Fenphedra is a non-prescription diet pill that claims it is a “Hardcore Weight Loss Supplement”. The name of the diet pill suggests that it provides benefits similar to prescription drugs, like Phentermine, which previously came in a form that is now banned called Fen Phen, and ephedra, which was a popular substance used in weight loss products sold over the counter in America until the FDA banned it in the U.S. after it was revealed to be the cause behind more than 100 deaths. That being said, Fenphedra does not contain ephedra.
No Ephedra in the Fenphedra Ingredients
The ingredients in the Fenphedra formula, according to the official website at the time this review was written, include the following:
- Green Coffee Bean
- DiCaffeine Malate
- Phenylethylamine (PEA)
Although this may sound like an impressive formula, it is, unfortunately, a blend of unproven and hyped ingredients and stimulants.
Green coffee bean extract, for example, is one of the ingredients that gained popularity primarily because of being mentioned on the Dr. Oz show, a result better known as the “Dr. Oz Effect”. However, studies conducted on green coffee bean extract are insufficient and the substance is still in a very early testing phase. Furthermore, some tests involving rats that were given green coffee bean showed certain diabetic symptoms.
Risk of Stimulant Side Effects
Another important aspect to point out is that this substance, as well as dicaffeine malate and PEA, are all stimulants. This many stimulants increases the risk of adverse affects, especially in anyone who has a sensitivity to them. Many of the side effects associated with stimulants can be uncomfortable such as:
- Heart palpitations
- Mood changes
- Digestive upset
Each box of Fenphedra contains 69 capsules. It is recommended that users take 1 capsule 30 minutes before breakfast and 30 minutes before lunch. One box lasts for about a month. When this review was written, the official website offered a 100% money back guarantee. However, the guarantee is unclear as it only says you can be refunded up to one box of the product if you are unsatisfied, but does not say for how long the guarantee lasts. The refund does not cover the cost of shipping.
Before taking Fenphedra it is in your best interest to investigate the ingredients within the product. Do not simply trust the marketing material and claims made by the manufacturer.
It is also highly recommended that you first consult with your doctor to make sure that this weight loss supplement is the safe and right choice for you.
November 2019 Update – Fenphedra is no longer sold online as the product reviewed above. That being said, there is still a Fenphedra product that is available, although it has different ingredients and is sold in different packaging. More on this product below.
Like the other version of Fenphedra, this product is considered to be a hardcore weight loss supplement and does not have ephedra within its formula. It is manufactured by SNC Labs and a single bottle of 60 capsules (a one month supply) could be purchased for $69.95 on the Fenphedra product sales page when this review was created.
A Look at the Ingredients
This formula has many more ingredients than the other Fenphedra product, including:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Carcinia Cambogia
- Green Tea
- Caffeine Anhydrous
- Yohimbine HCl
As you no doubt noticed, while the formula may be different, it is still loaded with stimulants, meaning the risk of stimulant-related side effects is still present. Caffeine and other stimulants may help to boost mental alertness and boost metabolism, however, too many stimulants actually run the risk of being more problematic than working to benefit your efforts of achieving your weight loss goals.
How to Take It
It is recommended for users to take 2 capsules in the morning with food and an additional 2 capsules (at least 6 hours after the first dose) can be taken in the mid-afternoon with food. If you take the maximum 4 capsule daily dose, that would give you 400 mg of caffeine, which is an exceptionally high dose, especially considering it’s not the only stimulant ingredient in Fenphedra.
This product is meant to be taken for up to 8 weeks at a time. Once 8 weeks have been reached, users should discontinue for a minimum of 4 weeks before taking these diet pills again. While taking Fenphedra, it is recommended for users to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Ultimately, Fenphedra contains far too high of a dose of stimulant ingredients for it to be considered a safe and practical weight loss option. It would likely be in your best interest to choose another product. However, if you are interested in taking this dietary supplement, you would be wise to first consult your doctor, regardless of your current state of health.