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What Is Phentermine

Phentermine is a medicine that stimulates the central nervous system, increases blood pressure and heart rate hence decreasing your appetite. It belongs to the drug group called anorectics. This medication, if taken simultaneously with exercise and a proper diet can treat obesity. Phentermine changes the chemical in your brain which results in decreased appetite.

In what dosage should phentermine be taken?

The dosage of this medicine varies from person to person. It depends on your age, gender, how you react to this medicine, and the severity of your medical condition. Usually, the medicine should be taken before breakfast or 1 to 2 hours after breakfast. 8mg tablet 3 times a day preferably an hour before meals. 15-37mg tablet once a day before or after breakfast. Do not take this medication in doses higher than prescribed as it will not be more effective rather will increase the risk of side effects. Contact your doctor if you think this medicine is not working for you or if you do not lose at least 4 pounds in 4 weeks. Children under the age of sixteen should not take this medicine. this medicine can be taken with or without food. During the treatment, you should have a low calorie diet.

How should this medicine be stored and what should be avoided during its use?

Store this medicine at room temperature and in a dry place. Do not keep this medicine in a washroom and keep it away from direct heat and light. If you missed a dose then take it when you remember, do not take the medicine if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take double doses to make up for the missed dose. Driving, operating heavy machinery, or any such activities that require you to be alert should be avoided as this medicine makes you dizzy. Intake of liquid or any other form of alcohol is not allowed as it may react with the medicine and cause serious harm.

What are some withdrawal symptoms caused by this medication?

Do not stop using this medicine without your doctor’s prescription.  Your doctor may decrease your dosage gradually to reduce the risk of withdrawal symptoms. Some withdrawal symptoms caused by this medicine include severe anxiety, irritability, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, loss of motivation, lack of interest, jittery reaction, and impaired memory. These symptoms should go away in a day or two. If they do not go away or worsen then contact your doctor and get medical assistance immediately. Older people should avoid using this medicine as their kidneys do not function properly and the risk of side effects is higher for them.

What are some side effects caused by this medication?

Some common side effects caused by this medicine include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, unpleasant taste, headache, constipation, nervousness, stomach, tingling feeling in hand, feet, or diarrhea. These may be rare but some serious side effects caused by this medicine include shortness of breath, tremors, trouble in falling asleep, pain in the chest, behavioral changes, unusual changes in mood, pounding heartbeats, feeling like passing out, fluttering in the chest, severe anxiety, nosebleed, primary pulmonary hypertension, lightheadedness, and swelling of legs and ankles.  These are extremely rare but if you have severe itching, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, lips, eyes, or throat then it means you are having an allergic reaction to this medicine and you need medical help immediately.

What should be done in case of an overdose of this medicine?

Overdosing on this medicine may prove to be fatal. Symptoms of overdose include blurry vision, panic, hallucinations, confusion, nausea, restlessness, diarrhea, vomiting, cramps in the stomach, feeling of being depressed, tiredness, weak pulse, irregular heartbeat, seizures, or slow breathing. If you or someone near you experiences these symptoms then medical attention should be sought immediately.

Who should avoid using this medicine?

If you have severe heart problems, overactive thyroid, uncontrolled blood pressure, history of substance abuse, fatigue, severe lung disease, skins, nails, and lips turning bluish,  a heart valve disorder, diabetes, any kidney disorder,  you take other diet pills, or extreme agitation then avoid using this medication. People with glaucoma should avoid using this medicine as it may increase the pressure on their eyes even more which can result in permanent vision damage. If you have a history of hyperthyroidism then do not take this medicine. furthermore, you should avoid using this medicine if you have a history of anxiety or agitation problems as this medicine can make it even worse if you are pregnant or if you are planning on becoming pregnant then avoid taking this medicine or at least inform your doctor before starting the treatment as it can have life-threatening effects on the unborn. If you are a breastfeeding mother then you should avoid using phentermine as it can pass down through breastmilk and leave lifelong side effects on the baby. Do not take this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days.

There is a misconception that abusing prescription drugs is less harmful than using illicit drugs. However, the truth could not be farther from it, abusing prescription drugs can cause serious harm to your health.