Individuals who are overweight and trying to shed pounds may be given a phentermine prescription. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant that comes in both tablets and extended-release capsules. A phentermine prescription can be filled from your local pharmacy, mail-order pharmacy, and a few online pharmacies. Phentermine is available by prescription only and it is DEA regulated. You should only obtain a phentermine prescription from a doctor who will provide you with a diet and exercise plan to use in conjunction with the phentermine prescription.
Phentermine comes in 3 different dosages and your doctor will work with you to find the best dosage for your situation. The drug is meant to control appetite while still allowing you to have the energy to exercise. Your doctor will want to perform periodic laboratory tests while you are taking phentermine in order to monitor your body’s reaction to the medication.
Phentermine should not be taken by children or young people or by women who are breast-feeding. Certain medical conditions may make the drug unsafe to take so be sure to discuss your complete health history with your doctor and also inform him or her of both over the counter and prescription medications you are taking. Also be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist about potential drug interactions that can occur as some over the counter cold medications contain a decongestant that should not be taken with phentermine.
In many cases, diet and exercise alone can result in weight loss, but for those who have difficulty controlling their appetite or who can not use willpower alone, a phentermine prescription may help. The most common side effects reported with the medication are dry mouth, upset stomach, change in bowel movements, and restlessness. Anyone taking phentermine should tell their doctor if these side effects are persistent.
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