What is Phentermine
Phentermine, a contraction for “phenyl-tertiary-butylamine”, is an appetite suppressant of the amphetamine and phenethylamine class. It is approved as an appetite suppressant to help reduce weight in obese patients (BMI over 25) when used short-term and combined with exercise, diet, and nutritional counseling. It is typically prescribed for individuals who are at increased medical risk because of their weight and works by helping to release certain chemicals in the brain that control appetite. Our dermatologist, Dr. Parvin Shafa is an expert in various weight loss programs, she uses phentermine and other weight loss programs like hcG to give her patients the best results. Visit her office in Irvine, Orange County to learn about the different weight programs and the options available for you.
How Phentermine Works
Phentermine, like many other prescription drugs, works with neurotransmitters in the brain. It is a centrally-acting stimulant that stimulates neuron bundles to release a particular group of neurotransmitters known as catecholamines; these include dopamine, epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), and norepinephrine (noradrenaline). The neurotransmitters signal a fight-or-flight response in the body which, in turn, puts a halt to the hunger signal. As a result, it causes a loss in appetite because the brain does not receive the hunger message. Generally, Phentermine appears to be relatively well tolerated. It can produce side effects consistent with its e.g., tachycardia (increased heart rate) and elevated blood pressure, but the incidence and magnitude of these appear to be less than with the amphetamines. Our dermatologsit Dr. Parvin Shafa will properly screen you for the weight loss program.