What is Phentermine?
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant used in combination with diet and exercise to achieve successful weight management. It is designed for short-term use, often helpful for patients who find themselves stuck in a plateau. Phentermine, a FDA approved appetite suppressant, has been used since 1959 to aid in medical weight loss. Doctors often use Phentermine before resorting to surgical intervention, due to its proven safety and efficiency. This drug has an extremely low addiction and dependency potential, therefore classifying it as a Schedule IV drug here in Nashville.
How does Phentermine work?
Working on the hypothalamus portion of the brain, phentermine stimulates the adrenal glands to release norepinephrine. This sends a chemical message to the brain that signals a fight response and in turn reduces hunger. Phentermine also releases adrenaline which causes fat cells to break down stored fat. The metabolism of phentermine like many other medications takes place in the liver.
Who should avoid taking Phentermine?
Phentermine should not be taken during pregnancy, if attempting pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Patients should avoid using phentermine if taking stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, or on a MAOI Inhibitor. Those with Hyperthyroidism, Glaucoma, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Prostatic Hypertrophy, Cardiac Disease, or Epilepsy should avoid taking Phentermine as well. Alcohol should be avoided when taking phentermine. If alcohol consumption will occur, avoid taking your daily dose and resume the following day.
What are the common side effects of Phentermine?
The most common side effects associated with Phentermine are dry mouth, nervousness, restlessness, and constipation. Many of the side effects can be avoided by increasing water consumption and avoiding caffeine.
Who can benefit from taking Phentermine?
Anyone whose BMI is greater than 30 may benefit from prescription phentermine. Those with a BMI greater than 25, with an increased weight related risk or diagnosed with a weight related medical condition, may also benefit.
Phentermine is not available over the counter. To obtain a prescription in Nashville you must be medically evaluated by our licensed practitioners and qualify for treatment at IRevive Health & Wellness located at 1913 Church Street, Nashville TN 37203. All weight loss medications and services are dispensed on site at IRevive Health & Wellness.
Program overseen by Dr Moses Swauncy, MD