Phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira) is an amphetamine-like prescription appetite suppressant. It can aid in weight reduction by lowering hunger or making you feel fuller for longer. For weight loss, phentermine is also available in conjunction with topiramate (Qsymia).
Phentermine for weight loss is meant to be taken as part of a comprehensive weight-loss regimen. It is recommended for those who are obese and have not lost enough weight with diet and exercise alone – not for people who wish to shed a few pounds.
Phentermine is classified as a Schedule IV substance, which means it has the potential for abuse but appears to have a minimal risk of misuse.
The following are some of the most common phentermine adverse effects:
- My heart rate has increased.
- Tingling or prickling sensations in the hands or feet
- Mouth dryness
Although phentermine is a popular weight-loss medicine, it is not a suitable choice if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland, or glaucoma. It is also not appropriate for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding.
Certain eating disorders may benefit from it.
The combination of phentermine and topiramate may assist persons with BED and bulimia nervosa to minimize binge eating.
BED is distinguished by the consumption of enormous amounts of food, frequently fast and to the point of discomfort. It is also linked to a sense of losing control during the binge, as well as emotions of shame or guilt afterward.
Bulimia nervosa is characterized by the same binge-eating behavior as BED, but it also includes compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting.
Persons who took a phentermine and topiramate medication combination saw substantial decreases in binge-eating episode frequency in a short 12-week trial of people with BED who were overweight.