The Longevity Of Phentermine
Posted: January 29, 2013
Over the years there have been many prescription diet pills on the market and almost all of them have one thing in common, they all lose their Food and Drug Administration approval over time. That is except for one Phentermine, this has been the most successful and by far the longest lasting prescription diet pill on the market for over forty years. Its ability to stay approved by the FDA for so long has given many a false sense of safety and leads many to using it with or without a doctor’s approval.
A Look Back
Phentermine was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1959, and finally became publicly available in the 1970s.
One of the few setbacks for Phentermine is when the DEA labeled it a schedule IV drug similar to that of amphetamines.
It is probably most famous for its combination with Fenfluramine to form Fen/Phen the popular diet pill combination of the early 90s. The combination was short lived and by t1997 the FDA asked that it be removed from the market after reports of valvular heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, primarily in women who had been undergoing treatment with Fen/Phen. Even through all this Phentermine was found to be not a major part of the problem and remained in good standing with the Food and Drug Administration.
In 2012 Phentermine was used in with another medication called Topiramate to create the diet pill Qsymia, the first new prescription diet pill to hit the market in years. Topiramate is an anticonvulsant (antiepilepsy) drug that doctors have used for years as a weight loss aid even before FDA approval.
The future of Phentermine seems pretty good, as long as it is treated with the caution and respect it deserves. Only use this pill if you are under a doctor’s care and realize that it takes a complete lifestyle change to lose weight.