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Phentermine is approved by the FDA for the treatment of obesity. It is an appetite suppressant that works on the hypothalamus to release norepinephrine, which in turn, decreases your appetite. Experts aren't sure of the exact mechanism of action, but it is proven to also increase free levels of serotonin and dopamine. It possibly also indirectly raises leptin levels in the brain, which is the hormone that tell us that we are full. 


Contraindications to therapy include:

  • History of cardiovascular disease (arrhythmias, CAD, uncontrolled hypertension, etc.)​

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Glaucoma

  • Agitated states

  • History of drug abuse

  • Pregnancy/Breast-feeding

  • MAO inhibitor therapy

Do I Qualify?


Normal BMI range is 18.5-24.9. Patient must have a minimum BMI of 27 for initiation or maintenance of therapy. Medication will be stopped after patients BMI drops below 27.

Side effects include:

  • Dry mouth

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Constipation

  • Heart racing or palpitations

  • Elevated blood pressure

  • Chest pain

  • Jitteriness

  • Trouble sleeping

It is crucial to remember that medication alone is not a solution for a healthy lifestyle. A combination of healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior modification is necessary for optimal results. There is no shortcut to a healthy lifestyle, and it requires consistent effort and dedication.

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