Phentermine is an appetite suppressant, belonging to the class amphetamine acting directly on the central nervous system. But they came with a lot of issues on the market. The following are some of the myths that have been spreading around for a long time.
Long term use of Phentermine may cause addiction
There was a common myth that, long term use of phentermine for treating obesity would lead to addiction. Though there was no scientific background for this claim, the news spread like a wild fire. Most people found this myth a problem for using this drug and because of this myth, some even faced an issue with the drug, mainly due to the placebo effect. Phentermine is a schedule IV physio stimulant, but unlike benzodiazepine, they didn’t have any scope for abuse while on therapeutic use.
The scientific background for the clear status of this drug came on 2014 in a study conducted by Dr. Hendricks Et al. The scope of his study was to show, whether there is any withdrawal complication, addiction or abuse sensation with phentermine. His study consists of 269 test subjects, all with chronic obesity of high BMI and body weight in the age group of 20 – 88. All of them were treated with phentermine for a certain period of time under the supervision of physicians. The summary of the study concluded that therapeutic use of Phentermine have little, to no physiological effect on patients and they didn’t found to form the habit of addiction. Apart from that, no patients shown severe withdrawal syndromes, compared to other physiotherapeutic drugs.
Stopping Phentermine medication would lead to regaining of weight
This was another hoax that spread among the phentermine users. One must understand that the drug is just a stimulant that acts on the brain, suppressing the urge to eat food, or in another language, it kills the appetite for a specific duration of time. Apart from that, phentermine doesn’t work with the body to lose weight or burn fat like on fat burners.
When you take Phentermine, you might avoid the extra meals on a day thereby reducing the calorie intake. During the same period, doctors suggest high vitamin and mineral rich food to keep the body functioning as usual, but prescribes to reduce carbs and protein intake. This combination of strategy finally asks the body to make use of extra fat stored in the body, thereby drastically dropping weight. Thus, when the patient reaches a safe BMI, doctors would ask to stop the medication, taking the body back to normal condition. So, if you don’t want to regain weight, do proper exercise as suggested and stick with the diet your doctor gives you.
If you go with the doctor’s prescription and supervision, you won’t develop any addiction or habit, but if the drug is misused, it might be lethal or life-threatening. Phentermine is just an aid to help you reduce weight which doesn’t mean, during the course of medication, you can eat high calorie food. Having Control over the food you take is the main strategy in reducing weight.