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Prescription Diet Reviews

written by: Robin Reichert • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 10/6/2009

A discussion of what prescription diet reviews reveal and some of the best prescribed diets.

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    Prescription diet reviews are immensely helpful; they can help you determine what prescription diet pills will work best for you. Quality prescription diet reviews should assess the diet pills’ ingredients, manufacturer claims, and should reveal any potential side effects. You can also do your own prescription diet reviews by assessing the products and researching the ingredients and claims associated with the prescription diet pills in question. When in doubt, talk with your doctor to find out more about prescription diet pills and what they can do for you. Here is some information on some of the most common prescription diet pills, their ingredients, and potential side effects.

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    Phentermine

    Phentermine is a generic form of a prescription diet pill that is sold under brand names like Znatryl, Adipex-P, Obenix, Oby-Cap, Lonamin, and Teramine. This pill is a stimulant that has similar properties to amphetamines and is not an ideal pill for people with cardiovascular conditions or hypertensive issues. This pill should also be avoided by individuals with an overactive thyroid, with glaucoma, and by individuals with an addictive personality. Pregnant women and breastfeeding women should not use Phentermine. This medication affects your nervous system and works on suppressing your appetite.

    The pill must be used in conjunction with dietary changes and exercise in order to prove truly effective. This medication cannot be used with other diet aids or prescribed pills, as it can cause pulmonary hypertension. Side effects associated with this medication include impaired thinking abilities, impaired reactions, and this medication can prove habit forming in some individuals. If you stop taking this medication, you may experience fatigue, depression, and/or withdrawal as well. The pills are taken on an empty stomach just before breakfast, or 10 to 14 hours before you go to bed. The medication is only recommended for short-term usage. Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages while using Phentermine.

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    Sibutramine Hydrochloride

    Sibutramine hydrochloride is the generic form of Meridia, a prescription diet pill. This pill is ideal for people that have hypertensive issues, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and elevated cholesterol levels. This diet pill is most effective when you combine the use of the medication with a healthy low calorie diet. The pills enhance the production of neurotransmitters including norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine that affect your nervous system. You can consume the pills with or without a meal, and take the pills as your doctor instructs. Usually you will be prescribed 10 mg one time daily. If you have not started losing weight after a month’s time, the dosage may be increased to 15 mg daily. Side effects associated with the medication include indigestion, gastrointestinal issues, lower back pain, constipation, increased coughing, dizziness, depression, dry mouth, headache, sleep disturbances, abdominal pain, sinus inflammation, and flu like symptoms. In some people, Merida can worsen hypertensive conditions, so regular monitoring of your blood pressure by your doctor is necessary. This pill should not be used if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant in the near future, or if you are breast feeding.
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    Resources

    Drugs.com for information on Phentermine at:

    http://www.drugs.com/phentermine.html

    Drugs.com for information on Sibutramine Hydrochloride at:

    http://www.drugs.com/pdr/sibutramine-hydrochloride.html