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My band doctor put me on phentermine when I couldn't seem to break a plateau. It gave me energy, but it made my hair fall out in clumps. I stopped taking it as soon as I realized that was the cause, but it took a good month for the Hair loss to stop. My BP is also much lower now that I'm no longer taking it.

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I took phentermine for a while. And it worked at first but just like everything else it stopped working and I gained everything and more back..

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RellaBelle, I took Phentermine when I was in my 40's and it works but, it can mess with your heart and you have to be very careful and stay in constant touch with your Dr. As to say which one would be the best WHO KNOWS but It is almost like you are on a high in the morning and mid afternoon I was like I didn't care about ANYTHING. This was just my experience.

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Thank you all SO much for replying with all of your experiences. I've never taken diet pills, not even Alli because I just don't trust them and you all have validated my distrust of them. I was just wondering because as I said in my post, a friend who had the sleeve is currently taking it and she seems to be doing alright. Though I will say with all of your experiences, I will steer clear. I have an appt with my PCP this coming Friday and I was wanting to speak with her about my weight and what options I had. I just moved to the area in Feb so I'll be meeting my PCP for the first time and will be immediately talking to her about my weight and what I would like to do [VSG]. I really don't like the sounds of the mind altering, mood altering effects that this medication seems to have on people. Not to mention needing to be weaned off of it once it is time to stop. I honestly did not realize it was an amphetamine. Yeah, definitely will NOT be partaking in that.

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I used to take it quite regularly. It made me very irritable and you have to drink gobs of Water with it to keep from being hungry. It does work for a while but you can build a tolerance to it...37.5 is the most I was ever on and could take. There were times I lost and times I just stayed stable.

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I think I took it several years ago, but it made me emotional & mood swingy. I also have a heart murmer (I was born with it), so I was afraid to use it in a long-term way. They took a diet drug called fen-phen off the market because it was giving people heart attacks or other heart issues. Phentermine was part of that. This drug scared me.

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It made me soooo grumpy, anxious, irritated ect. It works but you have to really be consistent and it will take about a year for full results. The pounds will pile right back on quick though as soon as you quit!

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I think that phentermine is a great crutch. Remove it and you fall right back into old habits. I had used it several times over the years but always regained what I lost plus 5 more pounds when I quit the phentermine. The last time I tried it I broke out in hives. I kind of think of the hives as a blessing as I finally made a decision to pursue surgery.

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Hi, I've taken Phentermine. I had a not very bright doctor prescribe it for me and tell me I would drop weight no problem. My appetite was curbed and I think I lost five lbs or something, but I would lie awake at night with my heart feeling like it was racing. Not a good feeling. I could tell it wasn't good for me.

She put my husband on it as well. When he went into the ER (probably not related to the Phentermine) his doctor thought it was a stupid decision of hers and pulled him off it right away.

From what I can tell it's basically a hyper-stimulant and about as good for your body as slamming Red Bulls all the time. I'd pass.

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I took phentermine for 2 weeks solid before I had to stop taking it or taking smaller doses because I couldn't sleep and my heart always raced. Once you stop taking it, your appetite returns with a force and you regain most if not all the weight. I lost ~25 lbs in a 3 month span of taking it on and off, but I did VSG still, so that's gotta tell ya something. It's also a drug that is not meant for long term use and loses its effect on your appetite over time. Wasn't worth it.

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I took it about 10 years ago for about 6 months along with Weight Watchers and lost about 50 pounds. I went off it because we wanted to get pregnant and I gained something like 20 pounds back in 6 weeks, it was ridiculous.

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I have used for a long time in and off. At first your not hungry and totally wired but after being on it for a while it starts to lose that effect. I have always gained the weight back and then some. If you have tried loosing weight and are struggling between surgery and using then I would recommend surgery.

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....

The only benefit I got out of the whole experience is that I wasn't required to do a supervised weight loss program before getting my band since I had gone through that ordeal. Good luck, but RUN!

I got a prescription, took one pill and didn't like the way it made me feel so I didn't take them again. But when my surgeon interview me he asked if I had taken them. I relied, "Yes, one pill." He said it was help with the process since I had a prescription for it.

My first visit was April 1, 14. I was approved May 7, 14. My surgery was July 3, 14.

Buy it for insurance purposes but don't take it.

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I've tried every known weight loss drug known including the Fen Phen and phentermine on it's own. I had no side effects from the phentermine but after about two weeks it was no longer effective on me. I would not use it again ever.

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Phentermine is no good. I've tried it and lost a lot of wieght but put it right back on when I stopped. It is so bad for your body please don't take it. I wss sleeved yesterday and I am very happy I did it. The pain is honestly not too bad and they glued my incisions so I expect no scars either.

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