Common name: Phentermine
Trade Names: Adipex-P, Lomaira, Suprenza
Drug Class: S6 – Stimulants
Manufacturer: iNova Pharmaceuticals
Molecular formula: C10H15N
What is phentermine and what is it used for:
Phentermine (a generic of Adipex retard) is a medicine (anorectic) that suppresses excessive appetite. It suppresses the sensation of hunger, thus making it easier to follow dietary restrictions and lose weight. The active substance is bound in the form of polystyrene sulfonate, from which it is gradually released in the body. The slow release of the substance leads to an uninterrupted anorectic effect lasting at least 8 hours. It initiates weight loss and helps maintain body weight. Proper diet and adherence to a drinking regime increase its effect. It is intended to support dietary treatment in patients with obesity and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more for whom a weight-reduction diet alone is not sufficient for weight reduction. It is therefore a supportive medicine that should not replace diet and regular physical activity. Weight loss is more likely to be achieved if you prefer low-calorie foods and limit foods containing fat and carbohydrates. After stopping the product, you should follow a low-calorie diet for 6 weeks.
You should avoid taking phentermine during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
You should not take phentermine if you have glaucoma, an overactive thyroid, severe heart problems, uncontrolled high blood pressure, advanced coronary artery disease, extreme restlessness, or a history of drug abuse.
Do not use this medicine if you have taken MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine in the past two weeks. There is a potential for harmful drug interactions
Drug side effects: like all drugs, phentermine can have side effects. The drug is usually well tolerated, but dizziness, headache, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, dry mouth, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea may occur.
Dosage: Take 1 tablet daily before breakfast or 2 hours after breakfast for 4-8 weeks (maximum 3 months). Tablets are taken whole and should be washed down with plenty of liquid. The product is not taken in the evening as the drug may cause nervousness and insomnia. Do not take the medicine more often or in higher doses than prescribed as this may lead to dependence.