Phenocal, is an over-the-counter (OTC) fat burning supplement produced by Pharmaxa Labs. This diet pill promises to help to suppress and control appetite, enhance energy, supercharge metabolism, eliminate food cravings, and “delivers powerful fat loss results”, without the unpleasant side effects that are commonly associated with prescription drugs. Based on its name, it is apparent that “Phenocal” was designed to be marketed as an OTC alternative to the prescription drug Phentermine and others that contain phentermine hydrochloride, such as Adipex.
The ingredient in the Phenocal formula include: Vitamin D3, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Chromium, Folic Acid, Fucoxanthin, Bioperine (Black Pepper Extract), and a Proprietary Blend (Green Tea Leaf Powder, Glucomannan, L-Tyrosine, Cocoa Extract, Hoodia Gordonii, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Garcinia Cambogia, Yerba Mate, Coleus Forskohlii, Evodiamine, L-Tryptophan, CLA, and 5-HTP).
As you can see, there are several ingredients in Phenocal, which raises two very important questions.
The first question: How effective is this formula? The trouble is that the greater the number of ingredients, the less likely that there will be sufficient amounts of each substance for them to provide any significant effects.
The second question: How safe is this product? The other concern of having so many ingredients in a single formula is there is a greater risk for adverse side effect. While the side effects in Phenocal may not be as dangerous as those associated with prescription drugs, such as addiction, this product does contain more than one stimulant, which means that it does raise the risk of certain unpleasant side effects, which may include, but are not necessarily limited to: difficulty sleeping, jitters, anxiety, and stomach upset. Always keep in mind that just because a product claims to be formulated with natural ingredients, natural does not mean safe.
That being said, Phenocal does contain many ingredients commonly found in non-prescription weight loss products, and many of these ingredients and their effectiveness for weight loss, have been studied. Also, its official product page lists the majority of the formula’s ingredients and provides brief information about each and how they are beneficial for aiding in weight loss.
For instance, Glucomannan help to suppress the appetite by making a person feel fuller; Fucoxanthin is said to boost metabolism and raise temperature; Chromium is said to help control carb cravings; Folic Acid helps to burn excess fat, Hoodia is said to suppress the appetite, and 5-HTP is believed to help boost serotonin levels and help to prevent weight gain.
Nevertheless, the official site does not reference any specific studies to backup its claims.
At the time this review was written, a single bottle of Phenocal cost $39.85 and came with a 60-day, money-back guarantee. It is recommended that you speak with your doctor prior to taking this product.