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How does phentermine work as a prescription weight loss drug?

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Phentermine stimulates the release of brain chemicals that will manipulate your mind to curb your appetite, so you feel full and eat less. Your doctor may prescribe this under the names Adipex or Suprenza. It's approved for short-term use (a few weeks) only.

From: Prescription Weight Loss Drugs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity."

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Completed Safety Review of Xenical/Alli (orlistat) and Severe Liver Injury" and "Medications Target Long-Term Weight Control."

MedlinePlus: "Phentermine."

News release, FDA.

MedlinePlus.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 24, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity."

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Completed Safety Review of Xenical/Alli (orlistat) and Severe Liver Injury" and "Medications Target Long-Term Weight Control."

MedlinePlus: "Phentermine."

News release, FDA.

MedlinePlus.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 24, 2018

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