Should You Use Phentermine For Weight Loss

ID-100112607Phentermine 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.

Phentermine should not be used in some medical situations/conditions. In the following medical condition Phentermine should not be used:

  • If you are allergic to Phentermine or other drugs of same group (amphetamine) you should not use Phentermine.
  • If individual is psychologically instable and have history of drug abuse Phentermine should not be used.
  • In you are suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure), glaucoma (an eye disease where pressure inside the eye known as intraocular pressure is increased) and hyperthyroidism, Phentermine should not be used.
  • Phentermine should not be taken while taking some medications. The drugs which should not be used along with Phentermine are furazolidone, fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine or MAOI (mono amine oxidase inhibitors) like selezaline.

Some medicines may cause interaction with Phentermine and Phentermine should not be given along with these medicines for weight loss. These medicines are:

  • Guanethidine (effectiveness of this drug is reduced by Phentermine), antacids (may reduce absorption and have suboptimal effect), carbonic anhydrase inhibitors like acetazolamide (reduce excretion and increase side effects of Phentermine).
  • Drugs which can increase side effects of Phentermine are furazolidone, fenfluramine, MAOIs. These drugs can increase side effects as well as seriousness of side effects of Phentermine.

In certain medical conditions Phentermine should not be used as it may cause serious harm to the individual who is taking Phentermine. The medical conditions where Phentermine should not be used are:

  • During pregnancy Phentermine should not be used as it can cause harm to the growing fetus. Phentermine also should not be used during breast feeding (as Phentermine can be present in the breast milk and harm the breast feeding baby) and if you are woman and planning to have a baby.
  • Phentermine should not be taken if you have allergy to some other medicine as the chance of allergy to Phentermine is also higher in such individuals.


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