After a thorough evaluation of your medical history, the doctor might prescribe a medication to help with your appetite.
Phentermine (Adipex-P, Suprenza) is an amphetamine-like prescription medication used to suppress appetite. It can help weight loss by decreasing your hunger or making you feel full longer. Phentermine is also available in a combination medication for weight loss (Qsymia).
Like other prescription weight-loss drugs, phentermine is intended to be used as part of an overall weight-loss plan with a doctor-approved exercise, behavior change, and reduced-calorie diet program. It is indicated for people who are obese, and who have failed to lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone — not for people who want to lose just a few pounds.
Although phentermine is one of the most commonly prescribed weight-loss medications, it has some potentially serious drawbacks. Common side effects include:
Increased blood pressure
Phentermine isn’t a good option if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland or glaucoma. It also isn’t for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Appetite suppressants are safe when taken under careful supervision and in conjunction with a structured weight loss program. Phentermine is FDA-approved medications used to help reduce appetite. It also increases your basal metabolic rate as well as the rate at which fat is broken down in the body.