Many doctors prescribe phentermine, on its own, to patients for more than 12 weeks. And anecdotal reports from many of my colleagues suggested that it was helpful for many patients long-term. But there’s a lack of research on its longer-term safety and efficacy.
Can phentermine be taken long-term?
The authors concluded that phentermine is safe and effective for longer-term use—that is, >3 months—for weight loss in low-risk individuals.
How long can phentermine be taken?
Take phentermine exactly as directed. Most people takephentermine for 3 to 6 weeks; the length of treatment depends on how you respond to the medication. Phentermine can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer period than your doctor tells you to.
Can you take phentermine longer than 3 months?
FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients taking phentermine for weight loss for more than three months experience greater weight loss without an increased risk for incident cardiovascular disease or death, according to a study published online March 21 in Obesity.
How many times can you be prescribed phentermine?
Prior to 2016, the available doses of phentermine were 15, 30, and 37.5 mg. However, since it’s recommended that doctors prescribe the lowest effective dose, the FDA approved an 8-mg formulation in 2016, which can be taken up to three times daily.
Can you take phentermine every other day and still lose weight?
We suggest for those women trying to lose 25 lbs or less, you start weaning off the phentermine after the second month. Take the pill every other day for two weeks, then every third day, until you are down to 1 pill a week (usually Sunday) then stop completely.
Is it OK to stop taking phentermine cold turkey?
Abrupt cessation of long-term phentermine therapy does not induce amphetamine-like withdrawal. Long-term phentermine therapy does not induce phentermine cravings. Symptoms observed after abrupt phentermine cessation represent loss of therapeutic effect and are not withdrawal.
Can you take phentermine 37.5 mg twice a day?
Typical starting dosage: One 37.5-mg capsule each day. Take it in the morning before breakfast, or 1–2 hours after breakfast. Maximum dosage: 37.5 mg per day.
How much water should I drink with phentermine?
When taking phentermine you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day in order to improve the functions of your body and assist in the release of water weight, as well as keeping you hydrated and less likely to misinterpret thirst for hunger.
Can you drink caffeine with phentermine?
Notes for Consumers: Limit Caffeine intake (examples: coffee, teas, colas, chocolate, and some herbal supplements) while taking Phentermine. Also avoid medicines containing additional Caffeine whenever possible. Side effects from Phentermine may get worse if you take excessive Caffeine.
Can you take 2 phentermine a day?
Do not take two doses at one time. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of phentermine can be fatal.
Is it bad to take expired phentermine?
The expiration date is the last date that the pharmaceutical company will guarantee that the drug is at 100 percent full potency. Except in very rare cases, there is no evidence that suggests that there is anything harmful about that medication if used after that date.
What drug is similar to phentermine?
The FDA has approved five of these drugs—orlistat (Xenical, Alli), phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia), naltrexone-bupropion (Contrave), liraglutide (Saxenda), and semaglutide (Wegovy)—for long-term use.