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Old 03-23-2012, 02:59 PM   #346
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I was expecting the appetite suppressant part. I did not expect the much better sleep! I struggled with afternoon fatigue and now I can get through it without a nap. Which means I can sleep properly at night instead of being night owly. I feel rested when I get up, and can actually get stuff done like my workouts, errands and so on.

(PCOS fatigue is another huge obstacle -- not just the crazy IR hunger. )
hey astrophe, are you still getting an energy boost from phentermine? just wondering since your comment perked my interest in it (again). I was reading other forums and some people say the energy boost goes away after a week since you build up tolerance on it.
Pretty interesting if you have PCOS and hypothyroid and get a decent energy boost from it, maybe it's something else this drug could be looked into treating.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:45 PM   #347
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Um... I'm not sure. The sleep quality is still there -- sleeping great, deep, rested when I wake up.

But I quit BCP for a break so I'm all distracted from bloat, breast tenderness, cramps, and stuff from that. Off BCP my cycles are kidna painful so my attention is all on that right now. On BCP it reduces in intensity and it's just the one week rather than 3 weeks of UGH. So I don't think I'm a good judge right now. LOL.

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I just started taking Phentermine on Thursday, 4/12. So far, I have lost 8 lbs! One of my biggest downfalls is that I have always been a hungry person. When I'm hungry, I want to eat whatever is closest to me, even if that means a candy bar from the vending machine. It has really curbed my appetite and helped me make much healthier choices.

I have suffered from insomnia for years, but recently got it under control without a prescription. Phentermine threw me back into my not able to sleep stage, so my doctor prescribed me some Lunesta as well. So far so good!
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:58 AM   #349
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Well phentermine is illegal in the UK. However pseudo-phentermine isn't and you find it in certain flu and cold remedies. A friend of mine swears by it.. anyone else tried it? I'm curious more than anything else tbh.
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I took phentermine and loved it! It curbed my appetite and gave me lots of energy and the weight came off really fast and I am a very impatient person and fast is what i needed to keep me motivated! I kept the weight off for 2 years. Came down from 263 to 192 but then major stress came into my life and was not taking the pill anymore and started putting the weight back on slowly...I do want to get back on the pills because i think once i get it back off i will be able to maintain like before now that my life is somewhat straightened out.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:40 AM   #351
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Hello all, congrats to everyone who has met with success!

I took phen a few years ago with tremendous success, lost about 35 pounds in 5 months. Of course I was not on any particular eating plan so when I stopped taking phen, it all came right back.

In my opinion, we regain the weight because of our lifestyle habits, not from coming off the meds. From the research I have done, phen does not cause you to gain weight when you stop taking it, eating too much and moving too little does. It really is that simple.

This time I have been on Weight Watchers for awhile, lost about 17lbs, then went on phen as I had stalled. I have greatly changed the way I eat and the way I view food in general. I do hope I am able to stick to this new outlook. I felt that phen was a good tool to use on my plan, but by far not the answer. I wanted to make sure that I was eating the foods that I should in the quantities that I should, before I got started with phen again. I know that is why I regained last time, I did nothing else but take phen, I had little appetite so I ate much less, but pretty much ate what I wanted. NOT GOOD!

Just my two cents! Good luck to all!
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hey astrophe, are you still getting an energy boost from phentermine? just wondering since your comment perked my interest in it (again). I was reading other forums and some people say the energy boost goes away after a week since you build up tolerance on it.
Pretty interesting if you have PCOS and hypothyroid and get a decent energy boost from it, maybe it's something else this drug could be looked into treating.
I was sent to a pain specialist when I hurt my back at work and he said to ask my doctor to prescribe this too me since it helps with back pain and the weight loss. My doctor would not give it to me since he does not believe any weight loss pills. But I found it interesting that the pain doctor said it would help with back pain. He could not give it to me since he was a workman comp doctor I was sent to. He may have but I had no further appts with him
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:57 PM   #353
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I was sent to a pain specialist when I hurt my back at work and he said to ask my doctor to prescribe this too me since it helps with back pain and the weight loss. My doctor would not give it to me since he does not believe any weight loss pills. But I found it interesting that the pain doctor said it would help with back pain. He could not give it to me since he was a workman comp doctor I was sent to. He may have but I had no further appts with him
funny, I also have a bad back. gotta love meds that can help with multiple things!
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:22 PM   #354
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I started Phentermine (aka Apidex-P, Ionamin, Pro-Fast) yesterday and I am very excited to be starting my journey and am going to start logging my progress. I am starting at a half dose of 37.5 mg pill a day (so 18.25 mg/day). I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on Phentermine on this forum and there are a few guidelines I would like to establish because I have seen a lot of misinformation on this forum.

