How does phentermine work?
Phentermine works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite.
The hypothalamus is the region of the brain that controls the autonomic nervous system, regulating sleep cycles, body temperature, appetite, etc.
Phentermine should NOT be used as a substitute for proper diet or exercise. For maximum effects, it must be used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and/or exercise.
Any modifications in your diet, activity level, and behavior must be developed and continued long-term in order to continue losing weight and preventing the lost weight from returning.
How long should I take phentermine?
Phentermine is usually prescribed for short periods of 3 months, as the effects of phentermine tend to wear off after some time, while side effects remain.
This weight loss drug is classified as an anorectic — an agent that diminishes a person’s appetite.
The promising fat-to-fit drug is classified as a Schedule IV drug — one of the most commonly abused worldwide — although the actual potential for abuse is low, reports Gale Cenage Learning. The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has warned phentermine users that anoretic drugs can be easily addicting, especially in women who are obsessed with becoming thin. “They’ve been around in various guises since the Sixties and are highly addictive”, said Professor Hamid Ghodse, chairman of addiction psychiatry at St. George’s Hospital, London, to the Daily Mail. While people start to take them as an easy means to lose weight, it can also be just as easy to get hooked.
Phentermine side effects
As one of the commonly abused drugs, phentermine can kill those who are “dying to be slim.” The diet pill is legally attained through a doctor’s prescription but is easily available over the Internet for purchase. The fast weight-loss drug is the top prescribed drug by obesity treatment specialists, according to an article published in the Yonsei Medical Journal. While phentermine is only approved for short-term use for a period of 12 weeks or less, the potentially severe side effects are noticeable upon primary usage. The anti-obesity drug can help you turn from fat to fit in a short interval of time but if you stop taking the pill, you will most likely regain the weight you initially lost. As such, phentermine should be used not as the primary way to lose weight but as a supplement to a healthy exercise and diet.
According to Mayo Clinic, side effects of this fast weight-loss drug may include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Dry mouth