Thursday, October 13, 2011
Today I went to my doctor for my yearly check-up. Since seeing him last year, I have lost exactly one pound according to his scale. How depressing. Anyways, my check-up was normal. He ordered blood work and then asked if I had any problems. I told him how disgusted I was that despite regular exercise, I wasn't losing weight. I told him I was having about 50% success with keeping my calories between 1200-1400 per day. He then ordered thyroid function tests and took out his prescription pad.
He ordered me a thirty day supply of adipex-p. I am to go back next month for another check-up. I am not not sure how I feel about this. Taking a pill seems like cheating, somehow. Then, of course, there is the fact that I am a nurse, and I am afraid of health repercussions. And there's this little bit of pride that thinks ~180lbs is no big deal (then why isn't it gone, yet, hmmm?). I shouldn't need a pill to take off 30 pounds.....On the flip side, the idea that I could break through whatever barriers I have and jumpstart my weight loss is extremely seductive. So I took to my drug guide and the trusty internet to do some research. Oh, and I took the first pill this afternoon (perfect timing because I am on night-turn).
From official websites to colloquial ones, the results are staggering. All but one person reported amazing losses. The one negative? That individual had only been using it for two weeks and had started exercising every day with weights and reported a two pound gain. It's possible she just built muscle.
As for side effects, they are just like those associated with large doses of caffeine. There is also a risk of addiction, and after taking the first pill, I can understand why. There are no jitters, no racing heartbeat, no upset stomach. I simply feel energized and focused, and yes, my appetite is suppressed. It's an amazing feeling.
Anyways, what do you think? Am I crazy for giving this a try? Has anyone had experience with this drug?
Oh, and no, I DID NOT ask for this. He offered it up without prompting. And, yes, I trust this doc more than any other PCP I have ever met.