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Phentermine received FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval in 1959 as a prescription appetite suppressant for the short term treatment of obesity. Phentermine Hydrochloride became widely available in United States in the 1970s.
Phentermine, like most available weight loss medications, is considered an appetite suppressant medications. Appetite suppressant medications like Phentermine promote weight loss by decreasing appetite or increasing the feeling of being full. These medications decrease appetite by increasing serotonin or catecholamine, which are two brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite.
Phentermine is the most popular and most frequently prescribed prescription appetite suppressant on the market today. The popularity of Phentermine is largely due to it's lower cost than other diet medications, such as Xenical and Meridia.
Phentermine is the generic term for this particular prescription medication. Phentermine is sold under several brand names, according to the company that manufactures it. These include brand names such as Ionamin, manufactured by Medeva Pharmaceuticals, and Adipex-P, manufactured by Gate Pharmaceuticals.
Phentermine is a sympathomimetic appetite suppressant. Phentermine is used in the short term treatment of obesity. Because the appetite reducing effects of Phentermine tend to decrease after a period of a few weeks, Phentermine, as well as other sympathomimetic appetite suppressants, are only used during the first several weeks of a weight loss program. Phentermine can assist an individual in losing weight while developing the knowledge, skills and new behaviors required for long term weight loss. Long term weight loss depends on changes in exercise levels and eating habits - Phentermine is intended to enhance weight loss while these behavioral changes are being made. Other appetite suppressant medications include tenuate, bontril and didrex.
Learn more about phentermine and other medications at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research website. Find more information about phentermine diet pills at the National Institutes of Health.
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