1. Phentermine is not a ďmagic pillĒ and doesnít ďcauseĒ you to lose weight.
Phentermine acts as an appetite suppressant and decreases your appetite, so individuals who take it will typically lose weight because they eat less. Itís not a fat burner.

2. Phentermine is not a permanent or long-term solution.
Phentermine is meant to be a temporary tool to help overweight or obese individuals jump start their weight loss. It temporarily suppresses the sometimes overwhelming cravings or binges to help allow individuals to reset their lifestyle into a healthy lifestyle. This allows you the opportunity to shrink your stomach by eating less and gives your taste buds the opportunity to reset. Your body will get used to Phentermine after several months and it will no longer be effective.

3. Phentermine cannot singlehandedly BE your weight loss plan

Phentermine is like training wheels. It gives you a head start on your weight loss plan, but it cannot singlehandedly BE your weight loss plan. Before starting Phentermine, I began a new weight loss plan of diet and exercise for a month before starting Phentermine to help establish a proper mindset that before, during, and after using Phentermine I will need to have a healthy diet and exercise plan to lose weight.

4. If you go back to your wicked ways after stopping Phentermine, you will absolutely gain the weight back!
Phentermine can help you lose weight but it is up to you to keep it off or even continue to lose weight after going off of Phen. Letís look at how this works. At my weight (180lbs) and height (5í1), I need to eat 1900 calories a day just to maintain my weight just with a sedimentary lifestyle. With 3500 calories in a lb, I would need to cut 500 calories a day for 7 days to lose 1 lb/week. So cutting back to 1400 should cause me to lose 1 lb a week. If Phentermine causes me to lose 50lbs over 6 months and I go down to 130lbs, I can eat just 1680 calories a day to maintain. If I go back to eating the 1900 calories a day I am accustomed to eating to maintain my current weight, I will gain it all back over time. I have seen people keep off large weight losses for years and never gain it back and I have seen others gain it back, and then some. It all depends on whether the individual is actually committed to weight loss after transitioning off of Phen (see point 2 & 3 for how to keep it off).

5. Phentermine does not affect your metabolism (for better or for worse).

Many claim that Phentermine damaged their metabolism, making it difficult for them to lose weight after going off of Phentermine. This is a fallacy because Phentermine by itself cannot affect metabolism. It is likely that those who take Phentermine and report lower metabolisms after transitioning of Phen have temporarily damaged their metabolism by eating too little while on Phen. Whether or not you are on Phen, eating less than 1,000 calories (will vary by person) will cause a person to go into starvation mode, which will lower a personís metabolism. Phen decreases appetite, making it very easy for a person to eat less than 1,000 calories because people on Phen do not feel hunger as strongly. Therefore, my doctor was very clear that I must count calories and be sure to have at least 1,200 healthy calories a day.

6. Phentermine is not for everyone and should only be taken under close supervision.
Before beginning Phen, you must discuss your health, this medication and your weight loss goals with a doctor. Before beginning Phen, I met with my doctor and learned more about the medication (after over a year of extensive research on my own). We also discussed possible drug interactions, and anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds like Prozac interact with Phen. Like most legitimate doctors will before prescribing Phen, she took my blood and tested it for things like high blood pressure, diabetes and glucose levels. My glucose levels were slightly low and we discussed techniques to improve my glucose levels. She also gave me a B12 shot and called in my prescription only after my blood results came back and we discussed my glucose levels.

DO NOT DO NOT buy Phentermine online unless it is from a reputable pharmacy (like Walgreens, CVS) and you have a prescription. There are plenty of online vendors that would love you to spend your hard earned money on something that is at best ineffective and at worse life threatening. I have insurance (Blue Cross) and I only paid $6 for generic Phentermine and Iím not sure about the cost without insurance (but I think itís like $30 a month).

Hope this helps! I will update this forum regularly with updates.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:44 AM   #355
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I will keep checking in on you. I have been holding on to a prescription, and delaying starting it. Thanks for some straight talk regarding it. Good luck!
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:59 AM   #356
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I have been prescribed phentermine since January when I told my doc it was time to take serious action about my health concerns. I had convinced myself lapband was the only way. Doc told me my insurance wouldn't approve it without at least 6 months attempted weight loss. I was willing to try it as I'd prefer to not have surgery.

I didn't fill the dosage for the month of January. I personally needed a month to see what I could do at my best without it. I lost 2 lbs. I think it was a healthy realization that I needed help more than I wanted to admit.

