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Lomaira, made by KVK Tech, is the latest phentermine weight loss medication to be approved by the FDA. Unlike other recently approved diet pills, Lomaira contains phentermine HCL as its only active ingredient.
As a phentermine product, Lomaira works by suppressing appetite and boosting energy levels. The active ingredient - phentermine HCL - activates a ‘fight or flight’ response in the body. This increases energy and blocks hunger signals from reaching the brain.
Lomaira has the same restrictions and contraindications as phentermine and can also cause the similar side effects to those experienced by phentermine patients, such as dry mouth, headaches and dizziness.
So, what’s different about Lomaira?
The main difference is the dosage. Previously, phentermine was only available in dosages ranging from 15 mg to 37.5 mg. Lomaira comes in an 8 mg dosage making it the lowest phentermine dose available.
Additionally, Lomaira is a tablet, whereas lower dosages of phentermine (15 mg and 30 mg) were only usually available in capsule form.
The introduction of Lomaira opens up many phentermine dosing options for doctors. This 8mg dose is the only strength of phentermine that can be taken up to three times per day.
So, while phentermine is usually taken before breakfast, Lomaira can also be taken before lunch and dinner. This means that people who struggle with hunger later in the day can benefit from extended appetite suppression.
Similarly, this medication ensures that patients get a continuous boost of energy throughout the day too.
This could be useful for those who prefer to exercise after work, but lack the motivation once the phentermine starts to wear off. Plus, many people find that low energy levels after lunch trigger sugar cravings, so Lomaira can offer extra help with this too.
Furthermore, phentermine users who find the effects too strong or the side effects difficult to bear could also benefit from low doses taken throughout the day. This could be particularly helpful for those new to phentermine, who often ask about splitting their tablet in half or reducing their dosage.
In addition, Lomaira could be used as a way to gradually decrease a patient’s dosage as they come to the end of their prescription as a means to avoid phentermine withdrawal symptoms.
In fact, the official website describes Lomaira as a "butterfly-shaped tablet [that is] scored to facilitate administering one half of the usual dosage for patients not requiring the full dose." This low 8mg dose can be split into smaller 4mg doses for patients requiring very low dosages of phentermine.
Lastly, KVK Tech promotes Lomaira as a low cost phentermine drug. Through their Lo-Cost Access Program, eligible patients will pay only 50¢ per tablet.
While Lomaira could work better for some patients, the low dose might prove ineffective for others since three tablets per day totals just 24mg. This might not be strong enough for those requiring a higher daily dosage to provide the desired effects of appetite suppression and added energy.
As noted on the PRNewswire site, patients should avoid late evening medication due to the possibility of resulting insomnia. However, since patients are instructed to take 8mg before dinner, they would have to ensure that they eat dinner early enough for the effects to have worn off by bedtime.
Potentially, with 16mg throughout the day and then another 8mg in the evening, those taking Lomaira could experience an undesirable combination of reduced effects and then insomnia at night.
Another issue with Lomaira is that taking three tablets per day before meals may not always be convenient for patients. Many people taking just one phentermine per day accidentally forget to take their tablet in the morning - with three per day, forgetting a dosage becomes a lot more likely.
Furthermore, patients may then take forgotten doses later in the day and experience insomnia as a result.
Finding the right weight loss medication for you often depends on your preferences and how your body metabolizes the drug. Lomaira may be suitable for you if the following apply:
If these sound relevant to you then Lomaira could be the best phentermine brand for you to succeed on your weight loss journey. We would therefore advise you to speak to your doctor about the possibility of taking Lomaira, and whether you can take advantage of the low-cost program.