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Question: Chest pain and phentermine

 eddyboy - Mon Dec 27, 2004 5:25 pm

I have been taking phentermine for about two weeks and since then three of my runs and workouts have been cut short(10or 20 minutes) from chest pain. No tightness in neck or shortness of breath. resting I feel great. I have only taken one dose in the past three days.

I am 42 years old and have done over 50 triathlons and 4 marathons including the IRONMAN. However, recently I stopped the athlete thing and gained 30 lbs. I have lost 19 so far since oct 15th 2004 under medical supervision.

Please advise
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:00 am

User avatar Dear Eddy,

Phentermine is a drug that activates the sympatetic nervous system which makes your body in case of emergency. It causes elevation of blood pressure, increase heart rate, and others. It is habit forming so it has to be taken under strict medical supervision.

There are some reports about patients getting chest pain secondary to its use.

In any case, you did the right thing by stopping the medication and visiting your primary care provider.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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