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January 22, 2012 10:50 AM
I am going to document my experience taking this medication. I started MFP and I weighed in at 168.3. I was told by my doctor that I should be around 130-140. I am 27 5'6 and I have three small kids. I work 60 hours a week and do not eat "healthy". I often skip all meals and splurge at dinner. First week on MFP I lost about 4 lbs. First thing I did was cut out all liquids but water.
( A captain and coke once in while as well)drinker

My second week I gained 1lb and I did the exact same things as before and I even was working out more. brokenheart

I contacted a doctor and was perscriped Phentermine. Today is the third day on this medication. I have not weighed myself recently.

A lot of people have tried this and have massive side effects. Well the first day I was on fire !! I could have climbed the highest mountain in 20 mins.. or at least that is how I felt. I had NO heart palpatations or any jittery feeling.. I felt though I was floating at some points but could focus in a conversation like I have never done before. Dry mouth is the only side effect that was uncomfortable. They say consitpation is another but I guess if you eat the proper amount of fiber everyday you will be ok .

I am having a hard time eating all the calories they recomend.. 1200 one day 1400 next 1300 .. basically mix it up every day. I still work out and work. To get the certain proteins and fibers I am required to have I eat a protein bar in the morning, string cheese in the afternoon with carrots and then a decent dinner. You have no urge to eat YOU HAVE TO CHOKE DOWN FOOD.. if food is laying around and you are bored you might want to eat it out of habbit. I just chew a piece of gum or grab a bottle of water. I also have no urge to smoke as much.. I do it mostly now because I am bored... not because I "need" it. I have cut what I normally smoke in half...

Taking a half in the am and a half in the evening is not an option for me... There is no way I could sleep if I did that !
I have elimated all caffenine out of my diet and switched to decaff. coffee.

I am hoping this medication on top of the MFP and the exercise will help me drop my weight. And then the habbit of not eating the super huge meals will contiune when I am off this medication. I have heard stories that people take this lose 40 lbs go off it and gain 40 + back. Well if you take this medication and only think its a magic drug instead of a booster to the things like exercise and counting calories when you off and indulge in a whole pizza and a bag of chips.. Well duh you are going to gain it all back !!


I dont know if anyone will read this or care about it.. But I am going to document this for me... To see the changes and maybe if you are thinking about it .. my experience will help ... whether it is good or bad... I will tell you the good, the bad and the ugly...

flowerforyou Wish me luck
Edited by CMM2132 On January 22, 2012 10:56 AM
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January 22, 2012 10:54 AM
I have an appointment Tuesday with the doctor to start Phentermine. My cousin used it to jumpstart her weight loss. She used it for 3 months and lost 45 pounds. She went off, lost another 35, and has kept that off, so I know it can be done. I'm only going to take it for 30 days though. I just want to shrink my stomach and then I'll be good to do it on my own as I have in the past. Good luck to you!
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January 22, 2012 10:58 AM
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I have an appointment Tuesday with the doctor to start Phentermine. My cousin used it to jumpstart her weight loss. She used it for 3 months and lost 45 pounds. She went off, lost another 35, and has kept that off, so I know it can be done. I'm only going to take it for 30 days though. I just want to shrink my stomach and then I'll be good to do it on my own as I have in the past. Good luck to you!
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Let me know how you feel and such. I personally know someone who did the same thing and I waited for her to get on it show results and then get off and to date I think she has gained 1lb back.... I don't go by things people say that I can not see for myself !! Good luck !
  14388815
January 22, 2012 11:57 AM
Some years ago I lost 4 stones /56 lbs using Phentermine. I never slept...maybe a couple of hours a night, I was buzzing. I barely ate, drank gallons of water as I was always thirsty. I became addicted to it.....although I had reached a stage that I had stopped losing weight.

I eventually weaned myself off it.....took a while, but I gained about 10lbs back and maintained reasonably well until my mother died when I went into a stress eating pattern.

