Long Term Side Effects Of Phentermine

I’ve just read a study dealing with appetite-suppressing drugs, principally one called Phentermine (that’s the generic name; it’s branded with other names such as Fastin).

I had to read the report three times before I understood it…full of long words and clinician-speak!
But it seems to me that this drug deals with the symptoms of the problem, i.e overeating rather than the problem itself, i.e why people overeat.

People overeat for many reasons, among them boredom, depression, stress and sometimes just habit.
Eating is pleasurable; it stimulates “feel-good” chemicals in the Side Effects of Phentermine brain. Chocolate is renowned for this, surprise, surprise. After all, what is better than a family-sized bar of Fruit and Nut? Sex? Miles behind!!

On a more serious note, this good feeling doesn’t last. So you continue eating. And eventually it gets to be a habit that you can’t stop. And don’t want to. You see your body ballooning. So you make a huge effort and go on a diet. Big mistake! (See our other articles for what we think of diets!). So now you’re miserable. All you can think of is food. By Tuesday lunchtime you’ve given up. So you mentally beat yourself up. And so it goes on….

In a nutshell, and without any technobabble, there is an area in your brain that tells you when you are hungry. So you eat. There is another area that tells you when you have had enough. So you stop eating.

But you can override these “switches” if you try hard enough. Hence eating disorders, both those in which you eat too little (such as anorexia) and those where you eat too much – leading to obesity, feeling out of control, and resorting to desperate measures. This is where you turn to the likes of Phentermine, which works by interfering with the “switches”, therefore decreasing your desire for food. Phentermine also stimulates the hormones which control your body’s “fight or flight” response, which switches off the “hunger” sensor and reroutes more blood to the muscles and less blood to the stomach and digestive system ready for the command for “Action!” Which never comes.


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