Mixing Alcohol and Phentermine
Phentermine is a weight loss drug that’s becoming one of the most commonly used of its kind in the U.S., but what should you know about it? More specifically are there possible interactions and side effects of mixing alcohol and Phentermine?
Below is an overview of what it is, and what you should know about mixing alcohol and Phentermine.
It’s important for patients to use phentermine in conjunction with diet and exercise, and the objective when doctors prescribe is to help patients lose weight to reduce their risk of serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
While doctors aren’t entirely sure how phentermine works, they believe it decreases appetite in people, by interacting with certain parts of their brain, and it may also increase the amount of energy the body uses.
Phentermine is part of a class of drugs called sympathomimetic amines.
Some of the possible interactions and side effects of Phentermine can include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Problems with bowel movements
- Dry mouth
- Having a false sense of well-being
- Itching or skin
- Erectile problems
- Redness of the skin
There are also more severe possible side effects such as chest pain, dizziness, fainting, fast heart rate, headache, numbness or tingling of the arms or legs, and breathing problems. If you have these side effects, you should contact your doctor.
There are possible interactions between phentermine and other drugs as well. For example, it’s not recommended that you take it with MAO inhibitors or other appetite-suppressing drugs. Before taking this drug you’re also instructed to tell your doctor about any other medicines, supplements or vitamins you use, and in particular, you should discuss stimulants or opioids that you might be taking.
Phentermine is a controlled substance designed for short-term use, and it’s generally reserved for people with a body mass index of more than 30.
Phentermine likely impacts the nervous system and stimulates neurotransmitters in the brain.
If someone takes it for longer than they’re instructed or takes large doses, they may not only become addicted, but they may become depressed or experience fatigue when they attempt to stop using it.
People with a history of drug or alcohol abuse are advised not to take phentermine.
People are warned against mixing alcohol and phentermine. First, the interactions and side effects of mixing alcohol and phentermine are likely to be more severe than either substance on its own. For example, phentermine side effects can include nausea, dry mouth, sleep problems, and issues with heart rate and blood pressure. All these can be made worse when mixing alcohol and phentermine.
The makers of phentermine warn that when mixing alcohol and phentermine, you may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular side effects such as chest pains and raised blood pressure. Also, even having only a small amount of alcohol can raise the risk of having a heart attack or stroke if you’re obese, have heart disease and are taking phentermine.
Another reason you shouldn’t think about mixing alcohol and phentermine is because it raises your risk of addiction. Both substances are addictive on their own, and if you take them together, you may be more likely to abuse them.
Phentermine is a stimulant, and alcohol is a depressant, so when you’re mixing alcohol and phentermine you may be canceling out the effects of the medicine, and it may not be as effective as it would be otherwise.
There are a lot of ways alcohol, in general, can sabotage weight loss efforts as well. For example, alcohol is full of sugar and empty calories, and it can also make you feel tired and less likely to be physically active. Since alcohol affects the liver, it may also make it harder for your body to burn fat, and you may be more likely to make the wrong food choices when you’re drinking.
There is also a potential for abuse with the use of Phentermine, and mixing alcohol and Phentermine may make you more likely to abuse one or both substances, or to become addicted.
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