The weight loss pill
known as "Phentermine 37.5" has been gaining popularity among dieters
over the past few years. The "37.5" refers to 37.5 milligrams, the
dosage size of the strongest and most commonly taken Phentermine pill,
though many dieters are put on a regimen involving just half of the 37.5
mg pill at a time. Phentermine is short for "Phentermine hydrochloride,"
the active ingredient in the medication.
Phentermine 37.5 is a prescription weight loss drug, and it's very important for those on it to take it exactly as recommended by their doctor. The pill is said to suppress appetite, especially in regards to in-between meal snacks, when people are most likely to break their diet, splurge and have something fattening or sugary.
The drug is often prescribed only for a few weeks at a time at the beginning of a diet to help patients curb initial cravings. It provides stimulation to the central nervous system to give users the illusion of fullness in their stomachs. In doing so, it can also raise the patient's blood pressure and heart rate—one of its more serious side-effects. Other adverse symptoms experienced by users include dry mouth, depression, insomnia, tiredness, constipation, diarrhea, sudden mood swings and chronic irritability.
Phentermine should not be taken with alcohol. Since its chemical structure resembles that of amphetamine, there is a risk that users will develop a dependence to the drug. It may even impair one's ability to drive a car. People who already have high blood pressure or diabetes should not use Phentermine 37.5.
Despite the drug's drawbacks, it is still one of the most widely prescribed new weight loss drugs of the past several years. And of course, there are many health benefits associated with weight loss, and if the drug does finally help users take off and keep off those extra pounds, the positive effects on one's health may possibly outweigh the initial risks.
Not all who take the drug experience its hunger-curbing effects. Others feel less hungry for a short while and then feel as if the drug's effectiveness wears off. More still say it works as long as they are on it, but once the prescription runs out, they gain back everything they've lost.
Like many prescription drugs, each person's body may react differently to it. And like many other weight loss aids, it works best in conjunction with a sensible diet and a daily exercise plan. It seems to be like so many other weight loss tools we've seen in the past: there's a chance it will work for you, but don't expect a miracle without putting forth some personal effort.