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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello. My 14-year-old daughter is overweight. She weighs about 170 pounds. We emphasize healthy living and exercise which is a hard sell with her. As a teen, I was put on a diet pill (35 years ago) and it worked for me. Doctors won't discuss this option for my daughter. Diet pills seem to be taboo. I know that some doctors are using phentermine for adults carefully and successfully. I have considered ordering this online without a perscription and trying them with my daughter. Would this be safe if we are very careful?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   do you know the side effects of the phentermine ?
User :   Yes, I was reading them.
User :   But I can find nothing about age restrictions.
Doctor :   stilll you wanna use it on your daughter
User :   If it is safe.
Doctor :   even after reading the side effects and the doctors are reluctant to advise the same, do you think it is safe?
User :   Doctors don't seem to want to discuss the option of diet pills at all for teens. What is your advice?
Doctor :   do you know what is the cause for the over weight in your daughter ?
User :   She is healthy but overeats and doesn't exercise enough. We keep working on that, but I thought something like phen. might help and encourage her.
Doctor :   if the reason is overeating and no exercise why don't you motivate her to do exercise and make restrictions in her food habits instead of the medicines which have side effects
User :   We have tried that and will continue to do so. My question was whether or not this drug would be helpful and not harmful. With respect, you are not answering my question.
Doctor :   i am not in favor the diet pill as the treatment option for the weight reduction
User :   For people in general or only for teens?
Doctor :   for people in general
User :   Ok. And do you know whether or not this drug is safe for people?
Doctor :   it is safe if used under the supervision of a doctor
User :   Ok. Thank you.
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