Consumer Complaints & Reviews
I started taking prescribed phentermine for weight loss. I weighed 197 lbs and 6 weeks later I am at 173 and still losing weight. However, I had some issues, depression, panic attacks that would happen every few min without medication. I had a thyroid issue and ADD and a low libido. I had these things for years started in my 30's I am now 52. Phentermine has given me back my life. I have no real depression any more on this medication. I feel energized without feeling jittery. I can think clearer and it controls my ADD. I no longer get panic attacks. None.
I have done some research on this drug and society has been SO misinformed by the media. They confuse phentermine with the popular 80's diet crazy **. The first part of that diet phase was ** which is what caused the heart issues and the holes in the heart, not the phentermine itself. Furthermore at clinicaltrials.gov, they have done studies on this drug since 1954 and there is no evidence to suggest that it is addicting. None. Lastly, it is a mild ** like **. So you don't get the high like ** gives you. I think the first week I took it I had some heart acceleration and headaches but it disappeared. The only thing I don't like is that it causes constipation. I have high blood pressure and am on medication for it. However since I lost weight I take less thyroid and blood pressure meds now. So this drug may not be a "fits all" type drug, but for me it works. I still losing weight, feel great, have energy and libido and can think more clearly.
I don't know about everyone else but this ADD girl with her thyroid, lagging energy, foggy brain thinks this is a miracle and I hope that I can continue with this although maybe on a milder dose. Do your homework look on government sites, look at real medical sites like top medical school. Don't just go to blog type sites. There is real information and tests on this drug and it has been on the market since 1954. No one has died or overdosed strictly from taking this drug. And this IS an FDA approved drug for weight loss. Also, you can stay on this drug long term. You just need to monitor your blood pressure and heart rate. I do my heart rate daily on my phone (it has a sensor) and I have a portable machine for my blood pressure. I have been normal on all fronts.
With any medication you need to find out if it has adverse reactions with any other drugs you take. Only take this drug under a doctor's prescription and care. This is for people who need to lose 50 or more pounds. Basically obese and morbidly obese. Talk to your doctor or several until you get all the answers you need. Good luck in your weight loss.
I am 5'6", 39 and diagnosed with morbid obesity, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and lived a very inactive life prior to using **. My physician prescribed the medication in February 2016 and I've taken it on and off up until July 2016. I have transitioned off the medication and proud to say that I have changed my eating, drinking and physical exercise habits. My blood pressure is much better and my sleep apnea has not been an issue. I don't breathe as heavy or feel so short of breath or tired on short walks. My stamina has greatly increased, which is good since I have three toddlers and work full time. In addition, I work out almost every day and balance my meal portions. Typically, water is all that I drink and at times I will sneak in lemonade. Overall, I am satisfied with my results, but I know it's not a long-term solution and would not advise anyone to take it as long as I have.
I too suffer with depression and self-esteem issues and have learned to balance how I feel about my health, body and self-image. Yes, I have noticed some weight gain in the past when stopping, but that only encourages me to work harder at diet, exercise and ensure I'm taking my thyroid medication as well. Every little boost in metabolism, energy levels and a smart diet plan will lead to results. Patience, dedication, discipline and knowing this is not a magic weight loss pill are key to weight loss success. Overall, I would advise you to follow your gut on taking any medication that has as serious side effects as this in some case studies. Please do your research and discuss your options with your doctor before popping this or any pill.
I have read several negative reviews. Perhaps my body is completely different than others or my brain chemistry is. I took this pill years ago. I just began taking it again, the lowest dosage, because I felt beyond sluggish all day, every day. When I take this I feel "normal", not hyper, just not sluggish. I have no negative thoughts, etc while taking this. Again, maybe it's just me and the way my body metabolize medications. Hopefully I can find a Dr who can answer this for Me. If anyone has any suggestions as to why this pill would make me feel "normal" please feel free to share!!!
I have spent the past few days reading reviews on my phone and by no means am I trying to belittle anyone but in all the negative reviews in which people cannot sleep and are having psychotic episodes and depression and then gain all the weight back...none of these reviewers mention that they are eating a balanced diet with more vegetables and drinking more water than they have in their life. It's 2016 and the internet is imploding with health information and I have a hard time believing anyone overweight hasn't taken the time to educate themselves on what it takes to exchange bad habits that cause weight gain for good habits that promote health.
This pill is not a miracle pill, there is no such thing. If you take it and allow the chemical to take over and not feed your cells with nutritious healing foods, your cells absorb the chemical and you will experience these negative side effects. If you are new to this pill please create a mindset that this is your "personal trainer" who allows you an opportunity to start making better choices, learning how to "re-feed" yourself and hydrate yourself while providing the motivation (energy) to start a daily exercise program. This is the only way you are going to feel well on the medicine and learn new habits so you don't gain the weight back after you stop taking the medicine.
