(Closed) Prescription Weight Loss Meds

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
47383 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I think they are just too risky. Too many times when doctors have started prescribing a weight loss pill, it has been shown to cause serious problems down the line. Rember fen-phen? It was shown to cause potentially fatal pulmonary hypertension and cardiac problems.

There is no substitute to learning new eating habits for life and starting to exercise, even if it starts with a walk to the end of the block and back.

I assure you I am no skinny minny who has never had a weight problem. I lost 110 lbs a few years ago on Weight Watchers and it changed my life.

Post # 5
1456 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’ll gladly share!

I have been on WW, atkins, and many other diets (and “lifestyle changes”). I know how to eat healthy, it was just really difficult for me to control my appetite and I would often go over caloric limits or ww points because I just felt so damn hungry, like couldn’t think about anything else but food, couldn’t sleep, physically achingly hungry. I was basically anoriexic as a young teenager, and I really think it messed up my metabolism, making it EXTREMELY difficult for me to lose weight.

Right now I am taking phentermine to control my appetite. I have been on it for approximately a month and a half, and so far I’ve lost 17 lbs. This is more weight than I have ever lost in my life, and I’m still losing. 17lbs in 6 weeks is even considered “slow” for phentermine… Some people report that they lose 20-30 lbs in a month. I’ve been eating about 900-1200 calories a day, and not really exercising other than light walking because I get really exhausted on so few calories. I do not feel hunger though, just weariness when I know I have to eat. I have some side effects that I struggle with, but if I can stay on the pills for another month or so, it will really kickstart me into the right direction.

I fully know that when I get off the pills that it will be an uphill battle for me to maintain and continue to lose, and that the pills are just a VERY short term crutch. But these past weeks have been the best I have ever felt about my weight and myself, because I am actually seeing results rather than losing maybe .3-.5 lbs a week if I’m lucky.

There is a great forum for phentermine, so if you want more info you can go there. One word of advice though, it is difficult to find a doctor who will prescribe it, and even more difficult to find one who will prescribe it without making you sign up for tons of other expensive weightloss things (shots, vitamins, special shakes, ect). This is because yes, it is frowned upon to lose weight this way. Like 

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julies1949 said, it’s better to do it on your own. But I knew for me, my self esteem, and where I was in my weightloss journey, phentermine was right for me.

Please PM me (and any one else who’s reading this) if you want more info.

Post # 6
5427 posts
Bee Keeper

If I am offending anyone who is for diet pills, I am sorry. But I wouldn’t even touch those things with a 10 foot pole… they are chemicals and who knows how your body will react until it’s too late. I had a friend of mine die after one dose. So not worth it to me. But if it works for you, great!

Post # 7
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

OP if you say you have a binge eating disorder, then I would recommend therapy for that disorder rather than appetite suppressents.  Your binging equals eating more than your body needs, and eating past the point where you are no longer hungry and have no more appetite.  Simply suppressing your appetite is not going to change that behavior.  

If you don’t want to see a therapist, then a dietitian or nutritionist might be a good choice.  You need to change your relationship with food, and understand why you are sometimes driven to a binge, as well as how to cope with whatever triggers without turning to excess amounts of food. If you do not change the actual behavior, any weight you lose whilst on appetite suppressents will come right back as soon as you stop taking them.

Post # 8
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

An appetite suppressant is not going to help control your binge eating disorder.  BED is a psychological disorder.  When I binge eat, it is not because I am hungry at all, there are deeper underlying issues.  I would encourage you to seek therapy or explore the feelings you have that trigger a binge.  

Post # 9
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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