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Why Do Many Doctors Consider Semaglutide Safer Than Phentermine for Weight Loss?

There are a couple reasons why semaglutide might be considered a safer option than phentermine for weight loss by some doctors:

  • Intended Use: Semaglutide is approved for long-term weight management, while phentermine is intended for short-term use. Phentermine is a stimulant, and long-term use of stimulants can have negative side effects on the cardiovascular system and can be habit-forming.
  • Mechanism of Action: Semaglutide works by mimicking a hormone your body already produces, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Phentermine works by stimulating the central nervous system to suppress appetite. Because it interacts with the body in a more novel way, there’s potentially more to learn about phentermine’s long-term effects.

Here’s a quick comparison of the two:

It’s important to note that both medications can have side effects, and neither is right for everyone. Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your individual medical history and needs. You should discuss these options with your doctor to see which might be a better fit for your weight loss goals.