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How to Get a Prescription for Phentermine

By Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017

When looking for a way to lose weight many Americans turn to the drug phentermine for its energy and metabolism boosting properties. However, sometimes it can be very difficult to get a doctor to approve a prescription for phentermine. Some doctors listen and try to understand the wishes of a patient but sadly, many do not. For many people, women especially, mid-life metabolic and hormone changes make losing weight a very difficult process without help. In cases like these, a phentermine prescription can make a huge difference.

Ask your regular doctor. Even if you are reasonably certain that your doctor won't give you a prescription for phentermine it is far cheaper to ask and pay the pharmacy price than the price of visiting a baratrics doctor. Explain that losing weight is difficult for you even with a healthy diet and exercise. Let your doctor know that you have educated yourself on the risks and benefits and would like the opportunity to make this medical decision for yourself. If your doctor still does not respect your wishes perhaps it is time to find a new doctor.

Ask around. You probably have friends and neighbors who have had a prescription for phentermine at some point or another. Explain that you are looking for a doctor who would be willing to prescribe this drug. They may be able to recommend someone locally who will listen to you and agree that trying phentermine to aid in your weight loss endeavors would be in your best interests.

Search for local bariatrics doctors in your area. Visit their website. See what sort of plans and programs they offer. Visit websites dedicated to doctor reviews and see what their other patients are saying. Did they have a good experience? Were they able to get the help that they were seeking? Some of these review websites allow you to get the contact information of the reviewers. Contact them and ask questions about their visit and what the bariatrics doctor suggested. Not all bariatrics doctors are alike and some would rather utilize liquid diets and shots rather than prescriptions for phentermine.

Call the bariatrics doctors in your area. Ask what their prices are. Understand that unless you are morbidly obese, very few insurance plans will pay for you to see a bariatrics doctor and you'll have to come up with the cost of the visit out of pocket. Visits can vary widely so don't skip this step unless cost is of no object to you.

Ask about what options they offer. Appetite suppresants will usually be on the list. Ask which type of appetite suppresants. Phentermine will usually be on the list, but if it isn't you will have saved yourself the cost of the visit and the disappointment of not having phentermine as an option with that particular bariatrician.

Schedule an appointment. Be honest with your bariatrics doctor. Let him or her know that you have tried to lose weight the typical way but that your body doesn't want to cooperate and that you need help. Appetite suppresants are usually the very first course of action offered by bariatrics doctors. Don't be surprised if you have to purchase the phentermine from the doctor for much more than a pharmacy would charge you.

After losing some weight on the phentermine visit your regular doctor again. Explain that the phentermine is really helping you and would like for him or her to reconsider and write you a prescription in order to help you curb the monthly cost of the phentermine. With any luck your doctor will understand, see that you are benefiting and give you a prescription that will save you money every month.

Tip

You are an adult. Act like one. Don't allow yourself to be pushed around. If you have taken the time to research and make a medical decision for yourself your doctor should respect that. If you feel that your doctor is being condescending and treating you like you know nothing, its time to find a new doctor, no matter what. Your doctor's behavior will not change over time. If your doctor, however, can present a good logical case listen to him/her! They didn't go to school for 12 years for nothing.

Warnings

If you can get phentermine rather than over the counter diet aids, do! Phentermine is FDA approved while many of the over the counter diet pills have never been through human testing, only animal testing. Many OTC diet pills are extremely addictive and can kill you if taken with other medications. Your doctor can adivse you on what not to take with phentermine, but likely cannot advise you on the dangers of individual OTC diet aids.

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