Phentermine (Duromine)

Last updated 25.08.13

 

Index

 

 

Definition

-    Adrenergic stimulant used to reduce appetite in weight loss

 

Features

-    Dopaminergic agonist

-    Only available for short term prescription up to 3 months

-    Needs to be used in combination with co-ordinated diet & exercise program

-    Drug of abuse: stimulant

-    Mean weight loss 3.6kg in 2-24 weeks

 

Indications

-    Obesity with BMI >30 or 25 if associated with comorbidities

 

Contraindications

-    HTN

-    Pulmonary HTN

-    AF, SVT..

-    Hyperthyroidism

-    Depression

-    Anoerxia nervosa

-    Galucoma

-    Atherosclerosis

-    MAOIs

 

Side Effects

-    Insomnia

-    Palpitations

-    HTN

-    Chest pain

-    Restlessness or nervousness

-    Tremors

-    Headaches

-    Dizziness

-    Nausea

-    Vomiting

-    Diarrhoea or constipation

-    Stomach cramps

-    Syncope

-    Shortness of breath

-    Impotence

-    Dry mouth

-    Oedema: facial

 

Dosage

-    15, 30 or 40mg tablets

 

 

 

References

 

Duromine Consumer Information: www.betterhealth.voc.gov.au