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Weight loss drug phentermine, safe and effective for long term use: Study


A study recently found that the drug called Phentermine, which can only be used for a short while, may also be safe and effective for longer-term treatment.

The inexpensive drug is approved to use. However, it can only be used for a period of three months and no longer than that. The researchers tried to understand how the long term use of this drug affects the general population. This study was published in the

The said, "Although diet and exercise are critical components of any weight-loss program, up to half of the patients don't have long-term success with lifestyle changes alone. In some cases, medications or can help. Generic is an effective and affordable option, but now that we view as a chronic disease, it's important to have medications that can be used indefinitely. Most new weight-loss are approved for long-term use, but unfortunately, the newer can be expensive if they are not covered by insurance."

The researchers analyzed data from the electronic records of 13,972 adults who were prescribed for short-term use versus longer-term use of a year or more. The people whose records were analyzed in the study did not have evidence of and most were young or middle-aged women.

They then compared and changes in blood pressure for up to two years, and the risk of heart attack, or death for up to three years, according to a patient's duration of medication use.

The researchers found that people who stayed on phentermine longer experienced greater than those who took the drug for three months or less, and longer-term use was not associated with increases in blood pressure or increased risk of heart attack, or death.

"In general, the longer patients were on the the more weight loss they had, not surprisingly, when patients stopped taking the weight was regained, "said Lewis.

However, the researchers cautioned that phentermine is a stimulant and should not be used in people with a history of heart disease, or uncontrolled But for those with low cardiac risk, normal blood pressure or that is well treated, it could be a good and affordable option.

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First Published: Sat, March 23 2019. 13:11 IST