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Woman loses 60 pounds with phentermine
Tuesday, May 04, 2004 2:40 pm Email this article
Brenda, a 50 year old woman from New York, has struggled with weight her entire life. "I was overweight since I was a baby," she recalls. "No one else in my family was overweight but me." Over the years she tried numerous diet programs as well as various drugs and drug combinations to lose weight. "Years ago I had taken fenfluramine. It helped me lose weight, but it made my headaches worse."
Since childhood Brenda has also had to deal with migraines and cluster headaches (a severe form of headaches involving sudden sharp pain on one side of the head).
100 LBS WEIGHT LOSS
In 1987 she switched to a purely vegan diet, one containing no animal products, no added fat, and no sweets.
“I didn’t give up animal products for any philosophical reasons or for the love of animals,” Brenda admits. “I did it just to lose weight, and lost nearly 100 lbs. I went from 224 lbs down to 128.”
For nine years she maintained her weight by diet and exercise alone.
“My exercise involves using a treadmill for about 50 minutes a day.”
60 LBS WEIGHT GAIN WITH HEADACHE MEDICINE
Although the weight loss and vegan diet normalized her blood pressure and cholesterol it did not improve her headaches.
“I still had migraines and cluster headaches,” Brenda said.
“I’ve tried numerous medications, including anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, and analgesics, but none of them helped. The only one that gives me some relief is Imitrex [sumatriptan], but it only works about half the time.”
Last summer at the urging of her husband Brenda sought treatment at the prestigious Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
“I had been to other headache centers like at Mount Siani, but no one has been able to help. I was willing to try anything in order to obtain relief from the daily cluster attacks.”
Unfortunately, the neurologist prescribed Periactin (cyproheptadine), a histamine H1 antagonist.
PERIACTIN INCREASED HER APPETITE
After starting on the Periactin (cyproheptadine) her appetite increased immediately.
“I would binge on cakes and candies, unable to stop,” Brenda admits.
She continued taking the medicine hoping its effect on appetite would subside and most of all hoping it would relieve the incapacitating pain of the headaches.
“The neurologist said that it might take three months to work. Being a compliant patient, I continued taking it hoping that eventually it would work. Obviously I knew I was gaining weight, but I decided that I would accept the obesity if I could get rid of the cluster headaches. But the drug never helped.”
By the time she stopped taking it she had ballooned to 185 lbs.
”[IT] WAS LIKE GIVING AN ALCOHOLIC A DRINK AND NOT TELLING THEM”
“I was horrified. I had gained nearly 60 lbs and still had the cluster attacks. When I researched Periactin I found that it has been used to stimulate appetite in various kinds of patients. I was extremely distressed at not having been informed of its potential to stimulate appetite and cause weight gain. To me that was like giving an alcoholic a drink and not telling them.”
LOSING IT WITH THE HELP OF PHENTERMINE
This time she decided she needed pharmacological help.
“I did not think that I could do it with diet alone this time, because the Periactin had reawakened an enormous appetite. So very reluctantly I started taking phentermine.”
LOST 42 POUNDS
Since September she has lost 42 lbs.
“I have 18 lbs to go,” Brenda reveals. “I’ve also cut out all refined carbohydrates, which is how I ate before taking the Periactin.”
INTERMITTENT USE OF PHENTERMINE, 2 OR 3 TIMES PER WEEK
Brenda has found that intermittent use of phentermine works best for her.
“At first I took it every day. Then I discovered that 2 or 3 times per week was enough. I usually take 30 mg at noon on Monday and Tuesday and very rarely once more during week, but never more than 3 pills per week.”
TAKING IT AT NOON WORKS BEST
She’s also figured out that taking it at noon seems to work best.
“I’ve never been one to be hungry in the morning. I don’t want anything to eat until noon. I found that if I took the phentermine first thing in the morning I would be ravenously hungry by one o’clock. But if I wait until noon to take it, it works better.”
TIME-RELEASE PHENTERMINE DID NOT WORK
Brenda found that time-released phentermine did not work for her.
“I was given some of the time-released phentermine, but it had no effect. Now I’m using a generic phentermine made by Mutual. It works just as well as the Adipex, and it’s less expensive. I think it’s important for people to know because a lot of people could be helped, but they think they can’t afford it.”
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