Phentermine, a contraction for "phenyl-tertiary-butylamine", is basically an appetite suppressant belonging to the amphetamine and phenethylamine category. It is a centrally acting drug approved to be used to help bring down weight in obese patients when used over the short-term along with exercise and diet. Generally, it’s prescribed for those people who have a high health risk due to their weight. The mechanism of the drug involves releasing certain chemicals in the brain that help put a stop to hunger and hence slow down the appetite.

Since Phentermine acts through sympathomimetic pathways, it is associated with a lot of side effects. For example, it may elevate blood pressure and heart rate, and cause palpitations, restlessness, and insomnia. Moreover, it has the potential to cause physical and psychological dependence. Some other common possible symptoms are: irritability, nervousness, sense of well-being, dry mouth, unpleasant taste, blurred vision, heartburn/acid reflux, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, irregular heartbeat, nausea, skin rash, stomach pain, and fatigue.

In case you have any of the following medical conditions, make sure you consult with your doctor before using Phentermine:

  • Pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • Using any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • Suffering from allergies to foods, medicines, or other substances
  • Suffering from a brain or spinal cord disorder, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, diabetes, or high cholesterol/lipid levels.

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