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Obese individuals who want to jump-start their weight loss often ask their doctors to prescribe specific drugs to help them achieve their goals. One type of prescription drug classified as Schedule IV (because of its potential for abuse), which is FDA-approved for weight loss is Duromine.

Duromine is the brand name of a weight loss drug containing the active ingredient called phentermine.

Phentermine is a controlled substance that works on the brain to help control one's appetite, resulting in weight loss.

How it Works

Duromine (phentermine) is a sympathomimetic appetite suppressant makes you feel less hungry. It works by altering the levels of neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain) that influence appetite. These appetite suppressants are prescribed by doctors to help obese people lose weight. Obese individuals have BMI (body mass index) of at least 30. Doctors may also prescribe Duromine for people who are overweight (BMI of 27 and above) and have some health condition (such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes) that may be improved by losing weight.

Phentermine (also marketed as Adipex-P or Suprenza) is an amphetamine-like medication that decreases your hunger or makes you feel full for longer periods. However, it is advisable to use it as part of a weight loss plan that includes diet and regular exercise. Because it has some potential for abuse, it should not be used longer than a few weeks, and so one should not rely only on medication to achieve their goals.

How it is Used

Duromine is available in tablet formin doses of 15, 30, and 40 mg. Consult your doctor for the appropriate dosage for you.

It should not be taken longer than 12 weeks.

Precautions in Taking Duromine

Phentermine is FDA-approved and a popular prescription drug. However, like other drugs, it has some side effects, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sleeplessness
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Nervousness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Palpitations
  • Convulsions
To reduce your risk for negative side effects, take Duromine as directed by your doctor.

Unless advised otherwise, avoid using this drug if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid gland disease, or glaucoma. Pregnant and lactating women are advised not to take it. Avoid combining Duromine with other weight-loss drugs. Avoid sleep problems by taking this medication at daytime, no later than 6 pm.

Ask your doctor about using this drug if you are taking other medications that may interact with it. Avoid taking alcohol when using Duromine. Finally, do not stop taking Duromine abruptly to avoid having withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to reduce its dose before discontinuing its use.

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