Are you one of those who wake up one morning to find that they are carrying too much flab which needs to be shed? If yes, then you will also be interested in weight loss methods that are advertised and try your best to identify one which appears to be most suitable. While the good news is your growing self-awareness as regards the extra weight, the not so good news is that in your desperation, you might fall prey to a technique which causes more harm than good. It is indeed true that while the Internet may be overflowing with thousands of reviews praising one weight loss pill over the other, what remains questionable is their authenticity.
When you scour the net for reviews or weight loss pills, a name that you are bound to come across is Phentermine. Since it is a brand, its visibility on the Internet varies from capsules to additives and also as per the strength of dosage. Something that you will also come across in reviews is how successful it is in causing weight loss by suppressing your appetite. However, most of these reviews come across as fake because they sound unrealistic in their praise and even fail to mention occurrence of any side effects.
Phentermine is one of the oldest weight loss products which received FDA’s stamp of approval as early as 1959 and just a few years later, this pill began to be sold over the counter. For a diet pill which does not even require a prescription, one might have assumed that it is perfectly safe. But this is where the catch lies – Phentermine has never been tested clinically and hence there is no scientific proof as regards its safety. And it was well into circulation for the first three decades as a popular weight loss agent. Only when multiple cases of heart-valve problems began to surface that doubts were raised pertaining to its suitability for human consumption.
!997 was the year when 24 people were diagnosed with a cardio issue and the only common point between them was Fen-Phen, a colloquial name for Phentermine. This caused panic amongst people and while the product was withdrawn from circulation, users were urged to undergo complete medical examination. Results showed that as many as 30% users of Phentermine suffered from a cardio condition related to heart valve, thus proving that it did indeed have side effects.
Phentermine itself is a stimulant similar to an amphetamine. It acts as an appetite suppressant by affecting the central nervous system. That can be dangerous and cause severe problems in nervous system and whole body balance.
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- Chest pain
- decreased ability to exercise
- fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- swelling of the feet or lower legs
- trembling or shaking of the legs, arms, hands, or feet
- trouble breathing
- trouble with thinking, speaking, or walking
Root cause of the heart problem was found to be fenfluramine, a component that was included in Phentermine owing to its ability of suppressing appetite and burning fat tissues within the body. The explanation provided by manufacturers of Phentermine was that such components caused the brain to release adrenaline which in turn helped in depleting the fat reserves within the body. At the same time it also controlled hunger pangs and through this dual action, caused weight loss.
Simple though it sounds, gaps in this theory came to surface when users began to report side effects, some of which proved to be fatal. Moderate symptoms experienced by users of Phentermine are restlessness, anxiety, headache and tension. But when it aggravates into vomiting, eruption of rashes on the skin and diarrhea, then it is time to consult a doctor. It implies that this weight loss pill does not agree with you or maybe you are ingesting a wrong dosage so as to trigger such extreme symptoms.
What is more alarming is that Phentermine has been known to react with other medications within the body. Usually, a substance which is natural does not react with anything and is perfectly harmless in spite of being combined with other medications. Because Phentermine has been known to react with other medications, it is definitely not natural and hence just another chemical formula. This is the reason as to why if you come across an unbiased review on Phentermine, you will come across a long list of conditions like diabetes, thyroid, kidney and high blood pressure wherein you must stay away from this weight loss pill.
In spite of all this proof, Phentermine is still sold in many countries around the world as a ‘miracle’ weight loss pill under the label of ‘controlled substance’. Research is also underway to test how it performs on being combined with other weight loss substances.
To be honest, anything that has the potential of interfering with the normal functioning of the heart and react with other medications should be definitely avoided because it is bound to be made of strong chemicals. Rather than filling your body with such foreign agents just for the sake of losing weight, will it not be easier to settle for a method which is natural, safer and more long-lasting?