I was given the medicine for 30 days in 2014 and I was able to shed the weight I wanted while trying to get in shape for a beach trip. I was eating well and committed to my workouts and all was a success until I returned home and started eating pancakes and hash browns for dinner and to be expected, the weight returned. After a year of limiting my calories and binging because I had felt deprived and frustrated, my thyroid was out of whack so in addition to my doctor resetting my thyroid meds, I asked for another prescription to get me back on track as I am wholly committed to taking the time to prepare healing foods. I have a 30 day supply and this is it as I will not repeat the mistake I made in 2014. I worked too hard to get in shape only to get lazy and undo my results.
My second day on Phentermine, I had received some disappointing news, silly as it may be, that a lodging reservation had been canceled which had taken me a day to secure. I felt so devastated that I strangely did feel self-pity come over me - which is TOTALLY not me...I mean it put me feeling in the dumps! So I know, the moodiness is a real side effect but by being aware of the cause when it happens, your "personal trainer" can bring this to your attention so you can make a mental shift and learn to let go and replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts. I do find that even my affection towards my husband wanes as an emotional side effect, but because I am aware of this, I make an extra effort to be loving towards him even though it is not what I am feeling as a result of the medication. Do not give in to your emotions, feel the feeling and then let it go. It takes awareness and work, but it is necessary for you to live in balance.
I could go on forever but my point is...if you are reading all these reviews, I hope you learn something from it all and it helps you to be successful with your investment both in the pill and in your health. I do think it is a shame that Weight Loss Clinics are not REALLY setting people up for success while taking their money and if you feel that you are not fully informed, you have to take the responsibility to learn how to feed yourself and lose the bad habits. If you do not eat healthy meals balanced with vegetables, healthy fats and carbs, you are going to endanger your health and gain the weight back...and as we all know, this is a fact whether you are on a pill or not.
If you are new to learning about health, there are so many good resources on-line. A simple book I read many years ago transformed my life and taught me how to prepare delicious healing foods and as a result I felt FULL VITALITY for the first time since childhood (I contracted parasites in my youth that I have been battling for decades).
We can transform our health, don't use Phentermine as a crutch, allow it to help you make life long changes. This is your opportunity of a lifetime. Learn how to prepare healthy foods quickly and get on an exercise program that makes you feel alive again. Be aware of your unsettling feelings, and make a mental shift. Never stop hydrating yourself throughout the day. Don't continue to give-away your hard-earned money for visits to the clinic and monthly prescriptions, that money can go to your grocery bill as healthy eating is a financial investment that pays off in the long run. You will want that extra money to reward yourself with new outfits when you finally feel really good about yourself.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and it makes your metabolism extremely sluggish. I didn't eat a ton of food but could never lose weight. I was stuck. My endo prescribed this 15mg for me on 12-7-15. I have taken it faithfully since and have lost a very healthy 42 pounds which really helped with my recent hip replacement. I am off for the moment because of my surgery but will go back on and finish what I have plus the 1 refill I have left and then I will be off for awhile. I have found it to be a great help. I have not had any of the terrible emotions or side effects described in some of these reviews. I cut way down on carbs and almost totally eliminated sweets. I really love this medication. My husband saw my success and took the 37.5 prescribed by his MD. He was only allowed for 3 months. He has lost 36 pounds and he has kept up being active. This has been a great boost for each of us. I am so sorry for others problems.
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I wanted to address Deanna from Duluth's review. Deanna I know exactly what you went through. I have taken this pills off and on for quite some time. Unfortunately, the side effects get progressively worse. The mood swings, depression, rage, crying at every little thing and just not feeling myself at all got worse every time I went back on the pills after being off for a month or so. Not to mention the side effects I had when I stopped the pills. I dropped into a state of depression that I almost didn't come back from.
The last time I took the pills, I took them for one week and I had to stop because the side effects came back quickly and with a vengeance. I am now off the pills for two days and am struggling just to get out of bed in the morning. My depression is severe this time, but hopefully I will be able to ride it out. Needless to say, I will not take this drug again. I can explain the mental anguish it has caused me. I think anyone who is entertaining the use of this drug needs to definitely think twice. It is definitely not worth it as you may one of the ones that has these severe reactions.
I started April 27, 2016. My first month lost 22 with exercise, great eating, cardio into my routine then June only lost 8 lbs? And now I've gained 5 pounds back which is weird but it can happen, I guess, still on the pill. I do housekeeping where my waist trainer on me, drink plenty of water. Just crazy to think I've gained back 5 lbs? I started off 260 lbs!! Was 229 but now says 234.3. I'm 5"6 woman of course, lol. VERY young in my 20's. Can someone please help me out? Oh and I'm taking Phentermine 37.5.
I've been sitting here for an hour reading all these negative reviews, I just had to put my 2 cents in. Today is my 9th day taking the Phentermine 37.5. I have lost 4 lbs so far which is a healthy weight loss. Nutrition is a priority on this weight loss plan. If you're losing more than 15 pounds in a month you are starving yourself. Technically 15 pounds is really on the high side of weight loss in a month. This medication is intended to help you to relearn how to eat properly and nutritiously. You should never go under a thousand calories a day because your body will rebel. Of course you're going to get sick and become psychotic if you're starving yourself. I eat 5 times a day 3 hours apart and each meal is 200 - 230 calories.
