Phentermine (Adipex-P), is the most prescribed weight loss medication. Available as a low cost generic, Phentermine has been approved for weight loss since 1973.
How does phentermine work? Phentermine increases release of neurotransmitters which simulate metabolism and suppress appetite. Phentermine is a “sympathomimetic” because it simulates the release and inhibition of certain neurotransmitters in your brain. Essentially it tricks your mind into feeling full.
Release of which neurotransmitters? Phentermine works by causing the release of three neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, in your brain to suppress hunger.
What is the difference between phentermine, cocaine, and amphetamines? Cocaine and methamphetamines are much more potent releasers of norepinephrine and dopamine, which cause users to experience the addictive effects.
Who should not take phentermine? Phentermine is not a good idea in patients with coronary heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, or in patients with a history of drug abuse.
Why is phentermine a “scheduled” drug like Xanax, Ativan or Ambien? Phentermine is a schedule IV drug, which suggests the potential for abuse. The potential for abise is very low. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor about the potential for addictive effects.
How much weight will I loose with phentermine? Phentermine 37.5mg daily for 12 weeks leads to an average weight loss of 15.8 pounds (7.2 kgs).
What are the side effects? Dry mouth and constipation are the most common side effects that i hear most often from my patients. Phentermine can also cause increased head rate, blood pressure, insomnia, constipation and nervousness. So keep an eye on your blood pressure if you do decide to start on it.
Do I prescribe Phentermine? Yes, at eCareNow we offer medical weight loss services when you can get a prescription for Phentermine if appropriate and safe.
How much does Phentermine cost? The cost varies in different pharmacies. I usually advise patients to use WalMart, Costco, Giant pharmacies where you can purchase 30tab of Phentermine for a very low price (between $11.00 - 18.00)
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