We can help you lose weight with the assistance of medical direction and prescribed weight loss medication. When you work with our doctors at ThriveMD, we take a close look at your personal goals, body type, and metabolism to build a weight loss plan that’s right for you.

At ThriveMD, we use tried and true methods endorsed by our weight loss doctor in order to get you the results you’re looking for. Before prescribing phentermine, each patient is medically evaluated to determine if prescription appetite suppressants are the right treatment option for you.


What is Phentermine?

Phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira) is an amphetamine-like prescription medication used to suppress appetite. It can help weight loss by decreasing your hunger or making you feel full longer.

The most common brand names currently on the market include Acxion, Adipex, Duromine, Elvenir, Fastin, Lomaira (phentermine hydrochloride), Panbesy, Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate), Razin, Redusa, Sentis, Suprenza, and Terfamex.


How does phentermine work?

Phentermine works by suppressing hunger signals to the hypothalamus, which is located at the foot of the human brain. The hypothalamus is responsible for triggering hunger response in the body.

When the brain is in this state, you don’t feel hungry because the signals telling your brain that you are hungry are effectively “turned off.” In addition to blocking hunger signals, phentermine also triggers the release of hormones like adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine, which help burn fat, provide your body with a boost of energy throughout the day and improve your mood.

The effectiveness of phentermine can be aided with a healthy diet and exercise.


Who is phentermine recommended for?

Phentermine is intended to be used as part of an overall weight-loss plan, indicated for individuals struggling with obesity, or those who have failed to lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone.

Although this capsule is very safe and effective, phentermine is not recommended for everybody, such as individuals looking to “drop a few pounds.” We don’t prescribe phentermine to individuals with a history of heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, glaucoma, overactive thyroid, high blood pressure, or those with a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Like many medications, phentermine is also not recommended for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breast-feeding.

It’s important for you to tell us about any medications you are currently taking, as the contents of some medications may counteract the effects of phentermine or cause adverse effects.


Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss with Phentermine

According to Healthline.com, the average weight loss when taking phentermine is 3% of your initial body weight after 3 months and 5–7% after 6 months. Doctors may prescribe it intermittently, meaning you take a break from the medication for a set period of time before resuming it.

According to verywellmind.com, phentermine is absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and reaches peak concentrations in the blood in three to 4.4 hours, by which time you should start feeling the effects, alerting you that the drug is working.

According to WebMD, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, severe tiredness) if you suddenly stop using this medication. To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used phentermine for a long time or in high doses.