Because I have no appetite (if it's real strong take half a pill) I choose nutritionally rich small high calorie foods. Example: 5 wheat crackers, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and a half of banana. That's around 220 calories. It gives you a carb, a protein, and a fruit or 5 wheat crackers, 2 ounces of ham, and a ounce of cheese. I was a binge eater, I would not eat until around 2 p.m. and then I would be up all night eating. After 2 p.m. it seemed like I was always hungry. I had an insatiable appetite! The first 3-4 days on the medication I had to force myself to eat but I knew better than not to eat. I was told not to drink any type of carbonated drinks. I was told not to eat any processed carbs. Never ever go under a thousand calories a day. I was told to workout 30 minutes only three times a week because of the low calorie intake. But once I reach my goal weight then I would be required to workout a lot more.
This is not a miracle pill this is just a pill to help you get started to relearn how to eat nutritiously for the rest of your life. If you're going to take strong medication like this you need to do the research that goes along with it. Tomorrow I'm going to try the cycle I read in one of the reviews. Take 1/2, next day 1, next day none. I'm doing the none tomorrow. Research what the good fats are, your body has to have fat to be healthy, research what healthy nutrition is, how to keep your blood sugar stabilized, what vitamins you may need to pair with your program. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I want to do is eat and that is a good thing because I've haven't been able to eat breakfast like this in years. I take the meds an hour after I eat. It's easy to tell myself I only have an hour and I can eat again.
I really can't say that much about the insomnia but it seems like I'm sleeping better because before I was waking up 2 to 5 times a night and eating. Water is a must! If you don't get enough water you will become dehydrated and it will lead to fatigue. If you don't get good fats it will lead to a lot of problems that will make you feel really bad. Don't take my word for it research it... Starving yourself will cause depression, hysteria, self manipulation, psychosis, hair loss, malnutrition, and suicidal tendencies... Google it. This is some very powerful medication... use common sense... be smart... stay safe!!! I'll be on the lookout for the light blue weak pills describe the other reviews.
My doctor prescribed the 37.5 mg Phentermine for me to help me get out of the extreme obese scale I was stuck at. I'm 5'4" and weighed 197 pounds. I started taking the pills on April 30, 2016. The first two weeks were absolutely incredible. I was able to focus on things like never before. I didn't need to-do lists at work, I was accomplishing tasks faster and everything was awesome! I was finally able to sleep because my mind wasn't racing all night like a racecar. I was so happy!
Now it's a little over a month later and I've destroyed everything I loved. I lost 30 pounds, yes but at what cost? I became a psycho-**. Anger, irritation at the tiniest things, not able to handle stress, emotions all over the map... I turned into a completely different person. I thought people were conspiring to hate me, that I couldn't do anything right, that I was just worthless, that I hated everything... Completely the opposite of my normal self.
I can look back now and see it. It's made me feel so ashamed and embarrassed. I lost control of my emotions, my actions... I would try to put my thoughts into words but what came out of my mouth was completely different. I tried to fix it and just made it all worse for the effort. I cried at the drop of a hat. Got angry at absolutely nothing. It's like I was trapped in someone else's body and couldn't get out. I can imagine that this is what roid-rage feels like. You just want to punch a wall because it's there.
Normally I'm as calm as they come. My tolerance levels are super high but on this medicine I had absolutely no tolerance for anything at all. I imploded at a convention that I'd been looking forward to for a whole year. I had lots of panels and events to attend - it was supposed to be a super fun filled weekend, made better because my boyfriend would be there too and I could see him when I wasn't running around to my panels. Yeah, that's not how it went at all.
The first day of the four-day event - friends couldn't make it, almost lost my hotel room, parking sucked, panels got canceled - I started into a downward spiral that wouldn't stop. It got so bad by boyfriend didn't even want to be around me - he told me the second day that I might want to stop the meds because I was being really irritable. I stopped the pills the next morning. I ended up leaving early because I couldn't stop myself from crying about EVERYTHING. I wasn't enjoying any of the events or panels. I was just content chilling out in a corner playing a video game and watching everyone walk by. I was afraid any interaction with people would result in me losing it completely. By this time the damage to my relationship was done - he was through with me for the weekend.
Sunday that week was day 2 off of the meds and an extreme depression hit me. I stayed in bed for three days with no desire to do anything but worry, cry and lament over possibly losing my boyfriend for the way I'd treated him. After the first week off of them, he finally talked to me but ended up dumping me and cutting me out of his life completely. Trigger deeper depression.
