Appetite Suppressants

Appetite suppressants affect the appetite-regulating region of the brain called the hypothalamus. 

They work by blocking the re-uptake of the chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine, which create that feeling of satiety you get after eating a big meal. With more of these chemicals circulating in your brain, you feel full, and eat less. Appetite suppressants are the cornerstone of the pharmacological approach to treating obesity. 

However, they are a controlled substance due to them being a stimulant as well.  There are guidelines in order to qualify for these medications.

Common Uses

These medications are appetite suppressants to be used along with diet, exercise and nutrition coaching for the short-term management of obesity. 

The longer you use the medicine, the less effective it may become.

Possible Side Effects

All of these prescription medications are amphetamine-based, stimulant drugs. 

Serious side effects, although rare, are possible. 

The most commonly occurring side effects associated with these medications include restlessness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping or dry mouth. 

If these become bothersome, discontinue the medication and contact the prescriber's office.

Phentermine 30 mg

Blue/Clear capsule is a sustained-release appetite suppressant used in conjunction with an overall diet plan to reduce weight. 

Phentermine stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. 

Phentermine is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity. 

Sustained-release or long-acting products such as these must be swallowed whole. 

Crushing or chewing them will destroy their long duration and may cause increased side effects.

Phentermine 30mg (yellow capsule)

Phentermine 30mg (yellow capsule) is a sustained-release appetite suppressant used in conjunction with an overall diet plan to reduce weight. 

This medication is Phentermine set in resin. The resin allows the compound to be released slowly into the blood stream. 

Phentermine stimulates the central nervous system, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure while decreasing your appetite. 

Phentermine can be used as a short-term supplement to an exercise and diet regimen in the treatment of obesity. Sustained-release or long acting products such as these must be swallowed whole. 

Crushing or chewing them will destroy their long-lasting effects and may increase the chance of side effects.

Phentermine 37.5mg (generic) & Adipex-P® (brand)

These are appetite suppressants commonly used in conjunction with diet and exercise to reduce weight. 

Phentermine stimulates the central nervous system, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. 

Phentermine is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.

Phendimetrazine 35 mg

This is the generic form of the medication Bontril®. 

It can be taken up to three times daily. Phendimetrazine stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. 

Phendimetrazine is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.

Bontril-SR®

This appetite suppressant is used in conjunction with diet and exercise to reduce weight. It is a sustained-release medication. 

Each capsule contains 105mg of phendimetrazine. 

Phendimetrazine is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity. 

It stimulates the central nervous system, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite.

Tenuate®

This appetite suppressant used in conjunction with an overall diet plan and exercise to reduce weight. 

Each tablet contains 75mg of the anorectic agent diethylproprion. 

It is available in a 75mg sustained-release tablet taken once daily or a 25mg tablet which can be taken up to 3 times daily. 

Diethylpropion stimulates the central nervous system, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. 

Diethylpropion is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.

Wellbutrin XL®

Bupropion hydrochloride extended-release is an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. 

At least one brand of bupropion (Zyban®) is used to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects. 

Bupropion selectively inhibits the neuronal reuptake of dopamine.

Topiramate (or Topamax®)

Topamax® contains an anti-convulsant property that calms the abnormal excitable nerve cells in the brain. 

This in turn helps you to get relief from binge eating that further avoids weight gain. It also gives relief from many other health problems. It also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full.