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my experience on phentermine.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

((posted this in the phentermine sparkteam))
i figure i may as well record it considering i was looking for all the information i could before i started.. a lot of people commenting on the first week, not enough check in later on.
i've been on phentermine for... 2 months and 9 days. it is a fantastic tool to kick start weight loss. it really helped me have hope for the 100+ pounds i have to lose. as every one who tries phentermine says... it is NOT a miracle pill. it is only a tool to help you in YOUR journey. i've had much success with phentermine.. i've lost 37.4lbs since november 8th. however... i will stress that i literally WORKED my butt off! lots of exercising, and much less eating and better food choices. i like to think of phentermine as a tool for people who are addicted to food. it almost puts a plug in your brain where your appetite hides. phentermine does suppress hunger pains in the beginning but for me, that wore off. now the only reason i continue taking it is to suppress my appetite, which can be voracious at times. although it is getting better thanks to my change in eating habits.
i started looking into information on phentermine when an acquaintance of mine bragged about losing 50lbs on it. i brought it up to my doctor and he gave me the typical warnings about blood pressure and heart palpitations. yes, phentermine can ABSOLUTELY be dangerous! do not abuse it because you could die. blunt, but true. it does have roughly the same chemical make up as amphetamines. that is why it's a narcotic. it can also be addictive.. addiction runs in my family so i have taken special measurements to avoid dependence and withdrawl. when i first read about the possibility of taking it a few times a week or skipping days, i asked my doctor. he said that's fine. you can skip days, take it once a week or even break the pill in half. but he said don't double your dose or increase it. after that, i began skipping 1-2 days a week. on the second day my appetite begins to intensify. these days.. i take phentermine roughly every other day.. sometimes two days in a row. i've had great success with phentermine and now i'm slowing down the dose.. stretching it out to get used to my appetite a little at a time.
anyway. when i first asked about phentermine.. the main reason i chose to take it was i was by far the biggest i'd ever been. so big.. that my once perfect blood pressure (even still obese) was high and my knees were beginning to wear down, and i couldn't jog. i felt like a failure.. i couldn't jog.. so i felt like i was a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. i felt like i needed another tool and phentermine was just that. it helped me really get ahold of the nutrition issues and i phased in more and more intense exercise (and continue to do so) as i lost/lose weight.
now. side effects. i didn't have too many, really.. the first few days i had an EPIC case of dry mouth... i had to have water with me at all times. the first 2 hours on phentermine i was a little jittery and very talkative.. i couldn't shut up.. lol. i didn't sleep great the first night, but if i take phentermine before 10:30am i don't have problems sleeping. now a rule of mine is.. if i forget to take my pill and don't remember until after 10:30am... i don't take it that day. because it does affect my sleep if i take it too late. and just a bit of nausea.. which isn't really listed as side effects, but i did experience. and i still do if i don't eat anything within an hour of taking it.
i've heard horror stories heartbeats skipping, strokes, heart attacks, insomnia, constipation. so yes, it's something to be careful about (like any medication, especially a narcotic.)
oh and if you take a drug test, you will fail it. so make sure to have a doctor's note if you plan on getting a job or anything like that.
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    1855 days ago
    sounds like you're doing it the right way, so that's good. It turns me into a raving psycho b*tch and my head aches, but I loved the energy it gave me and how it curbed my appetite. Great blog! Congrats on your loss and keep up the excellent work!!!
    1860 days ago
    good luck! I am glad you are consulting with a doc all the way
    1861 days ago
  • CC3833
    I understand why you went to that. Cravings and appetite can really make a dent in your healthy lifestyle. Seems like you are doing the right thing by talking to your doctor about this stuff. Just be careful and pay attention to your body. I tried something similar. I did lose like 5 lbs in the first 2 weeks but I didn't like the side effects I was having... which were similar to what you experienced. But I only have 35 lbs to lose I can do this on my own. My cravings and appetite aren't terrible anymore and when they are I either give in a little or drink loads of water. Good luck and be safe!
    1861 days ago
    I took it before and I didn't really like it lol im glad it's working for you though!!! sounds like your taking all the right steps while on it and congrats on the weightloss!
    1861 days ago
  • BANDMOM2012
    Wow, sounds like you must be very careful when considering this type of tool. It would never work for me - chocolate gives me the shakes :) Wishing you a successful journey in 2013
    1862 days ago
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