Have to say I would never take it again ever and wouldn't recommend it to anyone for more than a month or so....I ended up taking it for about 3 years as it was a slow process cutting it out
January 22, 2012 12:01 PM
I am on phentermine also and i lost 11 lbs but i don't have the urge to eat and i have cut down on my smoking as well. I am trying to start drinking more water, but I drink a lot of Monster and I am trying to cut down on that also. Got any ideas I could use some.
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January 22, 2012 3:30 PM
I'm also currently taking Phentermine...I only take a half a pill for all day. I feel that it help my cravings and just helps me be more alert and energized in the a.m but by 9-10pm I'm ready for bed. The first time I took it about a year ago, I was taking a full pill and that made me feel like i was talking a mile a min and couldnt focus. I also havent had any problems with my heart or getting addicted to it.
January 22, 2012 3:38 PM
I once had a co-worker who started that and got so addicted! I've heard it's like speed. Of course I haven't done my OWN research, that's just what I have heard, doesn't mean that it is true!
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January 22, 2012 3:38 PM
Good luck finding people who will wish you luck.

Also, find a new doctor.

ETA: This isn't a blog.
Edited by lor007 On January 22, 2012 3:39 PM
January 22, 2012 3:39 PM
I wanna throw some caution to you guys-

I did a stint on phentermine a while back. You can NOT lose fat as quickly as you drop on the meds. You are gonna be losing some muscle. I wasn't big historically but gained weight in grad school, so I got some prescribed from a doctor. Where I was NEVER flabby before, I feel like I have fat everywhere. I developed a "gut" after I stopped. I rebounded from the weight loss too.

Sure it works, but my experience is that like with most "quick fixes," it is a set up. You have to eventually learn to manage deficit and exercise, so no better time to start than the present.

In no way am I judging or scorning you, I'm just giving you feedback from "today" from a person who took in the the past.

If I could tell you what to do, I'd say trash it and go with MFP alone.
Edited by Crystal_Pistol On January 22, 2012 3:40 PM
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January 22, 2012 3:42 PM
QUOTE:

Good luck finding people who will wish you luck.

Also, find a new doctor.

ETA: This isn't a blog.


QFT
January 22, 2012 3:48 PM
All i can say is, good luck. I have known people who got dependant on the stuff, even after they built tolerance. I give a friendly warning, that if you have an addictive personality, to be VERY wary, as it is related chemically to amphetamine.

Watch carefully for signs of dependance, and DO NOT mess with your dosage, even if you find your normal dose has stopped giving you the 'pep' it normally does..upping your own dosage can lead to 'bad things'. My friend took too much at once, after it has stopped working for him, and had very bad insomnia, abnormal heart rate, and ended up having a terrible time quitting the stuff. One day he was so hyped up, he had minor halucinations.

Not telling you what to do, but do some research if you haven't, and know the risks involved. I would highly recommend getting a second opinion from another doctor as well.

I wish you all the best, and be safe!
January 22, 2012 3:48 PM
I have used it before too, It is great if you can deal with the jitters. But When I was on it they would come and go. after being on it for while that was not an everyday thing. Just occasionally. That is great that your smoking less too! happy I hope it works well for you. just becareful that your not one to go off it and gain it right back, Because some people think they can take the med and eat anything (because they still lose weight) and not excersize and get the same results when they are not on the medication. but you have great determination and Motivation so you will do fine. Good luck! :)
January 22, 2012 3:56 PM
I don't remember what I took, but I was on a medication to lose weight by a doctor back in 2004. I did lose all my weight of course because I was only supposed to eat 900 calories. I now have heart flutters (that is what I call them). I am 5'6" and weighed 164 got down to 140lbs.

I now weigh 182 and I've lost 20lbs in the last year. eeek!!! gained my weight back and some, I would say. I am doing with no easy way out this time. Blood, sweat, and tears!!! I think if I earn it, I'll respect how I got there more.

I just wanted to share my story!! smile Good luck !
  5075298
January 22, 2012 4:50 PM
I will never understand doctors that prescribe such medication for weight loss. You don't need pills to lose weight, just a plan and a little will power. I've never taken a psychostimulant, but I'm sure the effects are much worse than losing weight by just eating less and exercising more.

