Phentermine® Treatment Information

The following is for information purposes only. This is not meant to replace counsel from your doctor or pharmacist.

General Information about Phentermine

Phentermine is a weight loss drug that is usually prescribed for a limited period of time to help start a weight loss program that is guided by a doctor or physician. It has the basic effects of suppressing the appetite, which puts it in the category of drugs known as anorectics. It is a controlled substance that is only used for adults that have a large amount of weight to lose. Medications such as Phentermine are not appropriate in the use of losing a few vanity pounds and usage for these reasons can be extremely dangerous. If your doctor feels that it is an appropriate option for your weight loss goals and program, he or she will prescribe it. In general, people who get a prescription for Phentermine are not on the drug for more than a month or so, and senior or elderly patients are almost never given the drug. In general, it is prescribed to be taken before meals to help reduce the amount of calories that the patient takes in. It is also most commonly prescribed alongside of a diet and exercise program to be followed by the patient. Phentermine can be a somewhat expensive medication, and some insurance coverage will not cover the drug because of its generally prescribed usage. For these cases, there are discount cards that can be used to lower the overall burden of cost on the patient.

Phentermine Dosage Forms

It comes in the form of both capsules and extended release tablets. There is some slight price difference between the two, and depending on the therapeutic needs of the patient, the doctor may prescribe one or the other. There are certain ways to lower the cost of Phentermine, such as insurance or discount cards, though there are some insurance plans that will not cover it because of the nature of its use. Discount cards make a good option for those that fall in to this category, or for those who do not carry prescription drug coverage as a part of their health insurance. If you are taking the extended release tablets, do not crush them or mix them with food, as this is generally recommended against, though there are some types of tablets that can be crushed or chewed.

Special Concerns about Phentermine

Make sure that before taking Phentermine, you inform your doctor of all prescription and over the counter medications that you are currently taking, this can make a difference to both your therapy and determine whether or not your doctor will find it in your best interest to undergo this sort of treatment. A further recommendation is to inform your doctor of any dietary supplements in which you partake. This helps identify early on if there are any negative drug interactions that can take place. If you are taking Luvox (fluvoxamine), insulin medications for diabetes, Prozac (Fluoxetine) or any other depression treating medications such as Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, or if you have ceased any of these medications within the past month, be sure to inform your doctor, as this may require your doctor to more closely watch your reaction to Phentermine or related drugs or adjust your dosages of your current medications. Also inform your doctor if you have ever suffered from heart disease, narrowing of the arteries, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, or a history of drug abuse.