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Duromine Diet

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author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
Duromine Diet
Duromine is a medication that help suppress the appetite. Photo Credit olvas/iStock/Getty Images

Duromine is a brand name for a prescription medication available outside the United States. It is similar to brand drugs that contain phentermine such as Adipex-P. No one drug is going to help you lose weight by itself. Medications such as Duromine will only work in combination with a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and exercise plan. Talk to your doctor before taking any drug containing phentermine such as Duromine. Duromine may be habit forming and should be taken only for a limited time.

Use

Duromine contains the appetite suppressant phentermine, a drug which will decrease hunger and help you feel full longer. Duromine is meant to aid in a diet program for those who are morbidly obese. It is not appropriate for those who just want to drop a few pounds. Only effective with an overall plan to lose weight, the drug itself does nothing to promote fat burning or increase metabolism.

Diet

A diet that works in combination with medication should be low-fat and reduce overall calorie intake. The key to weight loss is math: you must burn more calories than you eat to create a deficient. It takes a deficient of 3,500 calories to lose 1 lb. of fat. To accomplish this, you must eat healthful foods and exercise regularly. The doctor who prescribes the medication will help you develop a plan to develop new eating habit.

Dosage

A common dosage for drugs containing phentermine would entail a single time-release capsule taken in the morning or one pill 30 minutes before meals. The exact dosage will depend on the strength of the medication, so follow your doctor’s instructions. Take phentermine only for the time period your doctor recommends. This may be around three to six weeks.

Considerations

Weight loss programs that include a prescription drug such as Duromine as a tool for dieting need monitoring by a medical professional. Medical supervision may be the key for many obese individuals to develop healthy lifestyles. Weight loss requires you to change your thinking about food; clinical support can teach you behavior modification. The drug may help control appetite, but the benefit may be in the overall program. A physician that prescribes this approach should offer other tools such as counseling and meal planning that work in conjunction with the drug. A medical environmental can help you change your lifestyle to keep the pounds off and maintain a healthy weight.

Warnings

There are side effects to drugs such as Duromine that contain phentermine. Do not take Duromine if currently taking any prescription drug without consulting your doctor. MedlinePlus warns anyone taking Prozac or MAO inhibitors should not take phentermine. If you have diabetes, do not take this drug without the consent of your physician. Phentermine may interfere with your insulin dosage. Side effects may include dry mouth, diarrhea and vomiting. If you feel dizzy, short of breath or develop swelling in your legs or ankles, call you doctor immediately.

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