Phentermine

Decatur Health and Wellness

Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR

Family Medicine & Obesity Medicine located in Tucker, GA

If you have a serious weight problem but are finding it too difficult a challenge to lose the excess pounds on your own, medically managed weight loss incorporating appetite suppressant medication like phentermine could be the answer. Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR, of Decatur Health and Wellness in Tucker, Georgia, is an experienced primary care physician who specializes in helping obese patients lose weight safely and sustainably. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harrington by calling Decatur Health and Wellness today, or book an appointment online.

Phentermine Q & A

What is phentermine?

Phentermine is a prescription medication that helps with weight loss as part of a medically managed diet and exercise plan.

Phentermine, which is available under brand names including Adipex-P® and Lomaira™, is an appetite suppressant, which means it makes you feel less hungry and helps you feel full after eating for longer than you normally would.

How does phentermine fit into a weight loss program?

Phentermine is one part of a carefully designed weight loss plan that focuses on healthy, sustainable weight loss through diet and exercise and behavioral counseling that helps you change your attitudes to food and eating. Using phentermine contributes to successful weight loss by reducing the cravings for food that cause many dieters to fail in their efforts.

It’s natural to be concerned because diet and exercise haven’t worked for you in the past, but Dr. Harrington at Decatur Health and Wellness uses an individually prepared plan for each patient based on a scientific assessment of their metabolism, nutritional needs, and other factors that could be affecting their ability to maintain a healthy weight.

Am I a good candidate for treatment with phentermine?

If you’re obese and you’ve been struggling to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise, then phentermine could be a useful treatment. However, if you just want to lose a couple of pounds, then using phentermine isn’t the best approach.

Phentermine is an effective aid to weight loss for people who are seriously overweight but should only be used as part of a medically managed weight loss program. Dr. Harrington carries out a thorough assessment of every patient who enrolls in a weight loss program at Decatur Health and Wellness to ensure they’re a good candidate for treatment with phentermine.

Phentermine isn’t likely to be suitable if you have:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Glaucoma

Phentermine shouldn’t be used if you’re pregnant or hoping to conceive, or are breastfeeding.

Does phentermine cause any side effects?

Phentermine is a safe and effective medication that has significant benefits for people who are obese, but like any medication, there are some potential side effects:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Tingling or prickling in the hands and feet
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nervousness
  • Constipation

If you feel cautious about taking medication, it’s worth considering the potential effects of remaining dangerously overweight. Obesity is likely to lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and more, representing a considerably greater threat to your health than the common side effects of taking phentermine.

To find out more about medically managed weight loss with phentermine and arrange a consultation with Dr. Harrington, call Decatur Health and Wellness today, or use the online booking tool.