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Have any of you tried the appetite suppressant Phentermine? I just started taking it a few days ago. Very thirsty and I have to remind myself to eat! I am 36...5'3 and weight 154. My goal weight is 125- 130. As of 3/28 I am consuming 1200 calories a day - sometimes just under that . If you use Phentermine- or have tried it - what has your experience been?

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I just started taking it on 3-29-12 and I have not had an appetite but I haven't loss either so I'm gonna start weighing myself every week but it's hard not to lol
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Have you had any side effects? Thirsty...jittery... Trouble sleeping?
Just insomnia I stayed to like 2am and alot of energy I cleaned everything in my house lol maybe we can support one another and keep updating each other on our progress I took phentermine about 3 years ago and lost 50 lbs in 3 mths so I know it works
I'm 5'7 and a half CW 226 1st GW 200 by the middle of May
Original Post by MsBankhead82:

Just insomnia I stayed to like 2am and alot of energy I cleaned everything in my house lol maybe we can support one another and keep updating each other on our progress I took phentermine about 3 years ago and lost 50 lbs in 3 mths so I know it works

Losing 50 pounds in 3 months isn't healthy. I hope this doesn't sound rude, but if it worked so well, why are you having to diet again only 3 years later? Rapid weight loss usually will eventually lead to rapid weight gain...often leaving you heavier then you were when you originally started to lose weight. It's healthy to lose 2 pounds or less per week (less if you're already at a healthy weight or only slightly overweight)-maybe a little bit more in the first week or two because of water weight, but 50 pounds in only 3 months is excessive.

Also, to beckatee75, 1,200 calories a day probably isn't enough for you...especially since you said you sometimes even dip below that.

People that take phentermine often have rebound weight gain when they stop taking it. There are also a bunch of other nasty side effects...it's basically weak, legal meth. If you want to lose tons of weight and be skinny for a week before you start gaining all of the weight back and then also potentially have pulmonary hypertension, arrhythmia's, and insomnia, then phentermine is the perfect drug for you. If you want to actually be healthy, use this site and be patient. Healthy weight loss doesn't happen overnight. 

Yes, be careful with the rapid weight loss bc it's causes cellulite. You need to schedule your meals, eat lots of water 96 oz, and exercise. Good luck and don't take them after 1 pm.
Original Post by jessbaez004:

Yes, be careful with the rapid weight loss bc it's causes cellulite. You need to schedule your meals, eat lots of water 96 oz, and exercise. Good luck and don't take them after 1 pm.

Rapid weight loss is bad for you! Not because it causes cellulite. It can cause gall stones, malnutrition, electrolyte imbalances, muscle loss, slowed metabolism, loss of your period, vitamin deficiencies and more health problems. Under eating in order to lose weight quickly is bad for you in so many ways. Don't fool yourself by thinking you're being "healthy" or making "smart changes". You're probably better off being overweight and eating a balanced diet then repeatedly going on crash diets.

Just FYI I became pregnant and was on complete bed rest and gained 35 lbs so that's why 3 years later but prior to my pregnancy I kept my weight off without a problem
Original Post by MsBankhead82:

Just FYI I became pregnant and was on complete bed rest and gained 35 lbs so that's why 3 years later but prior to my pregnancy I kept my weight off without a problem

Ok, but do you agree that your goal of losing 26 pounds in only a month and a half is unhealthy? Do you agree that consuming 1,200 calories a day or less is unhealthy? Do you agree that being obsessed with stepping on the scale and being frustrated because you haven't lost weight only 2 days is unhealthy?

I know I'm probably coming off as really rude, but it's so concerning reading posts like this. You can lose weight in a healthy way without taking any drugs that can potentially have harmful side effects. My starting weight was only 1 pound less than yours and I'm only one inch taller than you; we have almost identical stats and now I weigh 159 pounds without any drugs, extreme calorie deprivation, or ridiculous workouts. A little over a year ago I lost weight by only eating 1,200 calories a day and I lost 25 pounds in 2 months or so and then quickly gained 15 back. I also felt like complete crap all the time. You don't have to deprive yourself or use drugs to lose weight; you'll probably be a lot happier and healthier if you just use the tools on this site, count calories, and exercise to get down to your goal weight.