Good luck with your Phen. I hope it all ends well.
January 22, 2012 4:57 PM
I was prescribed Phentermine to raise my blood pressure and I couldn't stand taking it. I am kind of surprised at how many people on here have gotten prescriptions-- my pharmacist almost didn't give it to me. I had to explain what it was for, because he said I wasn't heavy enough to need it. He was right I guess, I found myself miserable the whole time. Hope it works better for you. Watch for side effects like a hawk-- I found that it made me compulsive in a very bad way.
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January 22, 2012 5:02 PM
I have been taking Phentermine since Thursday and so far I have had no flutters; however I do have a dry mouth. I am still counting calories and watching what I eat and still exercising. I have noticed that I am not stalking the pantry for snacks....
January 22, 2012 5:19 PM
Ive never taken phentermine,but I spent along time on meth sounds just like it
January 22, 2012 5:34 PM
QUOTE:

Ive never taken phentermine,but I spent along time on meth sounds just like it


and you would be correct!
January 22, 2012 5:36 PM
Watch a movie, it's called Requiem for a Dream. Feel free to fast forward past everything except the scenes with Sara Goldfarb (played by Ellen Burstyn).

Then weigh your options of weight loss with and without pills. It's harder without I'm sure, but it's better for you in the long run.
January 22, 2012 5:41 PM
I'm on Phentermine. I've taken in for around 6 weeks. I don't take it every day, but only when needed. I follow a 1000-1200 cal. diet. 110-130 gm protein, and 40-80 gm carbs per day. I supplement with 2 protein shakes per day. I also take a few supplements. I'm currently doing the 30 day shred, so I exercise 5-6 days per week. The above plan is prescribed by a bariatric certified physician.
I see the doctor twice per month. So far i've lost 12 lbs. My lean muscle mass has increased 1.5 lbs.
I've had no adverse side effects.

Anyone telling you taking a pill is a quick solution is wrong. You have to work just as hard to lose you weight! The medication is just another tool to assist you in weight loss.

I would not anticipate you will get much support. I've seen some fairly judgemental attitudes directed towards anyone who doesn't follow the most widely excepted weight loss plan.
Feel free to add me as a friend.
Edited by sansouchi1050 On January 22, 2012 5:50 PM
  972716
January 22, 2012 5:47 PM
QUOTE:

Ive never taken phentermine,but I spent along time on meth sounds just like it


Bwahahahahaha
  2723248
January 22, 2012 5:58 PM
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Anyone telling you taking a pill is a quick solution is wrong. You have to work just as hard to lose you weight! The medication is just another tool to assist you in weight loss.


If you have to work just as hard, why in the hell would you add so much risk into the equation?
January 22, 2012 6:02 PM
QUOTE:

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Anyone telling you taking a pill is a quick solution is wrong. You have to work just as hard to lose you weight! The medication is just another tool to assist you in weight loss.


If you have to work just as hard, why in the hell would you add so much risk into the equation?



As I mentioned, its another tool to help you be successful. You still have to learn to eat correctly, you still have to work out. This medication is for short term induction into a healthier lifestyle. Normally after 2-3 months, you transition off the medication, but you are left with the skills to maintain you program.
  972716
January 22, 2012 6:05 PM
^^
I dont understand WHY some people are so upset at the choices others make---maybe the plan you are following is working great for you...
OTHERS may need an extra "kick"---something to jump start their weight loss or help with plateuas...whatever the case..it's their choice--this is a support site for weight loss!!! Geez!!
  13524846
January 22, 2012 6:07 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

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Anyone telling you taking a pill is a quick solution is wrong. You have to work just as hard to lose you weight! The medication is just another tool to assist you in weight loss.


If you have to work just as hard, why in the hell would you add so much risk into the equation?



As I mentioned, its another tool to help you be successful. You still have to learn to eat correctly, you still have to work out. This medication is for short term induction into a healthier lifestyle. Normally after 2-3 months, you transition off the medication, but you are left with the skills to maintain you program.


good point here!
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