Weight loss isn't easy. That's why Salina Women's Clinic offers the Phentermine Diet Plan to help you get started on a healthier lifestyle.

Phentermine works by suppressing your appetite and increasing your metabolism. Side effects -- which include shakes, nerves or jitters, dry mouth, constipation, insomnia, and headaches -- usually lessen as time goes on. Dry mouth may continue while you take Phentermine.

Best results are achieved by taking the Phentermine in mid-morning on an empty stomach. You may have to adjust the time that you take the medication, depending on how it reacts with you. If you notice that you are hungry in the evening, then you may want to take the Phentermine closer to noon. If you are unable to sleep at night, then you might want to take it earlier in the day.

It is important to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water daily. We recommend that you accompany the phentermine with a 1500-calorie diet with 20-25 grams of fat per day. We have American Diabetes Association diets to help you plan your meals -- or you may prefer to use Weight Watchers or NutriSystem meals.

A food diary is also provided for you to keep track of what you are eating, when you are eating, and how many calories you are consuming. Exercise is an important part of the diet regimen. Start with a low impact exercise like walking 20-30 minutes three times a week. Then increase your activity level and intensity so that we can build on that to increase your metabolism.

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Please call to schedule your monthly diet appointment at least five days prior to running out of phentermine. Each month, one of our staff nurses will evaluate your weight and blood pressure. You may be on the medication for up to six consecutive months -- then you will need to take a month off. At that time we will discuss the progress that you’ve made, as well as your future weight-loss goals.