I don't think you're being rude, rachel. I can tell that you are genuinely concerned and you are telling people things that they maybe don't want to hear.

Two years ago, I was really heavy and it was tempting to do something drastic like get surgery or take pills, but ultimately I wanted to do everything in a healthy and natural way. Since making minor changes to my diet and exercising a little, I've lost 40 pounds. 

Granted, it took two years for me to lose 40 pounds, but so what? I wasn't starving or miserable, I could still have a beer with friends when I felt like it, and I feel more and more fantastic all the time. Not to mention the satisfaction I get from knowing that I accomplished this much without taking unhealthy shortcuts. Changing your lifestyle requires patience.

To the people taking this drug - be really careful and listen to your body. If it makes you feel anxious or gives you an unusual heartbeat, stop taking it!! You can permanently damage your metabolism and make it more difficult to lose weight in the future.

Lol i misspelled "excersize" a few times! Damn iphone keyboard! Lol
My doctor just placed me on this because in the last year I have fluctuated up and down 15 pounds no matter what I have done. I realize that doesn't seem like a lot but when you weight 315 it is.

I am on an eating plan to re teach my body what it needs to do and so I can learn what my bodies tells are. That is going pretty well. Except that I am hungry twenty minutes after I eat, no matter how large or small. I have kept a log to c what's going on. I am exercising with weights three times a week and walking three times a week.

I am not looking for fast weight loss but for the weight to move down.

Reading that some of you have had success that you have lost weight is great.

13 years ago I lost 125 lbs in a year. I was running in track five days a week, in the gym for three hours 5 days a week, and riding and caring for horses everyday. No meds! BUT no kids! I have gained all that weight back for several reasons, but I know it is going to b an up hill climb.

I support all of you.
Original Post by prttynpink1984:

Lol i misspelled "excersize" a few times! Damn iphone keyboard! Lol

You're still spelling it wrong.

Original Post by beckatee75:

Have you had any side effects? Thirsty...jittery... Trouble sleeping?


I have noticed being extra thirsty and dry mouth. I don't really get jittery because I have ADD and phentermine also helps with that (thank the gods!) by being a stimulant.

The only big side effect I have had was when I come off Phentermine. Bad headaches! Make sure when you stop taking it not to go cold turkey. Taper off slowly. It's also recommended to take this no more than 3 months at a time with 1-2 months in between.

This is definitely not recommended for those who only have about 10-30lbs to lose. I still have to lose 50 more lbs of fat to even be considered "mildly overweight" then I can concentrate on my last 20-30 without Phentermine.

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Original Post by MsBankhead82:

Just FYI I became pregnant and was on complete bed rest and gained 35 lbs so that's why 3 years later but prior to my pregnancy I kept my weight off without a problem

Ok, but do you agree that your goal of losing 26 pounds in only a month and a half is unhealthy? Do you agree that consuming 1,200 calories a day or less is unhealthy? Do you agree that being obsessed with stepping on the scale and being frustrated because you haven't lost weight only 2 days is unhealthy?

I know I'm probably coming off as really rude, but it's so concerning reading posts like this. You can lose weight in a healthy way without taking any drugs that can potentially have harmful side effects. My starting weight was only 1 pound less than yours and I'm only one inch taller than you; we have almost identical stats and now I weigh 159 pounds without any drugs, extreme calorie deprivation, or ridiculous workouts. A little over a year ago I lost weight by only eating 1,200 calories a day and I lost 25 pounds in 2 months or so and then quickly gained 15 back. I also felt like complete crap all the time. You don't have to deprive yourself or use drugs to lose weight; you'll probably be a lot happier and healthier if you just use the tools on this site, count calories, and exercise to get down to your goal weight.

I can agree with this only partially. Of course the safest method of losing any amount of weight is to eat healthier (which also means eating enough) and exercise more. But some people have lost touch with their bodies to such an extreme degree that our "tummy full" and "tummy empty" signals are all screwed up.