Now that it's been two weeks off the pills, I'm finally out from under the huge cloud of depression. I'm back to being myself (well about 95% myself) and I just have this huge hole of destruction where I ruined my happy life that I had before I started the pills. My mother even told me that she was afraid to ask me to take her to the grocery store so she took an Uber to Walmart so she wouldn't irritate me.
I can now see the gravity of what occurred and I feel like the worst person on the planet for what happened. I can't believe I didn't see and couldn't stop what was happening. I pushed away the person I wanted most in my life. I scared my own mother. Phentermine turned me into a completely hateful person. I may never be able to salvage what I destroyed and that hurts so much. So please, if you are considering this medicine - please, please have someone close to you monitor your well-being OFTEN. If they notice anything out of character, STOP THE PILLS IMMEDIATELY! You will be powerless to control your actions, emotions, thoughts... I feel like I sold my soul to lose 30 pounds.
I am writing this review because I have taken Phentermine before with great success and very little side effects and all I am seeing is bad reviews. Phentermine is meant to be taken under the supervision of your doctor and not long term. About 10 years ago I lost 20lbs but then couldn't lose anymore. My doctor recommended Phentermine. I took it for three months on, one month off, exercised, joined a running group, and ate healthy. I lost all the weight I needed to except for 5lbs and got off of the medicine. I kept the weight off for about 7 years but gained it back recently because my lifestyle changed. I'm back on it now and using it to help me get back to a healthy lifestyle. You cannot starve yourself with this medicine or not make serious changes in your diet and exercise habits and expect to keep the weight off.
I started taking adipex because I was tired of going to the gym and the weight not coming off fast enough, so I went to my Dr and asked him to help me lose weight! He gave me adipex and told me that the drug was gonna make me lose weight no matter what but he also wanted me to go to the gym 2x a week! And he also wanted me to change my lifestyle as well with the drug! I had read a lot of reviews and I kept seeing that as soon as you stop taking the drug you gain all your weight right back! But he told me I had to change my lifestyle or it would come right back! And when I say change your lifestyle I mean your eating habits and working out!
I may not go to the gym but I do get out and do a lot of walking and jogging! I love this drug. It has done wonders for me! When you stop taking the drug just eat a few times a day and Drink lots of water! I only drink water! And when you are hungry eat a apple sauce or something. You don't have to eat a whole meal just cause you think you are Hungry.
I previously took adipex for 3 months and lost over 60lbs, managed to keep the weight off for a couple years before a steroid reaction and long term injury led to depression and weight gain. My weight got up to 297 over the next couple years being at home and my doc suggested we try the adipex route again. Some tips for all. I cycle my dosage. 1st day 1/2 pill. 2nd day whole pill. 3rd day none. This helps you eat healthy even without the med in your system for one and prevents immunity for. Also DRINK A LOT OF WATER! And yes, you need to eat something on the days you take your med. I've also noticed the more active I am on pill days the easier it is to sleep... Currently down 20lb after a month. Will go back off when I reach my weight goal because this drug IS NOT A LONG TERM pill.
My doctor has just started me on this. I have chronic abdominal pain so I'm taking a medication to increase my dopamine levels. Side effect is that it causes you to gain weight and makes you want to eat everything. So my doc put me on Phentermine. I've been on it two days. It helps with eating. Down side is in having trouble sleeping with it.
I am 21. I have PCOS and I am overweight. I haven't had a menstrual cycle in a year! My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for a year now. So one of his friends was talking about Phentermine and how he lost so much weight on it. My doctor told me if I could just lose 25 pounds that my cycle would come back and I could have a better chance at getting pregnant naturally. So of course I went and got Phen and it has been TERRIBLE.
The first day wasn't too bad. I wasn't eating everything in the kitchen. So I was happy but I noticed when I laid down that night I was so mad. Mad at NOTHING! It was making me mad that I was mad. I am always a happy person. Literally. I can find something positive out of everything. Anyways, I started taking it every single day and eating healthier foods. I was losing a little bit of weight. Then, all of a sudden I felt worthless, stupid, hated, and very depressed. I convinced myself that my husband's family didn't like me and talked bad about me. I thought the same thing about my friends. I felt alone. I even convinced myself that my husband didn't love me as much as he did.
Finally I tried telling him how I felt and it was terrible. So terrible that it shocks me people take this medicine. It was 2am and here I am hysterically crying and trying to tell him how I feel but I could NOT get it out. I felt embarrassed feeling this way because I don't normal feel this way and I sounded psycho and pitiful. But he listened and reassured me that, that isn't how people feel about me and all of that jazz. Did I believe him? No, I was still severely depressed.
