25 Jun Phentermine and Addiction
Many prescription drugs are safe to use and never cause serious side effects. Some can be risky and even addictive, so you should always be cautious when taking prescriptions and carefully follow your doctor’s instructions. Certain drugs are more susceptible to abuse than others because of how they affect the body and the mind. Phentermine addiction, for instance, is a possibility for anyone taking this medication to treat obesity.
What Is Phentermine?
Phentermine is the generic name for a prescription drug with the brand names Adipex and Lonamin. It is prescribed to help people lose weight. It is intended to be used along with a restricted-calorie diet and exercise. It should aid weight loss, but not be the sole type of treatment for obesity. Phentermine is a stimulant, which is why it can help with weight loss. Stimulants increase metabolism and help the body to burn through calories more quickly. Doctors only prescribe this to patients who have not been able to lose an adequate amount of weight through diet and exercise. It is taken as an oral pill and only for a few weeks at a time.
Is Phentermine Addictive?
Stimulants are often abused by people because of the effects they have in the brain and the body. They help to drop weight. They give the user more energy and they provide sustained focus. Methamphetamine and amphetamine, two other prescription stimulants, are closely related to phentermine and are prescribed for ADHD. Because many more prescriptions are written for amphetamine, it gets abused more often. However, the effects produced by phentermine are similar.
Phentermine is much less addictive than amphetamine, but it’s still a stimulant and still habit-forming. If you take more of it than your doctor has directed (or for a longer period of time), it can cause dependence. People abusing phentermine have reported withdrawal symptoms like depression and fatigue when they stop using the drug. Phentermine can be abused by taking large doses of the prescribed pills or by crushing and snorting them. Snorting Adipex may give the user a quicker high, but it is also riskier and more dangerous.
What Are the Other Side Effects of Phentermine?
In addition to being habit-forming, phentermine can produce other side effects, some more serious than others. If you abuse phentermine or combine it with other stimulants, you risk amplifying the side effects and causing yourself real harm. The most common side effects are a dry mouth and a bad taste in the mouth, diarrhea, vomiting and constipation. Mores serious effects may include elevated blood pressure, dizziness, tremors, heart palpitations, insomnia, shortness of breath, chest pains and swelling in the legs.
How Can I Avoid Becoming Addicted?
Phentermine addiction can be avoided if you take your medications as directed and do not abuse them. If you have been prescribed phentermine, your doctor believes that you can benefit from it and that any risks are worth taking. Minimize those risks by taking your medication responsibly. Also, avoid having it fall into someone else’s hands by keeping your medications locked up. Many people who abuse prescriptions get them from someone they know. If you experience any side effects, call your doctor.
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