People who are worried about their weight and who are desperate to get into shape are leaving no stones unturned to achieve their goals. To help such people several weight loss pills are introduced into the market. The aim of these pills is to reduce the weight of the person within a short duration. Phentermine weight loss pills are one such type of pills that are very effective in this process. Marketing of these pills are approved and regulated by FDA.
What is Phentermine?
It is a drug that works as an appetite suppressant. When combined with exercise, diet, and behavioral modification it can reduce the weight of the person within a very less time. Individuals who will have to face severe threats because of their over weight are generally administered with this drug.
What are the common trade names of this drug?
Initially it was available as Phentermine hydrochloride. The marketing of this drug is controlled in several countries as people get addicted to this drug very badly.
Adipex P (Immediate release), Anoxine-AM, Fastin (discontinued), Ionamin (Slow release Resin, Australia, discontinued in the US), Duromine (Slow Release Resin, New Zealand & Australia), Obephen, Obermine, Obestin-30, Phentrol, Phenterex, Phentromine, Pro-Fast SA, Redusa, Panbesy, Phentermine Trenker, obenix, Oby-Trim, Teramine, Zantryl, Sinpet (MX), Supremin (PH), Umine (NZ), Weltmine (KP) are the common trade names of this drug.
What is the mode of action of these weight loss pills?
This chemical which is a constitutional isomer of methamphetamine has got stimulating abilities. It can stimulate the nervous system. Catecholamines, a kind of neurotransmitters are released by the neurons after stimulation. These neurotransmitters send a signal which to initiate a fight or flight response in the body. This response kills the hunger. So the Phentermine is used to kill the hunger in a person so that he does not eat much. This way he can control his weight.
What are the right amounts of dosage for this drug?
Several studies have reported that Phentermine weight loss pills lose the ability to act as an appetite suppressant after a certain period. So its use should be limited to about 12 weeks. After this period the body gets used to this drug and no more hunger signals are produced and a more dreadful thing is that the person gets addicted to this drug very badly. It is also known to cause insomnia. So, the right time to take these Phentermine weight loss pills is before breakfast or 2 to 3 hours after breakfast.
What are the restrictions involved with these weight loss pills?
Few people may be allergic to these Phentermine weight loss pills. Such people should not take these pills. People who have high blood pressure or an overactive thyroid or glaucoma or heart or blood vessel disease or severe narrowing of the blood vessels or brain and spinal cord disorder or hardening of the arteries or diabetes or high lipid levels should avoid taking these pills. Pregnant ladies should also avoid these pills. People who are on medication of drugs like dexfenfluramine, fenfluramine, furazolidone, guanadrel, guanethidine, or phenelzine (monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)) should also avoid these pills.
What are the side effects of Phentermine weight loss pills?
Since this drug can alter the functioning of the nervous system, it can cause many side effects either in the long run or in the short run. Few of the side effects caused by Phentermine weight loss pills are increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure. Insomnia is another major side effect of these pills. Few other side effects are mentione below.
- increased blood pressure
- sense of well being
- blurred vision
- change in sexual desire
- clumsiness, confusion
- dry mouth
- irregular heartbeat
- nausea or vomiting
- skin rash or itching
- stomach pain
- unpleasant taste
The side effects seen during over dosage of these pills are mentioned below.
- convulsions (seizures)
- fast breathing
- hostility/urge to attack
- irregular blood pressure
- irregular heartbeat
- mental depression (after a period of excitement)
- overactive reflexes
- panicking, restlessness
- severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
- stomach cramps