19 May Is Phentermine an Amphetamine like Crystal Meth?
Dr Covington answers your questions.
No. It is not.
Phentermine is not an amphetamine, it is “amphetamine-like” meaning that it can bind to the same receptors in the brain and has a few similar actions but it is not the same as crystal meth or any drugs in the amphetamine class.
The major difference is the release of dopamine is much less with phentermine than the drugs in the amphetamine class and this is also why phentermine is not addictive like methamphetamine and cocaine.
The chief neurotransmitter released with phentermine is norepinephrine and serotonin to a lesser extent, there is also minimal dopamine released.
The appetite suppressing effects, increase in energy, potential insomnia are similar for phentermine and amphetamine.
We discuss how phentermine works in more detail along with other weight loss medications in this blog article (read here) →
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