What Is Phendimetrazine Used For? -- An Overview
) is a prescription medication approved as a short-term weight loss aid. It is not intended for long-term use or for use without an appropriate diet plan.
With obesity on the rise (see Obesity Statistics)
, many people are looking 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 obesity is caused by an identifiable medical condition, such as hypothyroidism
. Exogenous obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little. Phendimetrazine is meant to treat exogenous obesity. It is not meant to treat obesity due to a known medical cause.
Phendimetrazine is approved for short-term use only (a few weeks), along with an appropriate diet, to treat obesity in people 12 years old and over. For this use, phendimetrazine works mostly as an appetite suppressant, although it may also help to increase metabolism. After a few weeks, the appetite suppressant effect of phendimetrazine usually wears off. When this happens, the medication should be stopped; it should not be increased or continued in any way.