Phentermine weight loss pills are available in a wide variety of doses: all the way from 8mg (the lowest) to 37.5mg (the highest in the US). A lot of the information online centers around phentermine 37.5mg since that it is the most common dose in the US. As a result, many patients are left wondering: does phentermine 15mg work? Dosing recommendations state that physicians should always prescribe the lowest effective dose of phentermine, so some doctors start their patients on 15mg to test if this lower dose produces the desired results. If it works, it’s advantageous to use a lesser dose of phentermine since it carries a lower risk of unwanted side effects or withdrawal symptoms.
The Basics of 15mg Phentermine
Phentermine 15mg is the lowest-available dose of generic phentermine. It is ideal for patients that are:
- New to phentermine
- Sensitive to stimulants, like phentermine
- Interested in taking phentermine 2x per day
- Weaning off phentermine
Like with all phentermine prescriptions, you should work with your doctor to determine the best dose for you. Lower dose pills contain less phentermine HCL per capsule, so they do not produce as strong of a biological response. This means they don’t suppress appetite or boost energy as much as higher-dose options, but it also means they tend to cause fewer side effects.
Phentermine 15mg is popular among new users because some doctors prefer to start their patients on a lower dose and then only increase daily dosage if necessary. It is also ideal for patients that need some help losing weight, but who react strongly to stimulants and do not need (or tolerate) a higher dose.
Another common use of phentermine 15mg capsules is as a twice-a-day prescription. For people that struggle with afternoon and nighttime snacking, phentermine 37.5 sometimes proves ineffective because the medication wears off before their problem time. In these patients, it may work better to prescribe 15mg in the morning and another 15mg to be taken midday. Schedule varies significantly from person-to-person, so it’s important to always take phentermine exactly as prescribed.
Some doctors also prescribe 15mg to patients at the end of their weight loss journey if he/she is worried that the patient will experience withdrawal symptoms from abruptly stopping a higher dose.
(Curious about other doses of phentermine? Click here to learn more about phentermine dosage!)
What does phentermine 15mg look like?
In the USA, generic phentermine 15mg is made by KVK tech. They are yellow and gray capsules imprinted with “K 26” in black lettering. The active ingredient is phentermine hydrochloride (phentermine HCL), included as a phentermine HCL resin complex. This is what they look like:
If you live in Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, you can also purchase brand name phentermine 15mg. iNova Pharmaceuticals sells Duromine 15mg in these countries. The capsules are light teal and gray with the imprint, “DUROMINE 15” in black.
If you’re in Mexico, you can also buy phentermine 15mg under the brand names of Acxion or Terfamex. Acxion 15mg comes as either a tablet or capsule, while Terfamex 15mg is sold a capsule or ODT (orally disinigrating tablet). Terfamex is available in other Latin American countries as well. The picture to the right is a Terfamex 15mg capspule.
How to Take Phentermine 15mg
At your initial consultation, your doctor should discuss specific dosing instructions for you. Depending on your medical history, other medications, existing conditions and weight loss goals, phentermine 15mg may be taken once or twice per day. Always take phentermine EXACTLY as prescribed.
⏰ When to Take Phentermine 15mg
Take phentermine 15mg first thing in the morning, about 30-60 minutes before your first meal. Swallowing the pill on an empty stomach allows the phentermine to work faster and more efficiently.
If your doctor prescribes phentermine 15mg twice per day, the second pill is typically taken around lunchtime. Avoid taking this medication too late in the day because the stimulant effects of phentermine can disrupt your sleep and cause insomnia.
If you are unsure how to take phentermine in combination with other medications (e.g. thyroid medicine), make sure to discuss the two drugs’ potential interactions at your prescribing appointment. You can also consult a pharmacist if you are unsure about when or how to take specific medications.
🍴 What to Eat with Phentermine 15mg
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, the best diet for weight loss with phentermine 15mg is one that’s:
- Mildly calorie-deficient
Phentermine is prescribed as a complement to (not replacement of) lifestyle changes like healthy diet and [doctor-approved] increases physical activity. Therefore, it’s important to take your time of phentermine 15mg to focus on learning about healthy portions, nutritious swaps and fueling your body for success. Likewise, the more you can make activity a part of your daily routine the better.
Nutrition-wise, aim to follow MyPlate guidelines at each meal: half a plate of non-starchy veggies, a quarter plate of lean protein and a quarter plate of whole grains. Minimize simple carbs (like sweets & white bread), unhealthy fats and sweetened-sweetened beverages.
