Phentermine is great as an appetite suppressant, energy booster and mood elevator, however for some individuals it comes with side effects. Some of the side effects include dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, constipation, food aversion with gustatory changes.
In term of gustatory changes, I’m referring to changes in the way you taste things. Phentermine alters how your taste buds sense flavors. This sort of phenomena occurs in pregnant women as well due to changes in hormone balances.
Generally, you don’t have to be concerned as these side effects often subside in a few days to a week. So, let’s take a look at some of these side effects in greater depth.
- Insomnia – given the fact that Phentermine is a stimulant, it might not be surprising that it might keep you up at night. This doesn’t have to happen. Phentermine should be taken in the morning. Don’t take it after 5pm and that should take care of the insomnia problem. If that doesn’t do the trick, then you might need to lower your dose. Sleep is very important so if you are having problems with this, make sure to take care of the problem right away.
- Dry mouth – this is probably the commonest side effect of phentermine. Many medicines generate dry mouth. If you haven’t experienced this, you may think there’s nothing to it. However, those who have experienced it will tell you a different story. This gives a sensation of insatiable thirst. So, drinking a lot of water while on phenomena in important. If dry mouth persists, it can cause bad breath, ulcers, sore gums and even tooth decay. Make sure to keep a water bottle with you because you’ll need to take sips throughout the day. Eating fresh fruits through the day is another way to help combat dry mouth. This helps to stimulate your salivary glands to produce more saliva. Dry mouth tends to desensitize your taste buds. To taste food, it needs to be wet with saliva. It’s possible that phentermine alters your sense of taste altogether such that you get an entirely different taste for certain foods. For example, popcorn tastes like fish. This may generate a food aversion. Some suggest that you put some cayenne pepper on your food as this has a stimulating effect upon taste buds.
- Constipation – to some extent constipation and dry mouth can go together. You need to keep well hydrated when taking phentermine. It is recommended to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Stay away from coffee, colas, alcohol and refined sugar as they act as diuretics (make more urine) which makes it more difficult to have a bowel movement due to the lack of water in the stool. Take in foods that are high in fiber such as whole grains, beans, fruit and veggies to keep your gut eliminating properly.
- Dizziness – to deal with the dizziness issue, you need to keep well hydrated so drink a lot of water. Dizziness is often caused by dehydration. Dizziness can also be caused by a lack of food so make sure you eat on a regular basis when on phentermine. Nausea – again, this can be a dehydration problem. Drink plenty of water. If you forget to eat or eat to little, you can experience nausea. Make sure to eat on a regular basis and keep your daily caloric intake up around 1,200 calories per day. If you need a quick remedy for nausea, some suggest ginger in tea form or try peppermint/mint tea.
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