A Long Winter’s Nap

‘Tis the season. We indulge over the holidays and put on a few extra pounds. The dark of winter spurs us into hibernation mode so we gain a few pounds. You know, so we can live off our fat stores while we sleep or something. We know that’s a fallacy, but sometimes we just can’t help it. The winter can be so long and dreary.

So, what do we do with the extra pounds we accumulate so easily this time of year? Diet and exercise are always key, but what if those pounds are stubborn and don’t want to leave? Weight loss medication can help.

So Many Options

There are many medications available as a way to help people on their weight loss journey. Some of these medications are newer and quite expensive, and some of them are tried-and-true medications that have been around for a long time. Phentermine has a long history as a weight loss medication; it’s been around since 1959. As a result of its longevity, phentermine is cost effective and its benefits and side effects are well known.

Why Phentermine?

Some people seeking weight loss help might be hesitant to take phentermine because of the history of phen-fen. Approximately 30 years ago, phentermine was prescribed in combination with fenfluramine to accelerate weight loss, but it was discovered that the fen part of phen-fen caused heart problems. Fenfluramine was taken off the market as a result.

Phentermine remains available and has a lengthy history of being both an appetite suppressant and an energy booster. The combination of eating less and having the energy to exercise (or to exercise more frequently) supports weight loss in those who use it. Of course, phentermine has to be used in combination with proper nutrition, increased activity, and changes in behavior.

Phentermine is a short-term weight loss drug. It is generally used for three months but may be prescribed for as long as six months.  Phentermine has been shown to be effective for those in that category.

Benefits and Side Effects?

The benefits of weight loss are many. In overweight patients, a loss of between five and ten percent of body weight has significant positive impact on one’s general health. If your doctor suggests it to you, it’s because the benefits of this medication outweigh the risk of any side effects that may occur. Some possible side effects are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Stomach upset or diarrhea
  • Sleeplessness (insomnia)
  • An increase in anxiety for those who already experience it

HEBE Aesthetics and Vitality Can Help!

HEBE Aesthetics and Vitality  is available to support you through your weight loss journey. The focus of our team at HAV is not only helping patients lose weight, but making changes to their lifestyles that will allow them to maintain a healthy weight.. We offer a thorough program that features comprehensive blood work to look for imbalances in hormones that might be the cause of weight gain. At Hebe Aesthetics and Vitality, we understand that long-term weight loss requires more than just willpower. Our supervised weight loss program uses a range of medications, supplements, amino acids and vitamins to give you the best chance for success. For an appointment, please call (404) 261-5199 or (470) 607-3866 or email us at admin@hebeaestheticsandvitality.com.

Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.

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