I have gotten to that point through years of unhealthy eating habits including EDs and yoyo/fad dieting. My body and brain just don't recognize when I'm full or hungry. So phentermine has really helped me try to retrain myself to eat properly. I now eat 3 main meals a day with occasional snacks and I don't binge like I used to.

Yes, I do have to remind myself to eat which for me is a good thing. Then I have to make a conscious effort to plan my meals which will eventually become a great habit!

I have taken this twice only to say yes it works to loss weight fast I lost 58 pounds in two mouths. But i have gain all the weight plus some.. And now that I'm trying to do it the right Way it's really hard because I'm used to seeing fast results and I get extremely frustrated and discouraged because I'm used to having big numbers every week. Also I've heard people die from it or have gotten extremely sick.
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I believe you are concerned but I think you are being a little narrow minded. Depending on her doctors recommendations, her starting weight and other conditions 26 lbs in a 6 weeks may not be all that unhealthy. Also, 1200 cal a day, is not unhealthy IF those 1200 calories are made up of veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins, and  NOT a bunch of crap. In regards to frequently stepping on the scale, I think this just depends on the person. I weigh myself EVERYDAY, yes everyday! To keep myself in check. I have maintained my current weight since 2006 and I know its from changing my lifestyle and weighing myself often.

I did use phentermine in the beginning and it is a great tool. I am pretty sure I lost 45-50 lbs in 3 months and did not gain any of it back. My doctor only allowed me to be on phentermine for 4 months and was very adamant that I follow a low calorie diet (1200 cal). Of course I was considered obese then at 199lbs and 5'3 (now I am down to 137 lbs and just decided I'd like to loose another 10lbs). For some people the benefits of phentermine and a low calorie diet far outweigh the side effects.

I think the biggest problem is some individuals DO NOT eat healthy when they go on low calorie diets. They use only items like lean cuisines, 100 calorie snack packs and never learn portion control and variety. Therefore they lack the necessary nutrients, never learn to eat right and gain weight back once they stop their "diet". 

I just wanted to share because loosing weight is different for everyone. What works for you may not work for others.

A friend of mine is taking it.  He's the same age as me (39), is 6'1" and started at about 260 lbs.

He proudly announces his drastic weight loss regularly on Facebook, and the sad part is that other people are starting to follow him around like he's got The Magic Solution.

I worry about him, because what he does other than popping pills is simply not healthy, and he refuses to accept that it's his dietary and lifestyle choices (meat, meat, and only meat; beer, beer, and more beer). Because of the appetite suppressant, he only drinks.  And considering how much he drinks (we're both regulars at our local microbrewery), it means he's still getting upwards of 1800-2000 calories from beer alone.

He gets gout flare-ups about every 3-6 months, yet still won't stop eating 2 lbs. of sushi-grade tuna in one sitting (when he's actually up for eating).  Or slow down on his beer consumption.

On top of the phentermine, he's also on Lipitor (or was), and a testosterone supplement.

He's 2 months younger than me.  I don't take any pills.  I'm 5'8" and weight 150.  I can also lift him up off the floor (only for about 3 seconds, but I can do it).

I fear for his health and life, yet he just doesn't want to hear what I have to say. Frown

If It didn't cause cardiovascular problems, I would definitely be taking this drug.

Is there any other appetite suppressant that isn't as harmful as phentermine? I took Phentermine and really believe that in the long run it's simply a big waste of time. 

I did lose a lot of weight, but eventually gained it back. It was just a matter of time.   Also, it isn't a drug you can keep using because it will stop working eventually and you will need more, and if you take more you can cause all kinds of health problems . 

Basically, it is legal Meth I learned later and I stopped taking it,  My metabolism is slower now ever since I took this junk medicine.  It isn't worth the long term side effects to look good.  I will keep trying to lose by dieting and exercising, cutting back my portions, and making more of an effort to burn the calories. 

What do I have to lose by doing that?  All will benefit me.  The easier way will eventually cause side effects that I am not certain of now, but looking ahead, they don't look too pretty.  I want to be healthy, not just looking healthy and fit, but I want to be the real deal, inside and outside and it takes some effort, there is nothing magic about it, except the satisfaction I get when I do something good for me and how my body responds in kind when I take care of it.

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