What Is Benzphetamine Used For?
) is a prescription medication approved as a short-term weight-loss aid.
With obesity on the rise (see Obesity Statistics)
, many people are searching for products to help with weight loss. Although the ideal weight
-loss plans focus on gradual weight loss by eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity (see How to Lose Weight)
, many people have difficulty following such plans (or feel they need extra assistance in their efforts). Before turning to drastic measures such as weight-loss surgery
, many people consider using weight-loss pills
, especially if they have unsuccessfully tried to control their obesity (and exercise and diet have been ineffective).
Obesity can be divided into two categories, endogenous obesity and exogenous obesity. Endogenous obeisty is caused by an identifiable medical condition, such as hypothyroidism. Exogenous obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little. Benzphetamine is meant to treat exogenous obesity (meaning it is not meant to treat obesity due to a known medical cause).
Benzphetamine is approved for short-term use (a few weeks), along with an appropriate diet for obesity treatment in people 12 years old and over. For this use, benzphetamine works mostly as an appetite suppressant, although it may also help to increase metabolism. After a few weeks, the appetite suppressant effect of benzphetamine usually wears off. When this happens, benzphetamine should be stopped (it should not be increased or continued in any way).