I felt ugly and like I needed to starve myself. I even considered going to counseling!!! Then I realize "maybe it's the medicine?" So I got on here and read everyone's reviews and they sound just like mine! Not only did it make me depressed and psycho but it made my arms numb and I had poor circulation in my hands. ALSO! A big, big thing that made me look up reviews is, I have not had a period in a year. A freaking year! And all of a sudden I started my period today with severe cramping (but I took two Midols and it helped for the most part). I was in shock and so happy I had started my period because I was hoping I will ovulate but I am now thinking it is because of the Phen. :(
I also hate going to sleep. I get tired but I hate sleeping. I dread it and I hate it even more when my husband goes to bed because I stay up alone. I love my husband but I have never really been too clingy (unless I'm really sick hehe) but now all I want him to do is give me attention and tell me I'm pretty 24/7 and to be obsessed with me. I am literally laughing at myself right now. This medicine is CRAZY. I feel for people with long-term depression or depression in general. If I had to live like this for a long time or my whole life I would be devastated. It is no joke. Today is my last day taking it. I'll be fat, happy and positive over skinny and depressed. Sorry this post is probably scatter brained and grammatically incorrect. I'm spastic tonight. I hope I return to normal quickly.
I took phentermine the past three days. I was not prescribed it for weight loss, but to help combat my symptoms of PMDD. The past three days I have had memory issues, dizziness, shortness of breath, awful headaches, off and on chest pain, along with more minor things like dry mouth and no appetite. I am very sensitive/allergic to most medications, which is why my Dr. is prescribing a diet pill to try to treat mental/hormonal illness. I am upset, because it was helping with those issues quickly. But I cannot continue this medication and risk developing serious health issues from it. I've lost 30 lbs. over the past five months by eating right and exercising. No one needs a diet pill to get great results. Especially not one like phentermine.
Before having my children (now almost 6 and 15 months), I never had to worry about exercise or watching what I ate. I gained 50 pounds with my first pregnancy. My doctor prescribed phentermine to me to "kick-start" my weight loss. It worked. I also at the same time counted calories on MyFitnessPal (which I still abide by completely). I worked out here and there, but really focused on the foods I was eating. I had no side effects at all, except for a time or two I felt dizzy after getting from laying down to standing too quickly. No mood changes or anything like I've read. I took it for one month, took a couple months off, and took another 30 days. I lost all the weight I gained with pregnancies with the aid of phentermine to kick-start it all.
To me, it really helped to log all foods (and bites) eaten. You become very aware of your habits, and the phentermine helped by decreasing my appetite to allow my stomach to shrink. I only gained a couple pounds back while not on the regimen. This is not a drug for the long term in my opinion. I believe some people expect the drug to do all the work, you have to be willing to work with the medication as well for optimal long term results.
When I first started taking Phentermine, I was sooo happy, I felt GREAT!!! Had so much energy, no desire to eat unwanted food. Could focus on healthy eating. I lost 10 lbs the first week. I was elated with my success. I remained on the drug, and after 3 months I was down 30lbs!!! I had all the energy I needed to exercise A LOT!!! I remained on the drug, although after I lost the 30 lbs, that was it, no matter what I did I could not lose anymore weight. I was up to taking 2 37.5mg pills per day. Sleeping was nonexistent really, few nights a week I would crash and sleep all night, most night my mind went rancid. However I remained on the pill and kept paying for it. After taking it for a year and not losing but MAINTAINING my new weight, I was afraid to stop taking it, UNTIL not only would I rage out here and there as I did many times on it, but I literally became psychotic.
I felt worthless and started questioning my reason for being. I could not overcome the thought that my family and children would be all better off without me. My husband literally feared for my life, and that I would eventually take my own life. THIS IS NOT ME!!! So I had to question, why am I behaving this way -- the only medication I was on was the Phen, and so I stopped, been off of it since Oct 2015 -- No outbreaks or breakdowns since, I'm ME again. A heavier ME but a happier me. I gained all 30 lbs right back. Oct I was 155, today Feb 2016 I am 185. Since I stopped my metabolism has come to a complete halt causing the weight gain. It's a shame because it does work, but at what cost, and is it really worth it??? Please be careful with this drug, just remember if it SOUNDS too good to be true it usually is!!!
I took Phentermine off and on for about a yr. I have lost approx. 90 lbs. I've read the other comments people have left and I didn't experience any of the side effects. I guess the only thing was a little more energy. But I stuck to a very strict diet and exercise program. All I can say is I had a good experience. Try it. Make your own decision. But make sure you eat right while taking them.
I started Phentermine 37.5mg daily. Experienced insomnia and episodes of rage. I did notice a lower appetite but still didn't lose any weight. For several days after stopping the medication I slept and cried until it finally wore off. I don't recommend this medication at all, especially if you may have a propensity toward anxiety or depression.
I've been taking Adipex on a fairly steady basis for going on a year now --- and I love it. I love everything about this medication and I'm not a gung-ho advocate of medications in general. I weighed about 230 to start, and I'm now at 170, heading toward a goal of 150. Very doable, yes? I've gone from wearing a 3x shirt and a 44 (men's khaki for work) slacks to now a loose 36. I work at a gym, so exercise is mostly responsible for the changes to be sure, but the calorie reduction, the willpower and the energy -- that is Adipex or as I call it Magicpex. If I had my way, I'd take 1/2 a pill every day for the rest of my life. I feel overall more optimistic, more in control of my choices on and off the plate, more empowered and more, just more. Mmm, did I say I love this medication?
