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Phentermine hydrochloride, USP has the chemical name of α,α-Dimethylphenethylamine hydrochloride. The structural formula is as follows:


Phentermine hydrochloride is a white, odorless, hygroscopic, crystalline powder which is soluble in water and lower alcohols; slightly soluble in chloroform and insoluble in ether.

Phentermine hydrochloride, an anorectic agent for oral administration, is available as:

powder-filled capsules containing 30 mg phentermine hydrochloride (equivalent to 24 mg phentermine) and inactive ingredients: corn starch, magnesium stearate, lactose anhydrous. In addition, the natural/blue capsules contain gelatin, D&C Red # 28, and FD&C Blue # 1; the yellow/yellow capsules contain gelatin, D&C Yellow # 10, FD&C Red # 3, and titanium dioxide; and the black/black capsules contain gelatin, FD&C Yellow # 6, FD&C Blue # 1, and FD&C Red # 40. The imprinting ink for the natural/blue capsules and yellow/yellow capsules contains: shellac glaze in ethanol, iron oxide black, n-butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ethanol, methanol, FD&C Blue # 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red # 40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue # 1 Aluminum Lake, and D&C Yellow # 10 Aluminum Lake. The imprinting ink for the black/black capsules contains: shellac, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, yellow iron oxide, and dimethicone.
pellet-filled capsules containing 30 mg phentermine hydrochloride (equivalent to 24 mg phentermine) and inactive ingredients: sugar spheres, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, FD&C Blue # 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue # 1, and gelatin. The imprinting ink for the pellet-filled capsules contains: shellac glaze in ethanol, iron oxide black, n-butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ethanol, methanol, FD&C Blue # 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red # 40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue # 1 Aluminum Lake, and D&C Yellow # 10 Aluminum Lake.

Phentermine is a sympathomimetic amine with pharmacologic activity similar to the prototype drugs of this class used in obesity, the amphetamines. Actions include central nervous system stimulation and elevation of blood pressure. Tachyphylaxis and tolerance have been demonstrated with all drugs of this class in which these phenomena have been looked for.

Drugs of this class used in obesity are commonly known as "anorectics" or "anorexigenics." It has not been established that the action of such drugs in treating obesity is primarily one of appetite suppression. Other central nervous system actions, or metabolic effects, may be involved, for example.

Adult obese subjects instructed in dietary management and treated with "anorectic" drugs lose more weight on the average than those treated with placebo and diet, as determined in relatively short-term clinical trials.

The magnitude of increased weight loss of drug-treated patients over placebo-treated patients is only a fraction of a pound a week. The rate of weight loss is greatest in the first weeks of therapy for both drug and placebo subjects and tends to decrease in succeeding weeks. The possible origins of the increased weight loss due to the various drug effects are not established. The amount of weight loss associated with the use of an "anorectic" drug varies from trial to trial, and the increased weight loss appears to be related in part to variables other than the drugs prescribed, such as the physician-investigator, the population treated and the diet prescribed. Studies do not permit conclusions as to the relative importance of the drug and non-drug factors on weight loss.

The natural history of obesity is measured in years, whereas the studies cited are restricted to a few weeks' duration; thus, the total impact of drug-induced weight loss over that of diet alone must be considered clinically limited.

Phentermine hydrochloride is indicated as a short-term (a few weeks) adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on exercise, behavioral modification and caloric restriction in the management of exogenous obesity for patients with an initial body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2, or ≥ 27 kg/m2 in the presence of other risk factors (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia).

Below is a chart of Body Mass Index (BMI) based on various heights and weights.

BMI is calculated by taking the patient's weight, in kilograms (kg), divided by the patient's height, in meters (m), squared. Metric conversions are as follows: pounds ÷ 2.2 = kg; inches × 0.0254 = meters.


The limited usefulness of agents of this class (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY) should be measured against possible risk factors inherent in their use such as those described below.

Advanced arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, moderate to severe hypertension, hyperthyroidism, known hypersensitivity or idiosyncrasy to the sympathomimetic amines, glaucoma.

Agitated states.

Patients with a history of drug abuse.

During or within 14 days following the administration of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (hypertensive crises may result).

Phentermine hydrochloride capsules are indicated only as short-term monotherapy for the management of exogenous obesity. The safety and efficacy of combination therapy with phentermine and any other drug products for weight loss, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, paroxetine), have not been established. Therefore, coadministration of these drug products for weight loss is not recommended.

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)—a rare, frequently fatal disease of the lungs—has been reported to occur in patients receiving a combination of phentermine with fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine. The possibility of an association between PPH and the use of phentermine alone cannot be ruled out; there have been rare cases of PPH in patients who reportedly have taken phentermine alone. The initial symptom of PPH is usually dyspnea. Other initial symptoms include: angina pectoris, syncope or lower extremity edema. Patients should be advised to report immediately any deterioration in exercise tolerance. Treatment should be discontinued in patients who develop new, unexplained symptoms of dyspnea, angina pectoris, syncope or lower extremity edema.

