where feeding center is located.
But to be better effective in reducing body weight while taking Phentermine, other measures like regular exercise and dieting should also be done. The success rate of weight loss by Phentermine may be less if regular physical exercise and dieting is not combined with it.
While taking Phentermine one should keep in mind the side effects and contraindications of Phentermine. If any side effects develop which has become bothersome to you while taking Phentermine, it should be stopped and doctor consulted. Read more…
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant drug that is approved (including USFDA) for use in obesity. Since 1959, the year of FDA approval of Phentermine, it is being used for various medical conditions, including weight reduction in obese people. Phentermine is an amphetamine class drug with many similarities to amphetamine. Phentermine should not be used for more than 2-3 month as it does not have weight loss effect after 2-3 months of use, as Phentermine develops tolerance to the appetite suppressant effect and if continued for more than 3 months it may cause rebound weight gain, which will frustrate the obese person taking Phentermine.
If dietary restriction, regular physical exercise lifestyle modification etc. (which are general measures of weight loss program) are not followed strictly, Phentermine may not give the desired results and fail to reduce weight in obese individuals. All these general measures are also required for maintaining body weight after losing it, as Phentermine is not useful in maintaining normal body weight after bringing it down to normal.
Phentermine can be used by obese people to reduce body weight. Obesity is the term used when BMI (body mass index) of a person is more than 30, which is below 25 in normal individuals. If a person’s BMI is 25 to 30 it is termed overweight. Phentermine should be used by obese individuals (and preferably by individuals with BMI more than 35 when some other medication or method of weight reduction like diet and regular physical exercise has failed) only and not by overweight persons. Phentermine should not be used as first line treatment of obesity, it should be used for short term of 2-3 months only and when other methods are not working or suitable for a particular obese person. All these precautions are taken before starting Phentermine, because of addiction liability and certain potentially serious side effects and also Phentermine is not useful in long run. Phentermine can help in reducing weight in obese individuals, if combined with exercise, diet and behavior modification, but it can not sustain normal body weight in long term and for this reason Phentermine used for short term only. Read more…