Designed to be an OTC alternative to the prescription weight loss drug phentermine, FenHCL capsules not only promise to help a user achieve faster and safer weight loss with effective appetite suppression, but the capsules are also blue and white, mimicking the look of the prescription drug.
FenHCL is manufactured in a cGMP facility and has been formulated with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients. The ingredients found in each capsule include: 20:1 Hoodia Extract, Guarana Extract (containing 100mg of caffeine), and a Proprietary Blend of Cha de Bugre, Ginseng, Citrus aurantium, Magnolia bark extract, and Black Pepper.
Each of these ingredients are believed to provide some form of weight loss benefit, which is often why it is not uncommon to see them in many other OTC weight management formulas. The following is how they are believed to be advantageous for those seeking to shed weight.
Hoodia is thought to help suppress appetite. Guarana is a stimulant that can help to boost mental alertness and enhance athletic performance. Cha de Bugre is thought to help suppress hunger. Ginseng may boost immune system, lower blood sugar levels, improve mood and increase endurance. Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) may help to promote fat breakdown and can enhance the effectiveness of caffeine. Magnolia bark may help to reduce anxiety, which could decrease stress-related eating. Black pepper may lower fat levels in the blood stream and helps the body to better absorb other ingredients.
If there were sufficient evidence that proved all these ingredients lived up to the claims made about them in regard to weight loss, FenHCL might actually be an effective weight loss supplement. Unfortunately, the reality is that there is no solid clinical proof that any of these ingredients are effective for helping a person reduce their weight.
Furthermore, in terms of this product’s safety, it contains both caffeine (found in Guarana) and synephrine (found in citrus aurantium). While it is true that synephrine does help to boost the effects of caffeine, the FDA warns that this may not be safe for everyone, as the combination of these two ingredients can increase heart rate and cause high blood pressure in healthy adults who otherwise have normal blood pressure. Due to this fact, there is the potential risk for fainting, stroke and heart attack.
Users are instructed to take 1 or 2 capsules on an empty stomach approximately 30 minutes prior to breakfast and 1 or 2 capsules before lunch. Users are cautioned not to take more than the recommended dosage and are warned not to take the pills in the evening as they may interrupt sleep, causing insomnia. You should speak with your doctor before taking any supplements or starting any diet or exercise program.
At the time this review was written, a one-month supply of FenHCL capsules sold for $29.99 on Amazon.