Now - side effects? Going too far on calorie restriction. I'm a medical assistant and I work in the health/fitness field so I know better than to starve my body. On Adipex however as one reviewer wrote, there are days when "You can't beg me to eat." Just total lack of appetite. I have at times HAD to make myself eat, and eat something brain beneficial. Why? Lack of Nutrients can lead to myriad side effects - everything from constipation and irritability to depression and all that encompasses. That is NOT the fault of the medication, you know? YOU have to choose to eat and choose foods that are good for your brain. YOU have to research what those foods are, and eat them like it's your job. Oh, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Read up on dehydration effects on the brain, folks. Again, it's the consumer/patient's duty to educate themselves, whether it's this medication or one for blood pressure or anything else.
It's also your job as someone who supposedly began this medication to free yourself from obesity, to educate yourself on food and nutrition. Knowledge is power. I read hear someone wrote that Adipex is an SSRI. It is not. Clarify, it is not an SSRI. Adipex is a CNS stimulant. This is important to know, and equally important to know about is the Parasympathetic Nervous System. Why? Balance is key. If your Central Nervous System is (hyper) stimulated, you'd better get on some more learning and read up on your PNS and how to activate it. Meditation is an all around way to find some means of "coming down". Is it easy to meditate while you're jacked on Adipex? No, but it's possible if you practice. You can also investigate yoga, breath techniques, essential oils and herbs that will activate your PNS. Again, it comes back to education.
Tooth decay/cavities? Duh... dry mouth, dehydration. Again, not the fault of the medication. Pick up a water bottle and drink like Brad Pitt is at the bottom just waiting for you to taste him. Hmm, maybe that's a personal motivator, sorry. More recently, I have been noticing a great deal of WTF-ery like forgetting everything, material things as in one minute it's in my hand and the next it's where??? Left a bag of my work clothes on the damn bus a few days ago, debit card in the ATM, etc. -- All correctable things but it's making me impatient with myself which is never a good thing. That may have everything to do with stress in my life and the fact that I live in Northeast Ohio where the Season of Darkness and Cold has come 'round again. That's another thing, especially for ladies and Adipex.
Get your Vitamin D levels checked. I am chronically low to the point where I take Rx Vitamin D. Low vitamin D = Google those side effects and see how many of them compare to the OMG people are saying here against Adipex. Ladies of menstruating age, get the iron levels checked too for the same reasons. Overall as I said, I love my Adipex. There are side effects, yes. Guess what, being a sedentary, morbidly obese, type 2 diabetic has some pretty serious side effects too or so I've been told. Triglycerides over 500 are pretty serious too, and mine thanks to reduced calorie intake, exercise and another medication that I initially didn't trust, are normal for the first time in a decade. It's hard to argue with better health and better fitting clothing.
I'm not arguing that Adipex or any medication is 100% safe or that "everyone" should use it - of course not. That's a decision between you and medical professionals. What I am stating is the obvious: Drugs have side effects and people should educate themselves on anything that goes into their mouths, right? Educating yourself before, during and after and deciding if you want to continue, whether it's worth it is up to you, but I'd argue that if you do educate yourself and behave accordingly, Adipex can be a fat girl's best friend.
I started taking Phentermine about two weeks ago. One pill a day. I had lots of energy and felt a little 'hyper'. Some days I would purposely not take it if I was going to have to sit somewhere for a time (movie or concert) since I didn't want to be too restless. I noticed dry mouth, bad breath, heart palpitations, swollen hands (and face!). I also was experiencing deep depression and anxiety. I was angrier than usual as well, and had the general feeling that I was a bad person. I didn't attribute any of this to the medication at first.
I chalked up the emotional part to the holidays, stress, menopause, mid-life crisis? (I'm 50). One day I exploded in the car at my mother. Ranting and screaming and crying hysterically to the point where she made me pull off the road. Then later at a party I was bouncing off the walls, rapidly breathing and frantically telling my friends "I'm a little high-strung, can you tell!!!" The next day I flew off the handle at my husband for something minor and ran crying to the bathroom saying, "No one cares about me. No one likes me. What's the point?"
I realized that something was going on. This is not me. I was totally out of control. Then I put two and two together and realized that I had recently started this medication. I immediately stopped taking it and have talked with and apologized to my mother and husband. I feel SO much better already. I feel like myself again, not some drugged-up psycho. This drug is so scary! Please don't take it. I am so angry at my doctor for prescribing this to me.
First of all I'm 5'7" and 198 lbs. - not terribly overweight. Also, he never told me these devastating side-effects. I would NEVER have taken this if I knew it would literally change my personality! I am writing this to implore anyone taking this or thinking about it to NOT!!! It's truly not worth the mental anguish. Not to mention the physical effects. Learn to accept yourself and love yourself enough to be gentle with you and just do your best to make healthier choices. You can do this.
