There are advantages and disadvantages to using prescription medication like Phentermine in order to lose weight. Many people can’t use it as it is restricted to patients who need it, rather than those who want to look and feel better. So, what if you want to use something powerful like this drug but it is not medically necessary for you to do so?
We’ll get to that in a bit, but first here’s a bit of background on Phentermine.
What is Phentermine?
Phentermine (Phen) is a prescription-only drug which suppresses the appetite. It has been in production for over 50 years, and can be prescribed to patients who are either obese or are medically at risk due to their weight. The full name of the drug is phenyl-tertiary-butylamine. Many people would want to
The principal action of Phentermine is to stimulate the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (or noradrenaline). It can increase levels of seratonin and dopamine as well, although to a lesser extent. This mechanism alone reduces the user’s perception of hunger, known more commonly as appetite suppression.
The drug can have some effect outside the brain, which increases adrenaline and noradrenaline levels. These two can break down stored fat to be used as energy.
Since its inception in the 1950s, Phentermine has been the most prescribed drug in the world. It has been very successful, yes, but anything that has been around that long – whether it’s drugs, technology or even knowledge – it tends to be out of date, if not completely then by some margin at least.
Is There A Better Way?
While Phentermine is powerful, it shows its age by packing only one major effect: appetite suppression. Also, it may have some undesirable side effects that potentially outnumber the positive ones.
Taking all that into consideration, the ideal weight loss pill would be:
- Effective on Multiple Levels (appetite suppression, thermogenic fat burning, carb blocking etc.)
- Available to Everyone
Modern Alternatives to Phentermine
With advancements in both scientific and technology, there are products, such as PhenQ, which tick all the above boxes and make the original Phentermine obsolete. Why bother trying to get a doctor to give you a prescription for a 60 year old appetite suppressant, that may cause negative side effects when can get a cleaner formulation? A multi-tasking formulation that can burn fat, prevent the formation of new fat cells, and even detox your system…and yes, suppress your appetite.
Are Diet Pills Really as Effective as Doctor Prescribed Drugs?
What people don’t often realize is that prescription medications are often controlled like they are because of limitations, rather than potency. They do tend to be stronger in some senses that most over-the-counter options, however, they are also more prone to giving side effects or reacting with other chemicals and medications. They are also protected by pharmaceutical patents, which makes a lot of difference to whether they can or cannot be sold to everyone.
Diet Pills, on the other hand, tend NOT to include ingredients which are either controversial or patented by one specific pharmaceutical company. They DO often include patented compounds, but supplement companies can escape some of the stringent rules that are imposed on the medical drug manufacturers, driving down the cost and making them available to anyone (over the age of 18 in most countries). Mainly, the fact that an ingredient has a good safety record is what makes this possible.
As a result, diet pills of the supplement variety can be virtually as strong as their ‘controlled drug’ counterparts but do not require a prescription as they are usually safer and containing more accessible ingredients.
The good news is that effective, affordable, safe alternatives are available. Just look at PhenQ as a perfect example.
BOTH drugs and supplements have one thing in common: they only work as part of a more complete plan by the user. Exercise and healthier nutrition are musts if a pill of any kind is to help you lose weight. A quality diet pill will help take a few hundred calories off your total per day. Medication will do the same.
Finally, there are two other reasons for the perception that prescribed medication is stronger than diet pills
1) When a patient has been prescribed a diet pill it is always due to medical necessity. This person needs to lose weight in order to be healthy, or even survive! Therefore, said patient is more likely to adopt the sometimes rigorous regime the doctor imposes. They are scared, for want of a better word, and they act accordingly.
Many people who simply want to shift a few pounds don’t have the same urgency, and so don’t adopt the lifestyle of someone needing to lose weight. In fact, they believe the diet pill should do it all for them, and some users get even slacker with regard to their eating and exercise habits.
2) There are many shoddy products on the supplement market, and they give the whole industry a bad name. A lot of potential customers are put off altogether if they have used a useless diet pill. These cowboy companies give the market a bad reputation. Unfortunately for the good diet pill manufacturers, the really jaded customers will be very vocal on forums and chatrooms about how nothing works.
In our experience there are some really good quality diet pills that will help you achieve your weight loss goals. We do our best to find them and report it to our readers.