Phentermine is a stimulant that acts as a suppressant for appetite. It suppresses appetite by its effect on the central nervous system. Thus, it is used together with dietary regulations and exercise to treat obesity in people with high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, etc.
It is advisable to take phentermine strictly following your doctor’s advice. Taking larger or smaller doses than recommended is harmful. It is also important to note that phentermine should be taken not later than 6:00 pm to avoid sleep problems. Moreover, the drug is to be taken just for a few weeks. Unpleasant withdrawal symptoms follow those who stop taking it suddenly.
If you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember or realize you missed. In case you remember or realize you missed the dose just almost time for the next dose, please skip the missed one. If you overdose, seek emergency medical attention. Phentermine overdose can be fatal.
Phentermine intake can cause certain usual side effects whereas some other effects may be abnormal and may need urgent medical attention. Moreover, some side effects can be aggravated by such things as alcohol intake. Some effects such as hives, chest tightness, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, etc. are as a result of allergic reactions can be promptly attended to by a medic.
Other side effects that may need urgent medical attention but are not caused by allergic reactions include shortness of breath, chest pain, ankles and feet swelling, pounding heartbeats, irritability, etc. When such signs present themselves, see your doctor immediately. However, some other side effects can be considered normal and should not cause anxiety. Such effects include restlessness, headache, dizziness, insomnia, tremors, stomach problems, etc.
Various exceptions exist about who should or should not take phentermine. Expectant women are not to take this drug. Other categories include those with a history of heart diseases, hypertension, glaucoma, breastfeeding, substance abuse, etc. Reveal to your physician if you have any of the above conditions so as to ensure your phentermine is safe for you.
Interaction with other drugs
The side effects caused by phentermine can be aggravated if the drug is taken with other stimulant drugs. Consult your doctor before taking phentermine with other stimulants. Ask your doctor about the interaction between phentermine and any other drug before taking them at the same time. Otherwise, you may aggravate conditions you are trying to mitigate.
It is important to have knowledge about drugs before using them. Such knowledge ensures your safety and that of those around you. What is in this article is not exhaustive about phentermine, therefore, engage your pharmacist for more information about the drug. As a general rule, keep this drug (like any other drug) away from children.