Almost everyone has tried some weight loss scheme, whether it be purchasing exercise equipment from a late night infomercial or purchasing some bogus diet pill. Granted, at least 90 percent of the so-called weight loss drugs on the market do not work at all. But there are some weight loss drugs that can be effective. They can be over-the-counter or prescription.

When I was a junior in high school (the days when Ephedra was legal), I began taking Metabolife, under the guidance of my parents and doctor of course. This medicine actually did work. Metabolife, along with working out on the treadmill at my home at least 4 days a week, helped me lose about 25 pounds.

I stopped taking this pill, and when I decided to take it again, I went and purchased some. But of course it wasn’t effective anymore because the ephedrine was removed from the product. So I went in search of another weight loss helper.

parents and doctor of course

I came across Phentermine. Phentermine was one half of the medication Fen-Phen, which was taken off the market in 1997 due to causing extreme heart problems in some people that took it. The other half, fenfluramine, was taken off the market for good. Phentermine remains available by prescription.

A lot of people can get Phentermine from their general family doctor and a lot of women get it prescribed by their OB/GYN. I get mine from a local weight loss clinic. The total for a months worth of Phentermine, plus the visit, is usually around $60.

I first started taking Phentermine in 2004 and I lost a whopping 50 pounds on it. It causes extreme energy, not just the jitters. When taking it, I actually wanted to get up and be active. Working out, enjoying the outdoors, whatever. I was just against sitting on my butt while taking this medication. Even while sitting at school or work I was constantly moving.

It also decreases my appetite to the point where I sometimes don’t want to eat all day. Some people may enjoy this but I am hypoglycemic. I actually did go a whole day without eating (not while on Phentermine though) and ended up passing out in someones kitchen, which resulted in a busted lip and black eyes. So while on Phentermine you may have to remind yourself that you MUST eat something, even if it is just some string cheese, some fruit, or a handful of nuts.

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Some side effects I experienced while on Phentermine were dry mouth and occasional moodiness or mood swings. This drug can give you a major feeling of euphoria the first few hours of taking the pill, then rapidly change into grumpiness.

If you are obese and seriously looking to lose some major weight, this may be the thing you are looking for. This is NOT a drug for girls who think they are fat (the ones that weigh 150 and want to weigh 135). It is for people that NEED to lose weight for the sake of their health. If you think you qualify for this drug, consult your doctor.


When she’s not pretending to be important at her day job, Weetabix rides the prairies of Wisconsin on her trusty steed, Nickles, with her constant companion, a Pekin duck named Lucien. Together, the threesome fights crime and also solves mysteries, while educating the women of this fine land in the importance of appropriate foundation garments. She also has a personal online journal called That’s My Bix, contributes to an American Idol live blog, a half-hearted culinary companion blog, and a size-acceptance blog. You can also hear her dulcet voice on a podcast called 3 Fast 3 Furious. Weetabix’s hobbies include making peanut butter and bananas sandwiches and wearing warm socks.