The trade name Phentermine is a short-form of its chemical name phenyl-tertiary-butylamine. It is related to amphetamine, and is considered a psychostimulant, belonging to the class of drugs known as phenethylamines. Its medical use is in weight loss treatment/medications as a means to decrease appetite.
Phentermine is an FDA (the US Food and Drug Administration) approved appetite suppressant used in the form of diet pills to aid weight loss in overweight (typically obese) people. Phentermine diet pills, when utilised over a short period of time, and when used in conjunction with diet, exercise and general changes in behaviour, can have a significant weight loss effect (as compared to the results observed by those who don’t use weight loss drugs or diet pills). The drug is usually prescribed for people who have an increased risk (medically speaking) because of their body weight. The medication works by aiding the release of chemicals in the brain which work to decrease appetite.
On the whole, phentermine seems to be a drug that the human body tolerates comparatively well. On occasion one can see side effects such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, but this is less common, and less severe, than with the medication’s cousin-chemical, amphetamines. Other possible side effects include palpitations, insomnia, restlessness, and the potential for habit-forming (psychologically, not chemically). After the recommended short usage period, the effectiveness of the drug wears off, and rebound weight gain can occur if the user is not careful.
Among the more common (though not necessarily actually common) phentermine side effects are dizziness, overstimulation, dysphoria or euphoria, headaches, tremors, mouth dryness, constipation, diarrhea, and changes in sex drive. Even less common (but recorded) side effects include fever, convulsions, hallucinations, hostility, and lightheadedness.
History of Phentermine
Phentermine first received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medication to decrease appetite in 1959. In the early part of the 1970s Phentermine hydrochloride first became available. Two common brands of the drug are Ionamin, which is sold by Medeva Pharmaceuticals, and Adipex-P (also known as Adipex), which is sold by Gate Pharmaceuticals. Along with other brands, the drug is also available in generic form.
Since phentermine got approval in 1959 there have been very few studies performed on it. Most recently, a study in 1990 combined phentermine with dexfenfluramine or fenfluramine, and the product was known as Fen-Phen.
Fen-Phen was eventually taken off the market in 1997 after cases of heart valve disease turned up in Fen-Phen using patients. The culprits, dexfenfluramine and fenfluramine, were also taken off the market by their manufacturers when they were asked to do so by the FDA. Studies later showed that almost thirty percent of users taking those two drugs had abnormal valve findings. The FDA laid no blame, however, at the door of phentermine, and did not ask its manufacturers to remove it from the market.
Phentermine is still commonly available on its own across the world, including in the United States. Since it has similarities to amphetamines, however, it is considered a controlled substance in many places.
Some other drug names phentermine is sold under include Oby-Trim, Fastin, Obenix, and Duromine. Looking to find more phentermine information, including where to buy phentermine near you or where to buy phentermine online?