Troxyphen is a multipurpose OTC diet aid marketed to men. This product is not only supposed to help with weight loss by increasing energy, burning body fat, and building lean muscle, but it also increases base line free testosterone levels, to help improve the libido of the user. According to the official product page on the TruDerma website (the distributor of Troxyphen), this weight loss supplement has been “designed to specifically address the underlying cause of male weight gain.”
Why boost testosterone? The TruDerma site says that as men age, their testosterone levels decline steadily, which results in more fat accumulation, which slows the production of testosterone even more. Thus, higher testosterone levels boost the libido and can also help with a man’s weight loss efforts.
The Troxyphen formula is split up into two blends and one delivery agent. Each capsule contains: Test Boosting Blend [Testofen-Fenugreek Extract Standardized for 50% Fenuside, L-Arginine Proglutamata, Tribulus Terrestris, Potency Wood Extract, Saw Palmetto Extract, Muria Puama Powder Extract (leaf)], Thermogenic Shred Blend [Caffeine Anhydrous, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Synephrine Caprylate, Yohimbine HCL], Delivery Agent [Bioperine].
The Test Boosting Blend contains ingredients that studies have found help improve sexual function in men, increase libido, or help to treat erectile dysfunction. The Thermogenic shred Blend contains ingredients that help to boost energy, metabolism, and fat burning. The Delivery Agent, bioprene, is often used in weight loss aids because it is celebrated for its thermogenic properties that some believe help to speed up the absorption metabolism of digested food.
While some users of this product have claimed that Troxyphen helped improve their libido, none of the ingredients in this product have ever been scientifically proven effective for weight loss.
Users are directed to take 1 capsule in the morning and 1 in the afternoon with 8 ounces of water, but are cautioned not to take the pill 4 hours before bed, as this may result in sleeping difficulties. In addition to difficulty sleeping, this weight loss supplement may also cause jitteriness, dehydration, headaches, increased urination, heart palpitations, increased heart rate, and increased blood pressure, due to the fact that it contains caffeine.
Furthermore, caffeine can boost the effects of synephrine, which can lead to issues such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, heart palpitations, as well as more serious adverse effects including fainting, stroke, and heart attack. In addition to these effects, common side effects of Yohimbe include tremor, sleep problems, stomach upset, agitation, anxiety, high blood pressure, dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, stomach problems, etc. The fact that so many potential side effects are linked to this product is troubling.
Troxyphen should be avoided by women, as the ingredients are meant to boost testosterone production. It should also be avoided by anyone with sensitivities to stimulants, as well as anyone currently taking any other supplements or medications. Speak to your doctor before taking this product, especially if you have an existing health condition.
At the time this review was written, a one-month supply (60 capsules) of Troxyphen cost $54.99.