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Review: could Phentermine cause Migraine?

We study 10,921 people who have side effects while taking Phentermine from FDA and social media. Among them, 10 have Migraine. Find out below who they are, when they have Migraine and more.

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Phentermine

Phentermine (latest outcomes from 12,951 users) has active ingredients of phentermine hydrochloride. It is often used in obesity.

Migraine

Migraine (headache) (latest reports from 174,367 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, birth control, depression, osteoporosis, pain.

On Aug, 11, 2014: 10,906 people reported to have side effects when taking Phentermine. Among them, 64 people (0.59%) have Migraine. They amount to 0.04% of all the 171,035 people who have Migraine on eHealthMe.

Trend of Migraine in Phentermine reports

Time on Phentermine when people have Migraine * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Migraine14.29%28.57%14.29%14.29%14.29%14.29%0.00%

Gender of people who have Migraine when taking Phentermine * :

FemaleMale
Migraine98.44%1.56%

Age of people who have Migraine when taking Phentermine * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Migraine0.00%0.00%2.27%9.09%27.27%38.64%18.18%4.55%

Severity of Migraine when taking Phentermine ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Migraine0.00%20.00%80.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Migraine ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Migraine0.00%66.67%33.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Weight loss (3 people, 4.69%)
  2. Tooth abscess (2 people, 3.12%)
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (2 people, 3.12%)
  4. Insomnia (2 people, 3.12%)
  5. Obesity (2 people, 3.12%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Pondimin (53 people, 82.81%)
  2. Redux (22 people, 34.38%)
  3. Fastin (14 people, 21.88%)
  4. Paxil (8 people, 12.50%)
  5. Phentermine hydrochloride (6 people, 9.38%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

Lifetime Migraine Lady (2 years ago):

How horrible! You might consider a switch to Topomax, similar weight control with migraine meds if your neurologist likes the drug for you. I think this is like so many drugs (Botox for migraines, epilepsy medicine, heart meds...) works like magic for some and hurts others. At least you know quickly and the ill effects wear off after a few days so you can try something else until you find the perfect thing. Only took me 30 years of trying...
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Ms. MajorMigraine (2 years ago):

That's interesting that your PCP perscribed it for your migraines. I was perscribed Phentermine for weight loss as my BMI is over 30. I have taken it for approx. five months now, and get migraines MORE frequently (I've had diagnosed migraines for about 20 years now). In fact, the only time I DON'T get a migraine is after I have stopped taking it for three days in a row and I can flush the Phentermine completely from my body...
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Lifetime Migraine Lady (2 years ago):

There are several forums I have visited where the posters and bloggers have been trumpeting the positive effects of phentermine on migraine. I have suffered from migraine since the early 1980s (I am in my 30 now). When my PCP tried phentermine for me for short term weight loss I was shocked to notice my migraines went from on average every other day to maybe 5 a month. I stayed on for a year and it was the single best migraine year of my life. My neurologist is considering putting me on this drug to control my migraines. When I looked to see if others were doing the same, the web is full of these references. As with every drug that helps some migraine patients, it hurts some others. If you have migraines, don't back from trying phentermine - could have result like we have and isn't it worth the possibility of a few extra headaches to have a shot at reducing frequency by 1/4?
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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (5 days ago):

  • Heat over 65 degrees, any type of activity, house cleaning, walking. etc. In a hurry, stress. This is so embarrassing. My hair becomes wet, sweat drips from my face and neck. People think I am nuts or coming off of drugs. has limited my activities due to embarrassment or can't stay dry enough to fix my hair. I have stopped wearing makeup all together as it just runs down my face. My Dr. will not listen to me. I think she believes I may "glisten" a little. I need help. Please!!!

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    landofoz on Aug, 25, 2014:

    hi, Heat over 65 degrees, any type of activity, house cleaning, walking. etc. In a hurry, stress. This is so embarrassing. My hair becomes wet, sweat drips from my face and neck. People think I am nuts or coming off of drugs. has limited my activities due to embarrassment or can't stay dry enough to fix my hair. I have stopped wearing makeup all together as it just runs down my face. My Dr. will not listen to me. I think she believes I may "glisten" a little. I need help. Please!!!MY Reply to the above,
    this is exactly how i feel, i went into the Bank one day when it was quite hot outside and my Hair was dripping i kept drying my face.Honestly i thought ,someone will think i am going to rob the bank. I am not ob Byetta i am on Lantos and i also live in Australia where the weather is very humid . i also suffer severe depression on top of this ,so i dont think there is much point of me changing from Lantus? Also cant believe the above person has the burning legs ,as i also have that 5 yrs now. what can i do? I am on 40units of lantus ,1500 Diabex i am 68 yrs of age living in Australia

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  • From this study (7 days ago):

  • i'm pretty much the most comlex case 4 psychiatrists, 3 psychologists, a nuero scientist/adult mood disorder specialised doctor, 3 gp's, 2 naturopaths and an adhd specialist have ever come accross. i'm basically a pharmacy on legs with over 32types of medications tried in 13 months including those i've mentioned above. i admitted myself into hospital (to get a team around me) for 3 weeks in the psych ward in july 2013 but was granted an agreed by patient/all the different types of doctors and nursing staff to b words) and 'what planet am i from (using a nurses exact words) because i'm soe released early as they had 'no lollies left to try' (using the head psych's exact words referring to prescription medications) anr how so rediculously med-resistant to all that could be tried. the night nurses were actually scare d of me, not by any violence or anything at all alike, but by my uncanny ability to be dosed so very very highly on so many potent medications and extreme combinations to no avail. i've had 9ver 25 blood tests, ultrasounds, brain imagery mri's, sleep disorders studies in hospital and numerous other forms of clinical testing to still be on the rollercoaster and the viscous cycle 13months later and i'm still in the same boat! it's been said way more than just a few times that i'm one hell of a case for the record books!

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  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • want to know if taking phentermine can cause a blood clot in your legs, heart?

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