Original email for context: I have been using Phentabz by Lexium and they are great…….but don’t seem to work as well after a while…what appetite suppressants do you recommend? Phentermine?
I’ve personally never used any appetite suppressants. This is of course ultimately up to you and your doctor, but I have found that when you are on the correct dose of hCG, it’s already a natural appetite suppressant, and additional ones really are not necessary. So adjusting hCG dosage is usually all you need which you can get help with at the link I just gave you.
A little further, I think appetite suppressants can actually be damaging/harmful to your ability to maintain post hCG as it will mess with your normal hunger signals.
While I don’t much about these drugs, it seems that coming off them leaves you in a different state than when you began them.
About PhentabZ by Lexium
Here’s what I found regarding the one you mentioned. About PhentabZ –
There are 3 main active ingredients in them – here’s a few things about them here:
Another article here says of one of the main ingredients, “DMAA, dimethylamylamine, is a stimulant which, similarly to caffeine, causes a spike of energy. The structure is similar to ephederine and adrenaline, which have been used in pre-workout supplements.”
I think the concern to me here is how stimulating exactly is it? When you stimulate your adrenals by spiking your adrenaline, this can quickly cause adrenal fatigue, which will result in longer term fatigue which can make maintenance and good choices difficult later because you have such low energy. What I don’t know is if the adrenaline increase is similar to a cup of coffee or two which wouldn’t be bad, or something greater that has more potential for causing this fatigue later.
This article mentions a few things about how phentermine operates:
“Phentermine is a controlled substance, and should only be taken for a short period of time (no more than three weeks)”
“Phentermine makes the nervous system operate in a kind of “fight-or-flight” mode by stimulating brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters.” (this is concerning)
“Phentermine is a stimulant that is habit-forming.”
One important key point if you are already on an appetite suppressant, is the article above states that gradually weaning off with lower dosages may really help reduce the withdrawal affects, so that may be important if you chose to stop it.
This woman has a great article about her personal experience weaning off Phentermine – and you may like it because ultimately she did feel glad she’d used it to get to her goal (this is non-hCG related by the way) but also described some known issues and how she handled them:
Sorry that I don’t more, but hopefully this gives you some food for thought.