Valvular Heart Disease: Serious regurgitant cardiac valvular disease, primarily affecting the mitral, aortic and/or tricuspid valves, has been reported in otherwise healthy persons who had taken a combination of phentermine with fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine for weight loss. The etiology of these valvulopathies has not been established and their course in individuals after the drugs are stopped is not known. The possibility of an association between valvular heart disease and the use of phentermine alone cannot be ruled out; there have been rare cases of valvular heart disease in patients who reportedly have taken phentermine alone.

Tolerance to the anorectic effect usually develops within a few weeks. When this occurs, the recommended dose should not be exceeded in an attempt to increase the effect; rather, the drug should be discontinued.

Phentermine may impair the ability of the patient to engage in potentially hazardous activities such as operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle; the patient should therefore be cautioned accordingly.

Usage with Alcohol

Concomitant use of alcohol with phentermine may result in an adverse drug interaction.


Caution is to be exercised in prescribing phentermine hydrochloride for patients with even mild hypertension.

Insulin requirements in diabetes mellitus may be altered in association with the use of phentermine and the concomitant dietary regimen.

Phentermine may decrease the hypotensive effect of guanethidine. The least amount feasible should be prescribed or dispensed at one time in order to minimize the possibility of overdosage.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Studies have not been performed with phentermine hydrochloride to determine the potential for carcinogenesis, mutagenesis or impairment of fertility.


Teratogenic Effects

Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with phentermine hydrochloride. It is also not known whether phentermine hydrochloride can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproductive capacity. Phentermine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mothers

Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

Cardiovascular: Primary pulmonary hypertension and/or regurgitant cardiac valvular disease (see WARNINGS), palpitation, tachycardia, elevation of blood pressure.

Central Nervous System: Overstimulation, restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dysphoria, tremor, headache; rarely psychotic episodes at recommended doses.

Gastrointestinal: Dryness of the mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, constipation, other gastrointestinal disturbances.

Allergic: Urticaria.

Endocrine: Impotence, changes in libido.

Phentermine is related chemically and pharmacologically to the amphetamines. Amphetamines and related stimulant drugs have been extensively abused, and the possibility of abuse of phentermine should be kept in mind when evaluating the desirability of including a drug as part of a weight reduction program. Abuse of amphetamines and related drugs may be associated with intense psychological dependence and severe social dysfunction. There are reports of patients who have increased the dosage to many times that recommended. Abrupt cessation following prolonged high dosage administration results in extreme fatigue and mental depression; changes are also noted on the sleep EEG. Manifestations of chronic intoxication with anorectic drugs include severe dermatoses, marked insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity and personality changes. The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxications is psychosis, often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia.

Manifestations of acute overdosage with phentermine include restlessness, tremor, hyperreflexia, rapid respiration, confusion, assaultiveness, hallucinations, panic states. Fatigue and depression usually follow the central stimulation. Cardiovascular effects include arrhythmias, hypertension or hypotension, and circulatory collapse.

Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Fatal poisoning usually terminates in convulsions and coma.

Management of acute phentermine intoxication is largely symptomatic and includes lavage and sedation with a barbiturate. Experience with hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis is inadequate to permit recommendations in this regard. Acidification of the urine increases phentermine excretion. Intravenous phentolamine has been suggested for possible acute, severe hypertension, if this complicates phentermine overdosage.

Dosage should be individualized to obtain an adequate response with the lowest effective dose.

Exogenous Obesity

The usual adult dosage is 15 to 30 mg at approximately 2 hours after breakfast for appetite control. Late evening medication should be avoided because of the possibility of resulting insomnia. Administration of one capsule (30 mg) daily has been found to be adequate in depression of the appetite for 12 to 14 hours.

Phentermine is not recommended for use in patients 16 years of age and under.

Phentermine hydrochloride capsules are supplied as:

30 mg powder-filled capsules, natural/blue; imprinted logo LANNETT on the cap and 1308 on the body, in bottles of 100 (NDC 0527-1308-01) and 1000 (NDC 0527-1308-10) capsules.

30 mg powder-filled capsules, yellow/yellow; imprinted logo LANNETT on the cap and 1310 on the body, in bottles of 100 (NDC 0527-1310-01) and 1000 (NDC 0527-1310-10) capsules.

30 mg powder-filled capsules, black/black; imprinted logo LANNETT on the cap and logo 0597 logo on the body, in bottles of 100 (NDC 0527-0597-01) and 1000 (NDC 0527-0597-10) capsules.

30 mg pellet-filled capsules, blue/white; imprinted logo LANNETT on the cap and 1438 on the body, in bottles of 100 (NDC 0527-1438-01) and 1000 (NDC 0527-1438-10) capsules.


Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Protect from moisture.

Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP, with a child-resistant closure (as required).

Manufactured by:
Philadelphia, PA 19136
Made in the USA

Repacked by:
H.J. Harkins Company, Inc.
Nipomo, CA 93444
Made in the USA

Revised 10/11


NDC 0527-1310-01




30 mg


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Phentermine hydrochloride tablets are indicated as a short-term (a few weeks) adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on exercise, behavioral modification and caloric restriction in the management of exogenous obesity in patients with an initial body mass index greater than or equal to 30 kg/m 2, or greater than ...

