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Why Am I Angry On Phentermine?

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Alongside physical side effects such as dry mouth and insomnia, phentermine also causes more psychological side effects, such as depression, anxiety and anger. In fact, increased anger on phentermine even has its own term, as this side effect is commonly known as ‘phen rage’. If you’re wondering why you’re feeling angry on phentermine or how to deal with this side effect then read on. Here we explain what causes this anger and share some tips on what to do if you’re experiencing phen rage.

What Is Phen Rage?

‘Phen rage’ is the name given to the side effect of increased anger as a result of taking phentermine. Phen rage encompasses feelings of frustration, impatience, hostility, irritability, and anger. This anger is often directed outwards in angry outbursts, shouting, and even physical destruction or violence. So, if you’ve noticed that you’re suddenly overreacting to situations which would not usually have caused this effect then it’s likely that you’re experiencing phen rage. But you’re certainly not alone; phen rage is a reasonably common side effect, as shown here in our poll of phentermine forum users. It can be seen that around 22% of respondents reported that they had experienced this effect. In addition, our phentermine forum contains many conversations between phentermine users sharing accounts of feeling angry as a result of taking phentermine.

Why Am I Angry On Phentermine?

It is thought that there are three main reasons why phentermine causes users to become unusually angry:

Phentermine Stimulates Your ‘Fight’ Response

Phentermine causes the brain to stimulate the adrenal glands to release neurotransmitters which signal a fight-or-flight response. This is similar to the reaction of our bodies when we are faced with dangerous or exhilarating situations. On the plus side, this leads to appetite suppression as hunger becomes a lesser priority, and energy is released to help you to either run away or stay and fight. However, the stimulation of adrenaline and norepinephrine that phentermine causes also mimics the reaction your body has when you’re angry. This leads you to an altered state of consciousness, helping you get ready to ‘fight’ when perceived problems occur. You may even stop thinking clearly, leading to irrational behavior and extreme reactions that you might not recall once the anger subsides.

Phentermine Amplifies Emotional Reactions

As a stimulant, phentermine stimulates your metabolism and energy levels, but that it also tends to stimulate and magnify your feelings too. This means that your normal reactions to situations become amplified, causing extreme emotional reactions. This explains why some people report positive emotional reactions to phentermine, such as feeling ‘high’ and happy, while others experience negative reactions such as depression, or extreme anger.

Phentermine Causes Hormonal Fluctuations

It is thought that anger on phentermine is due to the way that the dramatic weight loss often experienced on phentermine can effect hormones. Dramatic weight loss causes fluctuations in hormone levels as the release of estrogen is partially based on the amount of fat cells in the body. Hormonal fluctuations can then result in mood swings and irritability in the same way that some women experience while suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) pregnancy, perimenopause and/or menopause.

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How To Cope With Phen Rage

Side effects fueled by hormonal changes are hard to control, so overcoming phen rage is not easy. However, there are actions you can take to help you feel less angry on phentermine, and ways to ensure that phen rage doesn’t cause too much damage to you and your relationships.

1. Prioritize Sleep

A lack of sleep leaves us tense, irritable and prone to anger, so insomnia on phentermine in combination with hormonal fluctuations makes angry reactions all the more understandable. Follow this advice to combat insomnia, and be sure to talk to your doctor if insomnia persists, as he or she may advise a reduction in your dosage to minimize side effects.

2. Take A Timeout

Timeouts aren’t just for kids; give yourself short breaks during more stressful times of the day. A few moments of quiet time might help to prepare you for what’s ahead without getting angry.

3. Seek Support

You family, friends and colleagues are likely to bear the brunt of your anger, so it’s a good idea to tell them how phentermine is affecting you. It’s important to explain how the things you may have said and done recently aren’t how you really feel. Most forum posts regarding phen rage show how many users are unwilling to discuss how phentermine is making them angry. But it’s better that your loved ones know that phentermine is the cause for your recent angry outbursts, rather than letting them worry about what could be wrong. If you’ve decided not to tell anyone about taking phentermine then our forum is a great way to connect to others on phentermine.

4. Get Active

Exercise is a great stress-reliever, plus getting active helps you to release those hormones urging you to ‘fight’ and direct them into something more productive than an argument with your partner. And, the rush of endorphins that heart-pumping exercise gives you will help you to feel a million times better afterwards. Or, if you feel your anger escalating and you’re nowhere near the gym, go for a brisk walk or direct your anger into a physical task such as cleaning. This way you can take your frustrations out on your kitchen rather than your kids.

5. Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol should definitely be avoided by those experiencing anger on phentermine. Alcohol can cause an increase in anger and a decrease in rational thinking, meaning that losing your temper is even more likely after drinking.

