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- Bariatric centers
Duromine is a medication used to treat obesity. It is an appetite suppressant used mainly in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Europe has withdrawn and restored the marketing of Duromine several times, so it may not be available in Europe. The two ingredients that are active in Duromine are phentermine and fenfluramine. The two are FDA approved. There is controversy over the drug because phentermine is chemically related to amphetamine and changes behavior, creating hyper activity. Duromine can also be habit forming with use over time.
Determine your correct BMI. The BMI is the Body Mass Index and uses weight and height to determine a person’s appropriate weight. To be prescribed Duromine, one must have a BMI of 27 or greater and be heavily overweight or obese.
Affirm that you also have a co-morbid diagnosis. A co-morbid diagnosis is a condition that is other than a primary condition you have. In the case of being prescribed Duromine, one must have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes co-existing with obesity.
Talk to your doctor about your weight loss and see what options the doctor offers. He may change your mind about Duromine if he mentions it. He may not mention Duromine and may not consider it at the time. He may also have forgotten or is not familiar with the use of Duromine. He may not even think the use of medicine to treat obesity is successful or worthwhile.
Steer the conversation towards medications used to treat obesity. This will give you a clearer indication of how your doctor perceives medical approaches to obesity. This method could work instead of going to the doctor and demanding a certain drug or asking for a certain medication especially if you are shy or sensitive about the subject.
Ask your doctor about Duromine. Bring it up in conversation if you are comfortable about talking about it. Your doctor is the only one who can prescribe you Duromine. You cannot force him to prescribe it. You will have to follow his advice. Find another doctor if all else fails. Other doctors may be more open to medicines used in obesity. Bariatric centers use many techniques to help people lose weight. You may have to contact one of these facilities if you are unable to find a doctor that will prescribe Duromine.