Phentermine is a prescription medication for weight loss. It works to suppress the appetite and can possibly increase the metabolism. Phentermine has been approved only for short term use and can be found as capsules and tablets. Possible secondary effects include restlessness, insomnia and dizziness. This is a controlled substance and can potentially be abused.
Brand Name: Phentermine HCl | Generic Name: Phentermine HCl | Drug Category: Weight Loss medications
Phentermine - an overview
Phentermine is a medication for weight loss that is available by prescription only. It should only be taken short term.
Products with Phentermine
There is a difference between the Phentermine products that are out there. This medicine has been sold as many different brand names that includes: Fastin, Ona-Mast, Ionamin. These products can no longer be found on the market. One of the brand name products that are still available is Adipex - P. Generic forms of Phentermine capsules in 30 mg are either blue with little beads (these are the generic form of Fastin) and yellow with powder in them (these are generic for other kinds of Phentermine medications). At this time there is no lonamin generic product that was a long lasting type of Phentermine.
Phentermine is currently made by many companies that make generic medicines.
How it works
Phentermine works to suppress you appetite and increase you metabolism. It is chemically similar to amphetamines.
There have only been short studies done to determine how effective Phentermine medications are. These studies have shown that those taking these medicines were able to lose more weight than thos that didn't take it. It's important to not that the extra loss was not significant. Studies have also found that the benefit of these medicines when it comes to weight loss actually diminished after a few weeks.
Common Secondary Effects
There have been many clinical trials to study this medication.
These studies were done to determine the secondary effects that were displayed in the group of participants that took the medication are compared with those that did not take the medication. This is the best way to determine what secondary effects are present and how they compare with the people that did not take the medication.
Newer medications have more information regarding the percentages of these secondary effects of them. Older medications like Phentermine do not have these available statistics.
Studies have found that the secondary effects of Phentermine include:
- Feelings of euphoria
- Unpleasant feelings called dysphoria
- Dry mouth