Prescription Only

The first thing you should know about Phentermine is the fact that it is available for prescription only in the US, Australia, and Canada. This is due to the fact that the drug is listed as a Category IV Controlled Substance in the US and Canada while it is listed as “Prescription Only” in Australia. Despite this classification the drug is listed as being a low risk for abuse. That being said, it is also listed as being potentially hazardous and addictive if abused.

Pregnancy Risk

The pregnancy risk for Phentermine is class B3 in Australia and X in the US. To elaborate, Class X indicates that there have been observed fetus abnormalities in tests on animals. This is the same in Australia under the B3 classification only studies on humans have shown no fetal abnormalities.

Phentermine is not advised while pregnancy and breastfeeding during to its danger for baby. Please consult your doctor before using Phentermine while pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Brand Names

If you’re looking to get a prescription for Phentermine you’ll probably want to ask your doctor about Ionamine, Suprenza, or Adipex-P. There are other brands as well but these three are probably the most common.

How it is Used

This drug can be taken in a variety of ways. The most common is taking a tablet by mouth around breakfast time. Other methods involve taking a capsule around 1-2 hours after breakfast, taking a disintegrating tablet without food, and taking an extended release tablet before breakfast. Taking the drug before bed time is not advised as it can cause problems sleeping.

Who Should Not Take Phentermine

There are several scenarios in which a person should not take this drug. Here is a short list of conditions:

  • Known hypersensitivity
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Cardiac disease

There are other conditions that can make taking the drug ill advised. Speak to your doctor for detailed information.

Deciding if Phentermine is Right for You

While Phentermine is a great drug for weight loss for a lot of people it isn’t for everyone. Be sure to talk to your doctor and let him or her help you decide if this drug can help you lose weight and/or battle obesity.