Phentermine, the most popular diet pill of all time that was once readily available online, is now facing extinction on the web. Phentermine, an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved appetite suppressant for the short-term treatment of obesity, has helped millions of people achieve their weight loss goals over the past decade. Phentermine works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland of the brain which affects specific neurotransmitters that decrease appetite. Phentermine essentially blocks out the neurotransmitters that tell your brain that you are hungry. So you never receive the signals from your stomach that you need to eat.
So why has Phentermine become so difficult to purchase online? Prior to FDA’s involvement, online pharmacies would approve prescriptions to everyone and anyone. All anyone had to do to purchase a prescription medication was fill out a one page questionnaire and pay with a credit card. For example, if a 10 year old had access to a credit card they could order Phentermine. For about 3-4 years buying prescriptions online was almost completely unregulated.
As pharmacies became a prolific online industry, the FDA began to take a closer look at the prescription services online pharmacies were providing. As a result, many online pharmacies were forced to close because they were not able to properly regulate the sale of prescription medications to their customers. Regarding medications prescribed by online pharmacies, the FDA states on their website,
“Unlike the traditional relationship between a patient and the patient's health care professional, some online practitioners issue prescriptions in the absence of a physical examination or direct medical supervision. According to the American Medical Association, a health care professional who offers a prescription for a patient the practitioner has never seen before and based solely on an online questionnaire generally has not met the appropriate medical standard of care. As a result, patients may receive a drug that is inappropriate for them to use and may sacrifice the opportunity for a correct diagnosis or the identification of an underlying medical condition for which use of the prescription drug may be dangerous.”
Today, the only way to you can legally order Phentermine online is if a doctor provides written approval to the online pharmacy that is prescribing the drug. Doctors, however, are extremely cautious about prescribing medications through an online pharmacy because they are responsible for any complications caused by the drug that may arise with their patients. Furthermore, patients who do manage to obtain a doctor’s prescription for Phentermine are safer to purchase it through a conventional pharmacy rather than from an online source.
The reason Phentermine is no longer available online is more a regulation issue rather than an issue of side effects or with the drug itself. In fact, this is true for the online sale of almost all prescription diet pills, including Tenuate, Bontril, Adipex, and Didrex. Because prescription diet pills, like Phentermine, are no longer available online, people are going to great lengths to find replacements for their usual prescription diet pills. The non-prescription diet pill Phentramin-d is showing the most potential to replace Phentermine online. Phentramin-D, unlike Hoodia and other herbal diet pills, is not a combination of weak herbs and extracts, but is a scientifically engineered chemical formula (1,3 Dimethylpentylamine hydrochloride + 1,3,7 Trimethylxanthine). Its formula is designed to provide similar results to Phentermine, including a boost in energy, increased metabolism and appetite suppression.