I previously took Phentermine for a little less than 6 months at the age of 19. The downsides: I remember experiencing the tingling on top of my head, my insomnia was terrible, and I was most definitely having constipation issues. The plus side: lost a ton of weight, felt amazing, and I was able to get through 12+ hours a day at the salon.
Fast forward to present day: I am now 27. When I began taking Phentermine this round, I was only a couple pounds short of 200 lbs on October 24th, 2015. In the past 5 weeks, I have dropped 25 lbs. But it is not JUST because of the pill. I am making healthier food decisions (limiting carbs, as few processed foods as possible, zero soda), drinking a minimum of a gallon of water a day, working out a minimum of 4 hours a week (plus active "rest days"), sneaking in exercise wherever I can by parking at the very back of the parking lot, learning the difference between appetite and legitimate hunger, and watching WHEN I eat.
Phentermine is meant to be a weight loss AID, not a miracle cure. If you're expecting this pill to cure you of all your woes, you are sadly mistaken. In order to be completely successful, most people need to do some serious reflection as to why their weight got out of control in the first place! Reasons such as emotional eating, binge eating, terrible portion control, and poor food choices.
I just started a few weeks ago. It's not that bad to me. I had to alter the diet they gave me because I'm a service member and need the carbs for even I work out or train. Yes you do get dry mouth. But they tell you to drink tons of water... Which you are supposed to be doing anyway... It will make your breath smell... GUM!!! TOO EASY... Now this depression crap I keep hearing... Not feeling it. The headaches, yes... Tylenol and healthy foods stop that... The headaches are bad when you refuse to eat food. Even though you don't want to eat you have to eat something... One apple and some water. A cookie and water. Something. And your body burns 700 cals alone just living. You have to take in 1000-1500 just to be good. Everyone complaining are probably people who weren't eating, drinking exercising properly. Your body starts to eat itself after you "starve" it.
I've been on Phentermine 2x now. Lost a bunch of weight (30lbs) the 1st time, and gained it back, then some. 2nd time, didn't lose a thing, but gained 10 more lbs within the 2 months after. Read the warnings and side effects, they're real. This is a drug that does work, and you'll experience great effects with weight loss and increased energy, but it's not something that could be maintained; I have yet to hear more stories about the great effects of Phentermine, and how people have kept the weight off even after going off the drug, than all the negative feedback and experiences on here. A healthy diet & exercise is the best medicine; being comfortable in your own skin, while staying active and healthy is key. Allowing a drug like this to take away your ability to do that is just not worth it for the short-lived period of weight loss. And the long-term effects of this drug could be even greater a problem than you anticipate.
I have always been insecure with my body and wanted to lose weight. Before taking this drug I was so obsessed with losing weight that I did not realize the price that would be paid for being skinny and that I would be sacrificing my mental health. All it took was one month on Phentermine for this to cause me to have severe depression/sadness, anxiety, numbness and swelling in my hands, dry mouth, constipation, insomnia, suicidal thoughts and a suicide attempt. Yes, I lost about 13 pounds in one moth, but it was NOT worth it. Lose weight the healthy way please do not take this drug.
DO NOT TAKE THIS LONG TERM! I have taken it off and on for years but much more off than on. However for the past 3 years I got addicted to it at age 55. My personality has changed for the worse. I have suicidal thoughts and my grandson to me I look old now, but he still loves me. Also hair loss, intense insane anxiety, lost family and friends too. Please do not even start this. Oh and an autoimmune disease on top of it. I am lost.
I first encountered phentermine 4 years ago when a coworker had gone on vacation for two weeks and came back about 30 pounds lighter. His weight loss was so apparent I asked if he had gotten the gastro surgery. HE said he hadn't but instead had gone to a weight loss center in Schaumburg (a suburb about 40 min to an hour outside of Chicago. He was prescribed 60mg of phentermine! I don't know if he was actually prescribed that much of it that was just what he was giving himself. At the time I had no first hand knowledge of the drug so I didn't know or ask. All I knew was that I had let stress from losing my home and being underemployed, had blown me up from 165 pounds to a whopping 210 within two years time.
My friend had very clearly lost 30 pounds in the course of three weeks and I wanted in! I took the contact information but it would be some time before I actually went because financially I couldn't go any sooner. I finally landed a job that paid a little more money so 2 years later in September of 2014 I made the trek. My first visit I was given a B12 injection and prescribed a 30 milligram dosage. I took them and lost about 10 pounds in that month. Not the results my friend had seen but I was happy about it nonetheless. Let me give you a little background info on myself. I'm a 46 year black female, mother of two. Up until my mother died in 2006 my weight teetered between 150 and 170 lbs, 5'4 with a medium frame.
