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Understanding how Phentermine struggles against excessive weight

August 6, 2007

Phentermine is an appetite suppressant that reduces food craving thus allowing patients to more easily comply with diets and exercise routines imposed by doctors.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, overweight and obesity are a major public health concern because they contribute immensely to other preventable causes of death. People that are overweight or obese are more prone to suffer from illnesses such as heart disease and strokes, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, certain types of cancers, sleeping and breathing disorders, etc. Thus, by reducing obesity, phentermine can help save your life.

Phentermine has become a widely prescribed medication for patients trying to combat obesity, and especially for patients already suffering from any of the above mentioned illnesses. It should be noted that Phentermine is used as a short term treatment for obesity (from 1 to 3 months). Prolonged use can result in unwanted side effects, so it is important to consult your doctor before beginning use. This appetite suppressant is normally combined with special diets, exercise routines, and even psychological or behavioral therapy.

Overweight vs. Obesity

According to the National Center for Disease Statistics, a person becomes overweight when their BMI (Body Mass Index) is 25 kg/m2 or more. Obesity is more severe than being overweight. A person is considered obese when their body mass index is 30 kg/m2 or more. It should be noted that predetermine use is not recommended for people having normal body mass indexes: which are between 18.5 and 24.9. Most doctors will only prescribe it if your BMI is 28 or greater.

The Different Faces of Phentermine

Phentermine is sold under many labels. The most common brand names are Adipex and Ionamin but there are many names and generic versions of Phentermine, such as Pro-fast, Phentercot, Fastin, Teramine, etc. Your doctor will probably make the final decision as to what phentermine type or dosage is right for you. Normal recommended dosages run around 30 mgs per day.

Side Effects

Phentermine does increase your blood pressure and makes your heart beat faster. People just starting out with phentermine might also suffer from any of the following mentioned side effects. It should be noted that most of these conditions are temporary, and should go away once the body gets used to the new medication. If they persist, consult your doctor immediately.

- Constipation

- Trouble Sleeping

- Blurry Vision

- Excessive thirst due to a having a dry mouth

Phentermine use might also make some people cranky or more irritable than normal. Side effects have not been determined for patients who take phentermine for a prolonged period of time. Some people claim that the body will become accustomed to the drugs presence and it will simply loose its effect. But since prolonged use is not recommended, no clinical studies have been performed to determine side effects on people's health.

Is Phentermine Right for You?

The above information should give you a good indication of whether or not you are a good candidate for a Phentermine treatment. If you have trouble controlling your appetite and your body mass index is greater than 28, then phentermine might indeed be a good option for you.

 

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