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Phentermine Side Effects
Regular visits to your doctor are an important part of taking appetite suppressants, including Phentermine. Regular visits will ensure that Phentermine is not causing unwanted side effects and that appropriate progress is evidenced. Always talk to a doctor if you feel that Phentermine is not working properly or if you are experiencing any unwanted side effects. Do not increase dosage unless advised to do so by a doctor.
Never take any appetite suppressant, including Phentermine, with or less than 14 days after taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor. Doing so can lead to the development of sudden, dangerously high blood pressure.
Taking Phentermine, or any sympathomimetic appetite suppressant, may lead to a positive result for amphetamines in urine screening.
Phentermine can cause dryness of the mouth. This side effect of Phentermine can be remedied through the use of saliva substitutes, chewing sugarless gum, or by increasing water intake. If this side effect persists for over 2 weeks, talk to a doctor. Excessive long term dryness of the mouth can lead to dental disease, including tooth decay, gum disease and fungus infections.
Phentermine can cause dizziness, lightheadedness and drowsiness. Like any medication, always learn how your body reacts to Phentermine prior to engaging in any activity requiring alertness, such as driving or operating machinery. Phentermine has also been known to cause a heightened sense of confidence or well being.
Always inform any doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Phentermine prior to having any kind of surgery, dental treatments, or emergency treatment. Using Phentermine at the same time as many medicines used while in or after surgery can lead to unwanted and potentially serious side effects.
Immediately consult with a doctor if feelings of faintness occur, if any chest pain is evident, if legs, arms or extremities are swelling and if any difficulty breathing is noticed. These symptoms could indicate serious health problems with the use of Phentermine.
If you have been taking Phentermine for a long period of time, or if you have been taking large doses of Phentermine, you may become mentally or physically dependent on Phentermine. If you feel any dependence on Phentermine, consult a doctor immediately. There are several signs of dependence on Phentermine and other appetite suppressants. These include:
- a strong desire or strong need to continue taking Phentermine
- a need to increase the dose to receive the same effects of the medicine - withdrawal side effects, including mental depression, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps or pain, trembling, unusual fatigue
or physical weakness, after stopping Phentermine
An important note for diabetes patients - Phentermine can affect blood sugar levels. If changes in urine or blood sugar test results are noticed, check with a doctor immediately.
If you have been taking Phentermine in large doses or for a long period of time, check with a doctor prior to stopping the medication. It is possible that a doctor will recommend slowing the dose of Phentermine prior to ceasing altogether. This may help prevent withdrawal symptoms or unwanted side effects.
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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