I have the same generic, but along with the 37.5 I take in the morning, The doctor also has me take another 1/2 of the pill mid-afternoon. This is apparently highly unusual as the standard prescript seems to be 30/month, and CVS has hosed it up 2 times already by only dosing out the 30 and not the 45 to account for the 1/2 midday.

My insurance does not cover the med for me at all. I think I pay $40 for it a month for the 45 pills, and another $36 for another med the doc prescribed me. It's not cheap, but to some extent, it makes me accountable for the fact I don't want to be on it forever, and its not a magic pill. I don't want to rely on it. I also rationalize that the $80 or so is still cheaper than paying for surgery and the bonus of not getting invasive surgery.

The first month, I experienced some significant adjustment difficulties. I think the first 3 nights I was on it I slept very little if at all. At times I felt a little spacey. I didn't see these as being significant side effects, as I've had the same effects from having brain surgery 2 years ago. What I didn't like and still have to be cautious of is the way Phentermine exacerbates the chronic drymouth I already have as a side-effect of my brain surgery. I'd already gotten accustomed to being prepared by carrying something to drink all the time. I go through Burt's Bees lip balm like mad.

I digress. I agree, it is not a magic pill. After losing 15 lbs in February, I was scared when I followed up with my doctor, I was afraid I'd taken the wrong dosage, I was convinced I was losing too much weight too quickly, etc. My problem is that I was allowing the med to let me not eat. I was skipping meals, not good. I found a happy balance of exercise and calories. I have to follow a fairly strict sleeping schedule or else it's easy for me to stay awake for 48 hours straight.

My doctor wants to move me down to a lower dosage. He's going to give it another month, I saw him Tuesday and my blood pressure was better than its been in 10 years. He's been monitoring my bp pretty closely.

I won't say I look forward to being removed from the med, but I do know that it has changed my habits in many ways. I don't drink as much as I used to, because it aggravates my dry mouth. I don't eat nearly the same amount. I still allow myself treats, but I find that I don't crave them in the insane manner I used to. I don't think of Phentermine as making me succeed, it allows me to prevent myself from sabotaging my own success.

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:16 AM   #357
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I think you are right to be concerned about losing 15lbs in February. On one hand, its exciting but on the the other hand, loosing weight too quickly (as a result of a very low calorie diet) can damage your metabolism and increase your likeliness of access skin. Losing weight too fast can also cause a higher percentage of weight loss from muscle rather than from fat. And my favorite saying-- the quicker it comes of, the quicker it can come back on. But for people (like myself) who don't weight themselves very often, huge weight losses can creep up for you on Phen if you are not counting calories to be sure you are getting enough.

I have been on the half dose and honestly, I really have to force myself to eat. Right now, I couldn't imagine being on the full dose of 37.5 but since Phen becomes less effective over time. I think the full dose was really originally intended for those for which the half dose is no longer enough.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:09 PM   #358
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I am thinking about trying Phentermine but not sure what type of doctor to talk with about it. Have you guys just gone to your family doctor for it? Are most of them willing to put you on it? I have an appointment with my diabetes doctor Thursday, but wasn't sure if she is the one I would ask about it.
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I was hesitant to try any weight-loss drugs because I know they give really goofy side effects and can be unhealthy as well.

I didn't ask enough questions initially, all I knew is that it was an appetite suppressant. After that initial month, I was quite scared and I did a lot of research. My pharmacist was the one that tipped me off.

I hadn't realized how frequently I went to the pharmacy, and I went in one day to fill my blood-pressure meds, and I figured I'd fill the new month's scripts on the phentermine. The Pharmacist really startled me when she said I can't fill a "controlled substance" so early after the last script was filled. Had I known it was that strong of a medication, I probably wouldn't have started it.
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I took phentermine. Lost 30 pounds. Stopped taking it regularly and started eating badly and with that combo, I gained 20 back. I'm going back to half a tablet a day now in the hopes of getting the weight back down again. I'm far from my goal. I know that phentermine isn't a solution, but I'm hoping that once I get down to goal weight or closer, I can just work on maintenance. Some emotional side effects for me -- I take a half a pill in the morning and around bedtime I'm emotionally volatile until I get to sleep. I feel a little heart-racy sometimes, too. Thirsty a lot. Messed up libido -- some days high, some days completely negative, but constantly feeling frustrated, which is weird for me because I'm a consistently high sex drive kind of gal and exercise can kill that craving for me, but with the Phentermine, I can never tell. I think that some people have emotional side effects and some don't. I'm one of the ones that does.
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