Phendimetrazine (Bontril)

Prescriptive, Medical Weight Loss

Phendimetrazine, also known as generic Bontril PDM, is a well-established medication that has been successfully used to treat obesity for over 40 years. It was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 1976. 

How it works: Phendimetrazine is an appetite suppressant, meaning it decreases the sensation of hunger, cravings, and binge eating. It is also a Central Nervous System stimulant, meaning it helps to increase energy level. 

How is phendimetrazine different from phentermine? Phendimetrazine and phentermine are very similar medications, however phendimetrazine has a shorter half-life, which means it has a shorter duration than phentermine. However, due to this, it can be taken up to three times daily if needed, whereas phentermine can not. Also, due to the shorter duration of action, it decreases the side effect of insomnia which can occur with phentermine when it is taken too late. 

What to Expect: For your initial visit, you will need to schedule an appointment with our office. Upon arriving for your appointment, you will have a little paperwork to complete and then you will have your consultation with our Nurse Practitioner who will use her discretion (based on the FDA recommendations for treating obesity) to determine if phendimetrazine is a safe and good option for you. She will carefully screen you by evaluating your past medical history, any current medications you take, your vital signs, and your body mass index (BMI). You are not a good candidate for phendimetrazine if you have uncontrolled hypertension, glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, a history of heart attack and/or stroke, irregular heartbeat, are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you take a medication of the MAOI class.

Phendimetrazine is not a simple or quick fix to being overweight. However, it is intended to assist you in the initial phases of your weight loss regimen that includes incorporating healthier nutrition and lifestyle habits. It is our mission to help you achieve your health and weight loss goals through the use of nutritional counseling, fitness education, accountability, and continuous support.

For follow-up visits, no appointment is necessary; it is only the initial consultation that requires a scheduled appointment.