Phentermine is one of the most effective drugs for obesity treatment. However, even the best medicines may have disadvantages, and Phentermine is not an exception.
The main disadvantage of Phentermine is that this drug for obesity treatment can be taken only for a limited time (no more than 3 months). In prolonged use of Phentermine, it is significantly increased a risk of:
- mental dependence;
- tolerance to its anorexic effect
- various adverse reactions, including diarrhea, dizziness, anxiety, urticaria.
In addition, not every patient can completely get rid of excess fat within three months. Therefore, they may need additional weight loss methods that will help to strengthen the result achieved by means of Phentermine.
Because of dependence potential, this anorectic is listed in a list of controlled medicines and is sold by prescription. This is also the disadvantage of Phentermine. Visiting a doctor to obtain a prescription for Phentermine can be a real feat for some patients with morbid obesity.
Another disadvantage of Phentermine is that state insurance programs do not cover its cost. Therefore, even the insured patients are forced to spend their money to buy Phentermine.
Phentermine is contraindicated for use in mental disorders. For this reason, obese patients with psychogenic eating disorders (e.g., bulimia) may need alternative obesity treatment methods.