By Michael Anchors, MD, PhD
Phentermine-Prozac helps people lose weight by (1) reducing hunger, (2) helping people focus & not make sleepy mistakes and (3) helping fight off food-cravings. You can guess from the last two items that phentermine-Prozac might help with other conditions, too. For instance . . .
Phentermine-Prozac is very effective for attention deficit disorder (ADD). When a fat patient with ADD comes in, they have to stop their ADD medicine before they can take phentermine-Prozac. There’s nothing lost because phentermine-Prozac works as well or better than their ADD medicine. And phentermine-Prozac is cheaper, and I can prescribe it for longer periods of time.
Phentermine-Prozac works well on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). One of my patients, a lean woman who has never been fat, has taken phentermine-Prozac for years for trichotelomania. Without the medicine she plucks out her eyebrows. With the medicine she grows hair back. I don’t have to be a psychiatrist to do this. Just give phentermine-Prozac and the problem goes away.
Phentermine-Prozac helps people stop smoking or stop using other drugs.
One of my patients takes phentermine-Prozac for social anxiety. Another patient, a policeman, takes the combination for irritable bowel syndrome. All successfully on a long-term basis. If the patients stop the medicine, the bad symptoms return, so this is not just a placebo effect. The effect on OCD was published, I think, by Dr. Rothman and others. I am not aware that the rest of these effects have been published.