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To all my clients/patients:

There is a new weight loss medication called Belviq that was approved last year by the FDA for weight loss and maintenance. The medication is called Belviq. It is taken twice daily (before breakfast and before dinner).

Last night, I had a chance to read a Phase 3 clinical trial that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. A Phase 3 Clinical trial is a study that confirms that a drug works and is safe when compared to placebo. It showed that patients taking Belviq lost a significant amount of weight when compared to people who were taking placebo (fake or sugar pills). The trial was blinded to both researcher and patient. In other words, neither the doctors nor the patient knew what medication they were taking until the clinical study was over.

I have a free two week trial and savings cards for anyone interested in trying Belviq. As you all know, my program is not about starving yourself, drinking shakes or fake drugs like HCG. It’s about changes in behaviors, eating habits and lifestyle change. In order to be successful (and to keep the weight off), you must change your habits. Behavioral change is my focus every time we meet. Please feel free to e-mail or call me with any questions.

Bontril and Celexa question


Hi, i started taking bontril on Saturday after meeting with you on Friday. Everything seems to be going good and I am very excited about starting this journey, however I seem to be feeling a little more anxious and I am also taking celexa and have been for numerous years. After doing a little research on a drug interaction website I found that they said these drugs used together can cause possible enhanced sympathomimetic effects and possible serotonin syndrome? I am not sure if this is something I should be concerned with and what possible side effects I should watch for? Thank you for your help!


That is a good question……

But first of all, It is well known that drug inserts (information packs) contain side effects and interactions that may happen in 1/million patients. I seriously doubt that the combination of Celexa and Bontril is making you anxious. Bontril increases Dopamine and Norepinephrine in your brain, very similar to anti-depressants such as Wellbutrin and Buspar. Having said that, it is common for psychiatrists to add a drug like Wellbutrin or Buspar to Celexa, especially if a patient has been taking Celexa for a long time. They tend to work well together especially if someone on Celexa begins to complain of sexual side effects.

There are two more likely causes of your anxiety:

1) You may be taking too much Bontril. You might have to cut back to twice daily instead of three. I allow patients to change the regimen if a different dosing schedule works better for them.

2) Many people inadvertently use food for comfort. Food is like a security blanket……..and when you remove that security blanket (using food to help you feel better during times of emotional emergency), people get anxious. This is why I spend a lot of time helping people change their beliefs and “way of thinking.” Only by changing your beliefs, can we change your feelings and behaviors (eating better and healthier).

Thanks for sending me this note.

Dr. T

Med side effects


The most common side effect from Phentermine and Bontril is constipation. Increase fluid intake and daily fiber does help. For immediate relief, Miralax is safe and effective. It used to be prescription only but is now available over-the-counter. Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to call or send me an e-mail. Dr. T

Dierbergs – Adipex


Looks like Dierbergs is catching on to the popularity of Phentermine. They have raised their prices for Phentermine (Adipex). My in-office Pharmacy offers 30 pills for $18.00 and 60 Pills for $36.00. Save time, gas and money by purchasing medication at your visit. Or feel free to stop by anytime. Dr. T.