I won't say I was depressed but I was grieving and food always made me happy. I didn't gain much weight at first but I'd felt I did when I got up to 175. I started going on fad/crash diets, exercising and stopping then whenever I wasn't dieting. I was basically eating whatever and whenever I wanted. Everyone knows going off fad diets is THE worst because the weight comes back twice as fast and twice as much. So back to the pills of 2014 after taking them that first month. There were a myriad of reasons I couldn't go back for more mostly financial and travel issues. Yes I was still underemployed, now suffering from severe insomnia, and stress stemming from the hatred of my job and the fact that I was struggling to make ends meet everyday. I was again feeling sad and lonely because now the weight had piled back on again.
So in September of this year I just decided I'd sacrifice it again. I was tired of looking like porky pig I was prescribed again the 30 milligram dosage and also given a B12 injection. This time I was 202 pounds because prior to this had been sporadically going to the gym and taking occasional walks on the lake. Chicago's lakefront is BEAUTIFUL in the summer. But I digress. Anyway that script finished about two to three weeks ago and I noticed that again I'd lost 10 pounds. I didn't want to go through the hassle of trying to get all the way back out to Schaumburg so I asked my primary care doctor if he could prescribe the pills for me in a higher dosage so I could see greater and faster results. Very reluctantly he did prescribe the phentermine in the 37.5 mg dosage which by the way was a whopping $40 cheaper getting them from the pharmacy then getting them from the weight loss clinic.
I have to digress for a moment again because prior to me asking for the prescription I had gone to the doctor because I was experiencing severe insomnia. My doctor at that time prescribed a low dosage of ** which I found out was a antipsychotic drugs but he said he prescribed them because they had minimal side effects and were the least habit forming and he just wanted me to get some sleep. By this time I had been suffering with insomnia for about 6 months and it was extremely severe to the point where I was barely getting two hours of sleep per night. Sometimes I didn't sleep at all at night now as far as side effects are concerned. They were very minimal each time. Slight headache. Slight dizziness. And some anxiety though I think that stemmed from me hearing about the horror stories of the ** combo.
Anyway fast forward back to 3 days ago when I picked up my new prescription of phentermine 37.5 milligrams. The effects are a little new. Lower jaw pain. Strange odor. I'm not sure if this is in any way an effect of the medication and I sure hope that it is not because I do have a severe gum disease and several cavities that need to be refilled. I recently had a bone graft done to my upper left jaw and I really don't want to lose any more teeth as I have already lost five due to poor root canals being performed and of course the gum disease. On the positive side, however my blood pressure has remained normal throughout. It did raise a little bit. Normally I am 112 / 68 but recently it was up to 118 over 72 so that concerns me a bit but my doctor listened my heart. He gave me all of my blood work.
Everything came back normal. All of my iron levels, my vitamin D levels, my oxygen levels, my HDL and LDL are all in perfect standing. I believe that my sleep disorder is probably undiagnosed restless leg syndrome and I say this because if I wrap a cold runners pack around my leg at night I found that I am able to actually get some sleep. In fact outside of the insomnia that I just mentioned a little while ago I actually feel very sleepy right now its 12:15 p.m. here in Chicago and I'm ready to take a shower and crash. Last night I slept very well I woke early because my body is just used to getting up to go to work but other than that I haven't really felt anything out of the ordinary. Oh! I will say; I did feel a little bit of squeezing in my chest area but again I feel like this might be just a little bit of lingering anxiety from the fear that this may be like the Fen-phen combination drug.
I've talked to much for the evening I think but I'll come back any updates on weight loss or interactions. I'm currently taking ** occasionally, ** new script, **. Its a cautionary simply because I always overly concerned about body odor and infections even though I haven't been sexually active in over three years. But again enough for now.
I was afraid to use this medication. And in the beginning, I used it very sporadically because I didn't feel it was working properly. Then, over time and with the help of my doctor, I figured out how to use this tool. Phentermine is not a cure all. It should be considered only one part of your arsenal. I used it for the times when I have least control. In other words, in the evening. I practice restraint all day, and take it after work just before I hit the gym. By the time I leave the gym, it's working and I don't go nuts when I get home. So far I've lost 17 pounds.
I took phentermine for about 2 months then ran out. I am not overweight to the point where a Dr would prescribe it to me but someone did let me try theirs and I lost 12 lbs (started at 142 and now 130). I was given some and it made me love working out and even cardio. I am training for my first show and for me I hate taking pre workout and any caffeine pills. They just make me feel sick, irritated and jumped up. With phentermine I feel like it's connecting in my brain. Makes me feel ON and focused and like I could tackle the world. I'm organized and in the zone for the whole day. I sleep fine and don't wake up tired or sluggish. I have to admit... I truly am addicted to how I feel. I stopped taking it for abut a month and it made such a difference in my workouts and bingeing at night. I have not had any negative side effects as of yet so that's why I put 4 stars.
Never lost a pound though now I'm on Bp meds. It was the pharmacist that advised me of the toxic combination. As I was perfectly healthy before my stint with Phentermine. Now my life has changed and must take Bp meds! The drug is deadly. Don't use it!