Is it legal to buy Phentermine online without a prescription?
Phentermine is a controlled drug in the US, which means it can only legally be obtained on prescription from your doctor. It is illegal to supply Phentermine without a prescription in the USA.
Phentermine is a stimulant which has a similar chemical makeup to amphetamine, it aids weight loss by affecting the central nervous system by mimicking the effects of adrenalin, to increase heart rate and suppress the appetite.
Why are there websites still selling Phentermine to UK and US customers?
Unfortunately, the law surrounding the supply of controlled drugs only apply to US sellers, and do not extend to overseas companies which sell via the internet, making it possible to buy Phentermine online.
The MHRA (Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) say that online selling by overseas companies is not their responsibility but that of US Customs. This international supply is such a grey area it allows thousands of consumers a year to purchase this potentially dangerous drug.
The UK’s Daily Mail newspaper estimated that there are around 2300 websites selling the drug, with global sales for this type of slimming aid reaching £30 billion.
Why is Phentermine prescription only?
The reason that Phentermine is a controlled drug in the US is because of its extensive side effects, addictiveness and potential to react with copious medications.
It has been licensed and used by the NHS for fifty years, and is only suitable as a diet aid to treat obesity in a limited amount of people. It is up to your doctors discretion to assess whether the risks of taking this highly potent drug are outweighed by the advantages.
The seriousness of weighing up the advantages and disadvantages is immense as potential side effects can be fatal, so anyone buying the drug illegally online does so at serious risk to their own health.
Is it easy to obtain a prescription for this drug?
Usually, Phentermine is only prescribed for those with serious obesity issues and complicating risk factors such as high blood pressure, where the drug is seen as the last resort after other weight loss options have failed.
Potential Dangers of Taking Phentermine without Prescription
can-you-buy-phentermine-online-img3Phentermine reacts badly with a number of different medications, if taken with the diet medicine Fenfluramine (Phen-fen) for instance, or Dexfenfluramine (Redux) it can lead to a fatal lung disorder called pulmonary hypertension.
It is also known to cause severe reactions with blood pressure meds, anti-depressants and diabetes medication. The potential reactions to other medications means it is risky for anyone wishing to self prescribe this medication.
Phentermine is not suitable for those with heart disorders, uncontrolled high blood pressure, thyroid over activity, glaucoma, drug/alcohol abuse history, allergies to diet pills, amphetamines, slimming pills and cold remedies.
With such an extensive list, it is important that people seek medical advice to ensure this drug is only used when these high risk factors have been eliminated.
Typical Side Effects of Phentermine
The side effects of this drug are immense, and should be enough to put anyone off buying it online.
They include mood swings, impaired thinking and reactions, chest pains, tremors, heart palpitations, hallucinations, severe headaches, blurred vision, vomiting, insomnia and agitation. The drug is also highly addictive, with severe withdrawal symptoms including convulsions and vomiting.
Professor Hamid Ghodse, former President of UN Narcotics
Control Board states in the Daily Mail:
‘Over time, sleep deprivation, coupled with weight loss caused by what basically amounts to starvation, can cause extreme changes in behaviour…Because of extreme stress on the heart and raised blood pressure, side-effects can include convulsions, heart attacks, strokes and even death in extreme cases.’
This was taken from the aptly named article ‘Diet Pills: Dying to be Slim.’
Other Potential Dangers of Buying Phentermine Online
Phentermine can be bought under many different brand names such as Duromine, Ionamine, Adipex and Fastin, but there are lists of fraudulent pharmacies online which sell fake Phentermine tablets. The real ones should taste bitter, if they don’t then the chances are they are fakes. This adds another risk factor to self medicating and buying this drug online.
Many consumers have also been subject to credit card fraud when purchasing from unscrupulous traders. Our advice is to think twice before buying illegal Phentermine online as it could seriously damage both your health and your bank balance.