June 21, 2011
Even though it’s the most widely prescribed weight loss drug on the market, phentermine isn’t for everyone. Millions of people have been able to lose dramatic amounts of weight through the help of the drug, but just as many had to find alternate routes because they weren’t suitable to safely take the drug. Some of the reasons why you might be an inappropriate candidate for phentermine are due to previous medical conditions, others are due to present prescriptions, while others are simply due to complications that are more likely to arise in some than in others.
Phentermine is NOT for Long Term Sustained Weight Loss
One thing that’s important to remember when it comes to phentermine is the fact the drug’s intended primarily for short term use. Unless you take precautions or take the drug with others that prolong the effects (such as Prozac), phentermine’s weight loss effects are going to diminish and slow over time. In general phentermine is intended to be used for only a few weeks and NOT as a long term weight loss solution.
In many ways phentermine exists to help along your weight loss efforts by speeding them up in short bursts, and to help normalize other problematic health indicators besides weight (such as blood pressure).
Phentermine IS for the Morbidly Obese
Due to the power of the drug, phentermine is generally best served for the significantly overweight. This means that the drug is generally prescribed for individuals who have a BMI of at least 30. In some cases phentermine is appropriate for individuals with a BMI of only 27 or more, provided those individuals have tested positive for other health risk factors, including diabetes.
While it is prescribed for a variety of people at different weight levels, as a whole phentermine is intended for those who need the most help.
Phentermine is NOT a Stand Alone Weight Loss Method
More often than not doctors will only prescribe phentermine to patients who have already begun to undertake other activities to improve their health and lower their weight. That’s because phentermine is intended to supplement and improve weight loss activities such as healthy dietary changes and exercise.
Often doctors will prescribe phentermine specifically when a patient has begun to undertake these healthy diet and lifestyle and have either run into a plateau in their weight loss, or have been unable to lose their weight despite the changes that they’ve made to their life.
Phentermine Can Aggrivate Pre-Existing Conditions
There are plenty of people who are inappropriate for phentermine because the drug’s side effects match risk factors and pre-existing conditions within those patients. Phentermine has been known to produce adverse effects when used by patients who already suffer from glaucoma, heart disease, problems with their thyroid, mental instability, and histories of drug abuse (as phentermine is potentially habit forming). Phentermine is also inappropriate for pregnant women and nursing mothers due to birth complications and defects.
Finally there are a number of drugs that combine negatively with phentermine, most notably fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine.
Thankfully there are a number of phentermine alternatives on the market that provide all of the weight loss benefits of phentermine along with additional benefits and none of the side effects. More often than not if you can’t directly take phentermine there will be some alternative appropriate for you and your situation.
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