Phentermine (phenyl-tertiary-butylamine) is a prescription-only diet pill that was developed during the 1950s. By 1959 the FDA had approved its use as an appetite suppressant for (short-term) treatment of the clinically obese, and by the 1970s the drug was available all over the United States. It was cheap, it had FDA approval, and—best of all— it produced dramatic weight loss results; so little wonder Phentermine became such a popular option with dieters.
Unfortunately Phentermine is chemically very similar to amphetamine, and can be just as addictive, so it isn’t surprising it is only available via a doctor. Anything that may prove addictive requires close monitoring, but Phentermine’s addictive nature is not the only reason the drug has such restrictions placed on its distribution. Phentermine usage has also been linked to numerous side effects.
Although phentermine is addictive, and potentially dangerous, its reputation for securing weight loss results is second to none, so doctors continue to prescribe the drug. It is, however, only ever prescribed to treat seriously obese patients, whose health/life is already jeopardized by their extra poundage. Phentermine prescriptions are limited to a maximum term of 12 weeks.
How Phentermine Works
Phentermine stimulates glands in the brain and triggers the release of a hormone called norephine, which in turn triggers as state of flight of fight. A natural part of the human makeup, flight or fight is a condition that would normally only occur when a potentially life-threatening situation is encountered. Whenever the body is placed in such a state the senses become more alert and adrenalin is released in anticipation of the coming fight, or flight necessary to try and ensure survival. In a life-threatening situation a hungry, growling stomach could prove to be a fatal distraction, so the body also releases chemicals that suppress the appetite and banish the desire for food.
Once the desire for food has been quelled by Phentermine the user consumes less food per day and their calorie intake is reduced. This in itself is beneficial because it prevents further weight gains, but the drastic calorie reductions initiated by Phentermine provide yet further benefits.
Effects on the Market
The fact that Phentermine is known to be so effective has made it a much sought dieting option and many people who are nowhere near obese enough to warrant a Phentermine prescription would still happily risk the potential side effects if a prescription-free option could be found. The demand for the drug is strong, but the supply is limited.
This has left a hole in the market that many supplement manufacturers have tried to fill by creating legal Phentermine substitute products, designed to provide the same powerful appetite suppression as Phentermine, but without the negative aspects or the need for a prescription. In many cases these substitutes fail to live up their manufacturer’s promises, or the customer’s expectations. The ones that come close to mimicking the abilities of Phentermine are few and far between.
Possible Phentermine Side Effects
The following is not by any means and exhaustive list, but side effects attributed to Phentermine include:
- Primary pulmonary hypertension
- Insomnia/sleep problems
- Chest pain
- Heart Palpitations
- The shakes
- Bowel disorders
- Stomach disorders
- Increased libido
- Decreased libido
Should You Use Phentermine
More than half a century after it first became available Phentermine remains one of the most powerful weight loss drugs on the planet. A better drug class alternative may be produced at some future date, but it’s a long time coming and it seems likely that things will continue to remain the same for many more years to come. There are however several alternatives that are available that do not contain chemical compounds that cause side effects or dependency – one such example can be found here
The present situation is not so bad though. Phentermine’s prescription-only status ensures the drug is only available to those people who will receive the most benefit and enables doctors to monitor for side effects and take any actions necessary (including cancelling the prescription). Phentermine is a drug, not a supplement, and like all drugs it should always be treated with respect. Many dieters may lose sight of this fact, but doctors will not; so it is fitting that they are the ones who control the distribution of this controlled, but very effective appetite suppressing drug.