What is Phentermine?
Phentermine hydrochloride is an appetite suppressant used in the treatment of obesity. Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30.
How does it work?
By stimulating the hypothalamus gland in the brain. The hypothalamus is the region of the brain that controls appetite.
How long has Phentermine been on the market?
Phentermine was approved by the FDA in 1959 as a short term treatment for obesity and has dominated the market ever since.
Is Phentermine an amphetamine?
No. It is similar in chemical structure.
What are the risks associated with Phentermine?
PPH. Primary Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare and frequently fatal disease of the lungs that occurred in patients who received Phen Phen which was the combination of Phentermine with fenfluramine. Phen Phen was taken off the market in September 1997. The possibility of an association between PPH and Phentermine use alone cannot be ruled out.
What is the dosage of Phentermine?
37.5 mg. tablet. It is recommended that the lowest effective dose should be used. For some clients that is a half tablet for others a full tablet.
When should I take Phentermine?
Either before breakfast or 1-2 hours after. Before 10 am.
What is the duration of therapy for Phentermine?
12 weeks of use. It is used “off label” much longer. The addictive potential increases with length of therapy. This medication was designed to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise.
Who should not take Phentermine?
Anyone with a history of:
Coronary Artery Disease
Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
Clients who are pregnant and or nursing.
**Combining Phentermine with anti-depressants is used with caution
We educate on the importance of behavior modification in terms of successfully maintaining attained weight loss. In certain cases, prescription medication and supervised low calorie diets are implemented (when indicated). Also, Indian Lake Medical Weight Loss & Wellness & Wellness teaches you how to be assertive when it comes to social eating behaviors. Our approach to weight loss focuses on teaching and reinforcing the importance of behavior and lifestyle changes. We teach that many people can follow a diet and loose weight. However, we help you understand that challenge that exist in maintaining that weight loss. We encourage record keeping and the assessment of current eating behavior and associated activities. Our belief is that teaching behavior modification facilitates lifelong success. We understand that any changes in eating and exercising behaviors must become habitual, which takes time.
We offer monthly assessments to help mold your behavioral change. We educate you on the roles eating slower and having portion control, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water, increased physical activity, attitudes, self-esteem, holiday eating, and stress eating play on weight gain. We also conveniently offer weekly weigh-ins. We understand that the principal concepts of the energy balance equation: “energy in, versus energy out” must be addressed to have a successful weight loss program. To lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than you burn. That is, of course, easier said than done. No matter what weight loss methods you may employ (diet, exercise, medication or surgery), the principle of energy balance is unavoidable.
With the appropriate medical supervision and counseling, prescription appetite suppressants have been shown to be very safe and effective in aiding in weight loss. Because all medicines can react differently in different people and some can have addicting qualities, we monitor you closely and educate you on the possible side effects to look for. It is very important that we have a complete past medical history that is continuously updated and also routine physical assessments to ensure that we provide you with safe medical treatment. When indicated, the appetite suppressant (Phentermine) is prescribed after a thorough assessment that reveals no predisposing health factors that make it contraindicated (i.e. hyperthyroidism, uncontrolled hypertension, glaucoma, drug abuse).
This portion of our program involves being evaluated for a FDA approved prescription appetite suppressant (when indicated). Patients with certain preexisting health conditions (i.e. hyperthyroidism, history of heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, seizure disorder, glaucoma) do not qualify for this program. Candidates for this program must have a BMI less than 27.0 kg/m2. Of course, Phentermine will not be prescribed to patrons with no history of ever taking the drug that currently have a BMI less than 27.0. These patients are better candidates for our LipoPLUS program to target specific fat regions. Transfer patients with a BMI between 25.0 – 27 will only be prescribed Phentermine at the Nurse Practitioner’s discretion. There are no specific qualifications or weight limits for the Vitamin B12, Lipo B injections, or our hCG program – as these are considered “natural” substances or Nutraceuticals.