Can you take two 15mg phentermine in a day?
The answer to this question depends on your individual doctor’s orders.
It is possible to take two 15mg phentermine pills in the same day because 15 + 15 = 30, which is less than the maximum dosage recommendation of 37.5mg per day. So, if your doctor prescribes phentermine 15mg twice a day (e.g. one before breakfast and one in the early afternoon), it is okay to take two pills in a day.
However, you should NEVER take more phentermine prescribed. If you are only supposed to take phentermine 15mg once per day, do NOT increase your dose (or take two doses per day) without talking to a medical professional first.
Different people have different tolerances to medication, so it’s important for your health and safety that a doctor examine you and consider your other conditions and medication before increasing your daily phentermine dosage.
Phentermine 15mg Reviews & Results
Phentermine 15mg is a well-established, relatively popular dose of the common weight loss medication, but does it actually work?
Users in the phentermine.com forum have mixed reviews of this lower-dose pill. Here are a few recent users’ accounts of their experiences with phentermine 15mg:
“I’ve been on 15mg [for 3 weeks] and I’m down 21lbs. I feel it loses its kick by Friday, so taking the weekends off and restarting Monday has been working for me.”
👩 Carrie B.
“I’m on 15 mg. It worked for 2 weeks, and now I might as well not even take it. My appetite is back, I either gain weight or maintain regardless of how well I behave myself…”
“Lately I have heard a lot of people saying they find the 15mg doses more effective than the 37.5mg. Kind of weird, but not all metabolisms and bodies are the same right?”
“Yesterday morning my doctor prescribed me Phentermine 15mg capsules along with spironolactone, a diuretic for my PCOS… I’m excited because I’ve heard good things about Phen and I’ve been trying to diet for a while now and changing my eating habits and being a little more active and using the Lose It app, so I’m really hoping it will help! So far I haven’t really felt any different. My energy level and appetite seem to be about usual.”
“I started on the lowest dose of 15mg on July 18th and I felt very good. I started feeling a lot of energy right away and started losing weight little by little. On July 12th I went back to my doctor and she increased the dose to 37.5 mg…” (translated from Spanish)
“Started generic phentermine 15mg two days ago. The first day I didn’t notice a decrease in appetite nor an increase in energy, but I did notice an extreme thirst and a little dry mouth. The first day I ended up drinking 120 fl oz of water (I typically drink 40-60 oz/day). I weighed the next morning and lost 1 lb. The second day (today) I noticed a slight decrease in hunger (hungry at the normal times but it took slightly less to fill me), had slight increase in energy (though I don’t know if that’s from the phentermine or the 8 hours of sleep I had last night), and drank 100 oz of water.”
These mixed feelings towards phentermine 15mg are echoed in other online groups as well, such as the phentermine.com support group on Facebook. While not everyone experiences success with this low-dose options, others are able to achieve their weight loss goals without ever needing a higher dose.
One example of an outstanding success story with phentermine 15mg is our newest Phentermine Ambassador, Greta.
She lost an impressive 53 POUNDS with phentermine 15mg in just over 4 months!
Here’s her story (in her own words):
“I learned about phentermine from a weight loss center here in North Carolina. 🙂 I was tired of being tired all of the time. I wanted to be healthy and needed a lifestyle change.
I don’t have a strict diet, I simply eat around 1200-1300 calories of anything I want daily. I don’t really exercise much. I take an occasional walk and swam this summer. I don’t have a menu plan, I eat anything within my calorie limits. No restrictions. I really haven’t had any difficulty.
I just made gradual changes and stuck with it. I think slow and steady is the way to go. All of the non-scale victories. I was able to buckle a seat belt without an extension, fitting into smaller sized clothes, feeling confident. My next goal is to lay on the hammock with my husband, ten more pounds and I will. 💜
Never give up! All of you CAN do this. Phentermine is a wonderful tool to help you on your journey. Keep a good journal, keep moving, drink your water and push forward! Keep setting small goals to keep you focused. You CAN do this. You will be so glad you did!”
So, does phentermine 15mg work after all?
Like most other medications, it depends on the person! Some people achieve amazing results with this low dose of phentermine, while others find it relatively ineffective.
Nonetheless, it remains common practice for doctors to start new patients on phentermine 15mg. This is to test your individual tolerance to the medication and minimize unpleasant side effects. It can take a few days to feel the appetite suppressing and energy boosting effects of the pills, but if you still aren’t losing weight at your one-month checkup, don’t be shy about asking your doctor to increase the dose.
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