Phentermine and Pregnancy

When pregnant, you should always take extra precaution regarding the type of medications, even if they are just supplements, that you take in. Even the amount of vitamin A that comes into your body is lowered, right? That is why you have a different set of multi vitamins for pregnant women.

This is the same with diet pills. If you suspect that you might be pregnant, is currently pregnant or planning to be one, read the instructions and reminders below before you take any of the phentermine diet pills prescribed to you. Better yet, inform your doctor that you are pregnant/planning to be one before he gives you the prescription for phentermine.

Phentermine– what is it?

Phentermine is a powerful anorectic drug similar in composition to the amphetamines. This means it can be addictive but it is very effective in curbing your appetite. Its full name is phentermine hydrochloride and has long been used as an anti-obesity agent in helping people rapidly lose weight.

Because of its potency and a possible addicting quality, the FDA has approved its sale via prescription only. It is a highly regulated drug so if you see imitations of Phentermine being sold online, just remind yourself that this is illegal.

Phentermine and Pregnancy

Although there are no hard proof studies that show that phentermine is dangerous for pregnant women, just like with any drug, special care must be done if you want to take phentermine while you are pregnant. Your best bet is to tell your doctor that you are pregnant or suspect that you might be, if he prescribes you with phentermine. This is to just be on the safe side.

Phentermine is known to mimic some heart problems as its side effects like an elevated blood pressure, increased pulse rate, higher body temperature etc. which are all present already if you are pregnant. You may experience an exaggerated version of these side effects if you take phentermine while pregnant.

Again, your best bet is to consult with your attending physician.

Why Phentermine can be harmful to pregnant women

As mentioned in the section above, a pregnant women is already susceptible to a number of inconveniences or symptoms. You may already experience:

  • Some difficulty in breathing
  • Water retention and changes in your bowel movement
  • Nausea, vomitting (hello morning sickness!)
  • Insomnia (try sleeping on your left side to reduce pressure on some major arteries)
  • Increased blood pressure, pulse rate and heart palpitations

Combine that with the possibility of phentermine also producing the same side effects, then you are in for one inconvenient ride. Plus, phentermine is a powerful anorectic, so you do not want to deprive your unborn child of proper nutrition by being too restrictive with your diet, right?

There are alternatives to Phentermine with a proven less pronounced side effects. You can try taking Phentramin-d, which is approved by the FDA to be sold as an over the counter drug. It is just as powerful as a diet pill but the formulation allows it to have nearly no side effects (or at the very least, less pronounced and obvious). If you are pregnant, you can consider this although it is best to consult this with your doctor, too.

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