Part 12 in my series of posts about products which can contribute to nutrient deficiencies –
Weight Control (“Diet”) Pills – Phentermine
Until recently the consensus in the scientific community was that prescription weight control medications, also called “anorexiants”, had little or no effect on long-term weight management. In addition, some of these medications, such as phentermine and fenfluramine, have negative side effects, including insomnia, nervousness, and irritability in the case of phentermine, and sedation and depression with fenfluramine. Dizziness, increased blood pressure, diarrhea, and irregular heartbeat also have been reported.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking phentermine: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;chest pain, feeling like you might pass out;swelling in your ankles or feet;pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;confusion or irritability, unusual thoughts or behavior;feelings of extreme happiness or sadness; ordangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Less serious side effects of phentermine may include:feeling restless or hyperactive;headache, dizziness, tremors;sleep problems (insomnia);dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth;diarrhea or constipation, upset stomach; orincreased or decreased interest in sex, impotence.This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.