6. Identify Triggers

Although phen rage can strike as a result of seemingly trivial situations, identifying why these result in angry outbursts can help to avoid these occurring in the future. It could be small things that used to annoy you a little, but which then become triggers for phen rage due to hormonal fluctuations. So, if it bugs you when your partner leaves dishes in the sink, or when your colleague puts the air-con on full blast without asking you, choose a calm moment to tell them that you’d appreciate it if they didn’t do that. Often we let these minor annoyances slide because we find it easier to avoid confrontation. But, it’s better to voice your preferences than let this frustration build up into an angry outburst.

7. Eat Nutritiously

An overlooked cause of anger is your diet. The term ‘hangry’ refers to the combination of anger and hunger, where your body lacks nutrients and your mood shifts to hunger-fueled anger. To avoid this you should eat regular nutritious meals full of a wide range of nutrients. Also be sure to eat mood-boosting healthy foods to help balance out your hormones. If you’ve reacted angrily on phentermine after skipping a meal then you know that hunger affects your anger response. Avoid this by packing snacks and planning meals ahead.

The good news is that, like other side effects of phentermine, phen rage does subside over time. But, if you feel that your anger is hard to control, or is ruining relationships, then you should ask your doctor for help.

Do you find yourself getting angry on phentermine? Let us know your phen rage experiences by commenting below.

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40 Responses

  1. I absolutely hate this drug and when my fiance is taking this drug she is very emotional, moody, angry all for no reason or just for something small like now she livid with me now and is not talking to me because she is convinced that i spoke ill about my step daughter her biological daughter when i really didn’t. i really wish she finds another alternative source for her weight loss then this pill it always brings trouble in my house hold

  2. I’m so glad I came across this information. I just got into a huge argument last night with someone I love and after I was like, where did that come from?? I’ve been sad about it all day. I’m glad to know I’m not actually going crazy and it’s the mess affecting me

  3. I started Phentermine after my second child. I was already overweight when I was pregnant with my first child. I worked for a doctor\’s office and some of my coworkers we\’re being prescribed Phentermine for 2 months from the provider we worked for weight loss. I saw my coworkers weight loss results and they were significant. I started Phentermine and continued for 2 months and saw great results. I had a lot to lose so I felt I needed to be on it longer. But my provider would only prescribe it to us two months at a time with a couple of months of a break in between. So I went to a PCP who then prescribed it for me on a longer basis and showing her results she would continue to refill my Phentermine prescription. During that time my kids want to talk to her and one crawling I felt like I had the energy but struggle to sleep at night and then head to work 40 + hours. And result during the 6-month. I started to rage yell at my children fight with my husband and in result wound up getting divorced and being a single mom. My husband at the time did not think about me being on the medication having any kind of altering effects on me. We were together for 5 years before we got divorced and never felt like that before when we were together. I look back and I see how all this transpired thinking I was crazy but I\’m not and I want to be open and honest with people out there who try to go on this drug. You should never go on this drug it will ruin your life if you have adverse effects on it. After going off of the drug I gained double my weight from what I was in the beginning. If you\’re thinking about this drug please think twice your partner may not understand or even you for that fact of what is going on. It can also cause heart damage and metabolic system issues. I will always speak out on this medication it has altered my life forever.

  4. This is crazy the 1st time I took it I love the effect it made me so happy. I even made a depressed patient at my job so happy. I like the burst of energy. This time I used a different pharmacy and I was very mad at the world. I treated my boyfriend so bad tried to breakup with him over nothing it had me yelling at my cousin. I couldn\’t understand it. I stop taking it. My cousin he notice that I had problems he said I wasn\’t the same. I thought half a pill would work nope it still was a problem

  5. Me and my wife are at the point of divorce. She has been taking Phentermine and losing weight but she has extreme rage. She thinks I put my daughter(her step-daughter)before her, which is not true. They literally almost got into a fist fight the other night. Life with her is becoming hell and she refuses to stop taking them. Please help!!!!

    • Hi RM, we’re so sorry to hear that. Have you tried talking to her about the potential side effects of phentermine, and how her rage may be related to the weight loss medication? If that didn’t/doesn’t work, would she allow you to go with her to her next check-up and speak with the doctor? Best wishes for both of you.
      Rachel, phentermine.com

  6. How long will the anger/rage stay with you after you stop taking them?

    • Hi Kris, based on other users’ comments, it seems to depend on how long you took the pills for. Often people who took phentermine for longer experience more lingering side effects than others who only took the medication for 1-2 months. If you’re still experiencing side effects (including anger/mood imbalances) after stopping phentermine, speak to your prescribing doctor so that the two of you can work out a plan together.
      Rachel, phentermine.com

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