Although phentermine will suppress your appetite and boost your energy levels, making it easier to eat healthy and exercise more, it can also produce negative side effects. While you’re on your weight loss journey, it can be difficult enough to focus on your goals without having the extra problems of symptoms, such as insomnia, a dry mouth and dizziness. However, many of these phentermine side effects often pass after a few days or weeks, and, in the meantime, we have some tips for you on how to relieve these side effects while still focusing on working towards your weight loss goals.
1. Dry Mouth
This is probably the number one phentermine side effect, and while it may not sound too uncomfortable, those who have experienced it will probably tell you a different story. Often it is an uncomfortable sensation with an almost insatiable thirst, and can even lead to mouth ulcers and sore gums. The best way to combat this is to drink a lot of water with Phen Drink added to improve taste and really get your mouth back to normal. Always keep a bottle with you and take regular sips from it to keep yourself hydrated, aiming for a daily total of 64 oz, which is around 8 glasses. You should also cut down on coffee and alcohol consumption, as both are diuretics and can leave your mouth feeling even drier.
As well as drinking plenty of water, you should eat more fruit and vegetables with a high water content, such as cucumber, celery, watermelon, and grapefruit. Snacking on these will help stimulate your saliva glands and add moisture to your mouth while also keeping hunger at bay. Our taste buds can also become inhibited by a dry mouth, so a great way to combat both is to sprinkle cayenne pepper on your food; this spice acts as nature’s wake-up call, helping to stimulate your salivary glands, tantalize your taste buds and boost your metabolism!
Phentermine is a stimulant, and for this reason it can cause those who take it to have insomnia. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy body and mind, and when you’re trying to lose weight, a lack of sleep can also have adverse effects on your best efforts to slim down. Lack of sleep makes you more susceptible to stress and depletes your energy levels, both of which cause us to crave unhealthy foods and make bad food choices.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s a great idea to wind down before going to bed. A warm bath can really help to relax you, as can a soothing massage on the pressure points of your neck and back. Create a relaxing atmosphere with some calming music and drink a glass of warm milk or a cup of herbal tea, such as chamomile, to help you de-stress. Steer clear of caffeine as much as possible, especially later in the day. You should remove stressors from your bedroom and avoid working or watching TV in there, plus make sure that your bedroom and your bed are comfortable and at the right temperature for you – a lumpy mattress, cold feet or heavy, hot blankets can inhibit sleep and are easily fixed.
If you feel constipated while taking phentermine, you should increase your water intake as it’s the best liquid for washing away waste and toxins in the body. Other drinks such as juice and soda can’t compare, as their high sugar levels can actually make constipation worse. You should avoid fats and refined sugar, and although caffeine can be considered a quick fix for constipation, it is also a diuretic, meaning that it takes moisture out of stools, making them harder to pass – for this reason you should stay away from coffee, cola and alcohol. If you’re also experiencing bloating as a result of constipation, you should avoid sodium and artificial sweeteners.
You should aim to increase your fiber intake by eating high-fiber foods such as whole grain bread and cereal, beans, fruit, and vegetables. Prunes are especially good, as they contain sorbitol, a stool-loosening sugar that naturally helps relieve constipation. Exercise is another way to promote healthy bowel movements, and while moderate to rigorous physical exercise is preferred, just going for a quick walk around the block will help.
To combat the phentermine side effects of dizziness, make sure you’re drinking lots of water, as dizziness is often caused by dehydration. For this reason, you should also avoid caffeine and cut back on salt, as both can cause you to become more dehydrated.
Dizziness can be as a result of a lack of food, so make sure you’re eating enough – remember that 1,200 calories is the minimum anyone should go to while dieting, but if you’re heavier to start with, male or very tall, you should probably be eating more than this. An imbalance in your blood sugar levels can also cause you to feel light-headed, so try eating five small meals throughout the day to keep these levels steady, your appetite satisfied and your metabolism running smoothly. More specifically, your diet may be lacking in iron so try to include iron-rich food, such as red meat, eggs, dark leafy greens and fortified cereals. Iron is absorbed into the body better when combined with vitamin C, so try eating these iron-rich foods with foods high in vitamin C, such as red peppers, kiwis, and broccoli.
If you are feeling nauseous as a result of taking phentermine, firstly you should stick to drinking clear liquid such as water, as it is easier for your stomach to take and it will prevent dehydration. Nausea can also occur as a result of hunger, so if you know you haven’t eaten enough that day, try to eat something dry, like toasted whole wheat bread. Ginger is a great remedy for relieving nausea; studies have shown that it’s better than any anti-sickness medications you can buy at the pharmacy, so have some ginger tea or gingersnaps if you’re feeling nauseous. Mint tea also helps – the best way to make it is by adding a tablespoon of dry mint leaves to a pint of boiling water, leave it for about 30 minutes, then strain the tea and drink it.
These tips should help you to relieve the main phentermine side effects, which some people can suffer from as a result of taking phentermine. However, if these symptoms persist, or if they become particularly difficult to deal with, you must consult your phentermine doctor as soon as possible. If you are unable to continue taking phentermine due to the negative side effects, but still feel you could benefit from taking a weight loss supplement, Phen Caps are an ideal alternative as they provide the same appetite suppression and energy boost as phentermine, but have no known side effects.
We would love to hear from you if you have any comments or feedback about these tips for relieving the side effects of phentermine, or if you have any tips of your own that have worked for you, so please comment below!