Can you lose 20 pounds in a month on phentermine? ›

In general, phentermine can help you lose 3-7% of your body weight. You can expect to lose anywhere from 3 lbs to 5 lbs a month on phentermine. Remember that phentermine is for short-term use only (a few weeks).

What is the difference between phentermine and phentermine hydrochloride? ›

The full drug name of Phentermine is termed as Phentermine HCL (Hydrochloride). Phentermine is the name of the generic form of the medication, however, it comes under the different brand names including Lomaira and Adipex-P. The active ingredients in all these formulas are however the same.

Are phentermine and Adderall similar? ›

Phentermine isn't at all like Adderall. You can't take Phentermine for ADHD. Nor should you take Adderall for weight loss. Phentermine has an intended purpose is for weight loss, and it's been through rigorous FDA testing to support this use.

What is phentermine hydrochloride used for? ›

Phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira) is a prescription medicine used to lessen appetite. It can help weight loss by making you less hungry. Or it can help you feel full longer. Phentermine also is offered combined with topiramate for weight loss (Qsymia).

How long does it take for phentermine to kick in? ›

Right after the first dose, phentermine starts to work and is absorbed through the GI tract instantly. The peak plasma concentration of phentermine is achieved within 4.4 hours, after this time users will begin to see the effects of appetite suppression and tolerance against binge-eating.

How fast do you start losing weight on phentermine? ›

Following a low-calorie diet and increasing physical activity while taking Phentermine will likely lead to more weight loss. Some people report rapid initial weight loss of 5 to 10 lbs in the first 2 weeks, but this is often water weight that comes back once the medication leaves the body.

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PhenQ is a well-known weight loss supplement that can replicate many of the same effects of phentermine. It comes to us from Wolfson Berg Limited, a well-known manufacturer responsible for creating many famous supplement brands.

Is there a better diet pill than phentermine? ›

Many people who want to lose weight choose a phentermine alternative over the prescription medication. Adipex and Lomaira are two of the best known phentermine alternatives. Both are available on the market and can be purchased online.

What is the most weight lost on phentermine? ›

Many overweight people lose 15% to over 20% of their excess weight (30-50 lbs) in 6-12 months with phentermine and lifestyle changes. However, phentermine alone does not usually lead to more than 5% weight loss over 12 weeks. Making sustainable changes is key.

Does phentermine give you energy? ›

Phentermine is a sympathomimetic amine anorectic. Its active ingredient, phentermine hydrochloride, is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that promotes a stress response similar to “fight or flight” (5). This biological change supports weight loss by suppressing appetite and boosting energy.

Why does phentermine help my ADHD? ›

Considering its similarity to amphetamines, phentermine has anecdotally been used off label to treat ADHD. It is possible that increasing norepinephrine concentrations in the brain could help improve function and symptoms, such as improved attention, reduced impulsivity, in patients with ADHD.

Why am I so tired on phentermine? ›

Why am I tired on Phentermine? Fatigue or tiredness can come as a result of sleepless nights or following a period of over-stimulation, however, adverse effects of phentermine also include drowsiness, fatigue, and reduced energy levels.

Why is phentermine a narcotic? ›

Official answer. Phentermine is a stimulant that is chemically like amphetamine and carries a risk of dependence and abuse, which is why it is a controlled substance and only available on prescription.

Why does phentermine work so well? ›

Here's how it works: Phentermine blocks the brain's hunger signals by increasing the body's release of catecholamines, which are chemicals made by the adrenal glands. These hormones cause an increase in heart rate and a decrease in appetite.

What should you not take with phentermine? ›

Do not use this medicine if you also take an MAO inhibitor (MAOI), such as isocarboxazid (Marplan®), phenelzine (Nardil®,), selegiline (Eldepryl®), or tranylcypromine (Parnate®), or if you have used an MAOI within the past 14 days. Using these medicines together may cause serious unwanted effects.

How much weight can you lose in 1 month on phentermine? ›

95% of patients who use Phentermine experience positive results, with an average weight loss between 4-8 pounds per month.

How much weight can you lose in 12 weeks with adipex? ›

Adipex-P (phentermine hydrochloride) is a weight loss pill used to help people with obesity lose up to 10% of their body weight over a period of 12 weeks. The medication reaches its peak concentrations in the body in 3 to 4.4 hours.

How realistic is it to lose 20lbs in 2 months? ›

In other words, smaller people may struggle to lose 20 pounds in 2 months—and may not even need to lose this much anyway. Summary: Taller adults with a bit of weight to lose may be able to lose 20 pounds in 2 months. This would require an average calorie deficit of 1,250 per day.

How long does it take to realistically lose 20 pounds? ›

It's totally understandable since it helps to know what to expect. Many healthy weight-loss guidelines say you should aim to lose one or two pounds per week (whether you have five or 50 pounds to lose), that means it could take anywhere from 10 to 20 weeks to lose 20 pounds.

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