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Are there medicines that can help me lose weight?

Dr. Gazaway to answer

What is Phentermine? How does it work?

A mild stimulant that decreases appetite and causes central nervous system stimulation. The rate of weight loss is greatest in the first few weeks and tends to decrease in subsequent weeks. Tolerance to the medication occurs after several weeks and may require an increase in dosage. Our maximum dose will be 4 pills (150mg) to 6 pills (225mg) daily depending upon your progress or medical condition. We recommend that you taper off the medications. If you stop suddenly, you may experience fatigue, depression and a rebound in your appetite which may wipe out the progress you have made.

What are the possible side effects and contraindications of Phentermine?

Side effects include palpitations, rapid heart rate, and increased blood pressure. Central nervous system effects include restlessness, anxiety, dizziness, insomnia, change in mood, and headache. Rare complaints of unpleasant taste or diarrhea occur. Dry mouth frequently occurs and constipation commonly occurs. Men may suffer from impotence and men and women both may note a change in libido.

Contraindications: We will not prescribe medication to patients with known atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease, evidence of untreated hyperthyroidism or moderate hypertension (more than 160/100). Finally, patients with glaucoma should not take this medication.


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