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Found pillar spotlight: Phentermine

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Losing weight is hard.  From trendy diets to influencer workout routines and “get thin quick” schemes, it’s a challenge to choose where to start, especially when you have to sift through the millions of options out there. It’s an even bigger challenge to keep going if you aren’t seeing results. And a lot of people don’t. 

The truth is sometimes diet and exercise alone don’t lead to effective weight loss due to biological blockers. It’s not your fault, and it’s usually not something you can figure out or fix on your own. The good news is that medication may work with your body to help you lose weight. In fact, according to the Obesity Medicine Association, “Prescription medication doubles to triples the odds of losing 5-10% body weight (or more).” 

This is where Found comes in! In addition to lifestyle changes, Found’s personalized weight care program has a medical team that works with each member to determine if prescription medication can help them reach their weight loss goal. One of the many pharmaceutical treatments the Found medical team may offer is phentermine, an FDA-approved drug for weight loss.

What is phentermine?

Phentermine is an FDA-approved medication that physicians commonly prescribe for weight loss. It works by:

  • Suppressing appetite 

  • Making you feel full longer

Like other prescription weight-loss drugs, patients should use phentermine as part of an overall weight loss program. This is why it is just one piece of Found’s weight care plan, in conjunction with the other Found pillars: nutrition, mindful eating, movement, sleep, and emotional health.

Who can take phentermine?

The criteria for those who are eligible for phentermine is: 

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater, or

  • Your BMI is 27 or greater, and you have other risk factors related to obesity, such as diabetes, controlled high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

Although phentermine is an effective weight loss aid, it isn’t appropriate for everyone. The Found medical team evaluates each member to determine what medication, if any, will be appropriate, helping ensure that what we prescribe is safe and effective for the individual. People with heart disease, coronary artery disease, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, or uncontrolled high blood pressure, or who are pregnant or nursing shouldn’t take phentermine. In addition, those who have a history of substance abuse and those currently taking other weight loss medications or supplements shouldn’t take phentermine. 

Common side effects of phentermine include:

  • Increased heart rate

  • Tingling or prickling feeling in hands or feet

  • Dry mouth

  • Sleeplessness

  • Nervousness

  • Constipation

Think prescription weight loss might be right for you?

We’d love to help by utilizing our expert team to set up the best path for your personalized weight care journey.

The Found journey starts with a health quiz. Your results determine the specific path that is the best fit for you. The “Rx Path” is Found’s most common plan. If eligible, you’ll meet virtually with a board-certified medical provider specializing in weight care who will take the time to understand your specific situation and prescribe the right medications for you. Medicines used for weight loss can work in different ways. No one medicine is appropriate for everyone, which is why Found works with a medical team and pharmacy to provide members access to the widest set of prescription medications on the market.

If you’re ready for a plan that leverages the power of modern science, click below to start the quiz. 

 *Patients should consult with their doctor to determine what medicine, if any, is appropriate.

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