Hi Everyone!Moderators - Move this topic as necessary, not sure if I posted it in the most appropriate category.
Also, before I begin. I am not insisting that Duromine is right for you, or that you should take it, or anything like that.
I simply want to share my experience with it - the bad and the good about it. I know when I first started to think about using it, I was worried about what it would do to me and I was curious about the typical results on it.
Firstly, I'm a 19 year old male and I’m 175cm tall. Late 2007, I weighed 83 kilos. I felt really unhealthy and fat, I smoked, I drank all the time – I felt like crap. As my New Year’s Resolution, I made a decision to change my life and be healthy.
After 2 years of smoking, I quit on New Years Day 2008, but in the following 2 months, I gained 4 kilos (taking me up to 87 kilos). All I could think about whilst fighting the nicotine cravings was food. So I ate and ate and ate! I was already slightly chubby before quitting, but after gaining the extra kilos, I was very unhappy with my weight.
After hearing about Duromine off friends and family, I went to my local doctor and explained my situation. I was completely honest about the smoking, my situation, everything. I went in there specifically wanting Duromine, but I figured that if he would not prescribe it for me, that he had his reasons and the doctor knows best about my health! After completing some tests (ie. Blood Pressure, BMI) he said he was more than happy to prescribe me one months worth of 30mg Duromine. I set an appointment to come back after 30 days for a follow-up.
For the first few days, I felt like I was on speed. I took the pill at 6am in the morning, it takes about an hour to kick in. It gave me lots of energy and made me extremely happy in the mornings. Also in the first couple of days, I had trouble sleeping. The speedy-ness and the sleeplessness only lasted for the first few days. (Note - Another way to avoid the sleeplessness is to take it really early. I usually set my alarm for 6am to take the pill, went back to bed then woke up at my usual time of 7am to get ready for work)
During my first week, I didn't eat much. Just maybe a sandwich for lunch or something. People say that Duromine completely suppresses your appetite, but that simply isn't true... I still felt hungry. After 7 days of taking Duromine, I weighed myself for the first time. I was 81 kilos. So I pretty much lost almost a kilo per day. No exercise, just going to work as per usual.
Although, I felt like I was gonna die. I was shaky, I didn't have much energy and just generally felt like death. I figured it was because I wasn't eating right; I was literally living on nothing. The doctor did say that I would need to make a conscious decision to eat food because I wouldn't feel like eating whatsoever. I don't think that is the reason I didn't eat, because I still felt hungry. I think I was just so determined to lose as much weight as possible and talked myself into thinking that the best way to do that was to not eat anything.
So from Day 7, I started eating properly (almost no fat in my diet, carbs only before 1pm and lots of protein) and began some light cardio exercise (30 - 60 minutes of walking/jogging) 5 days a week (Monday to Friday, Weekends off). Although I felt much better now, I noticed that I was getting really really cranky in the afternoons. For no reason I'd be angry, I'd snap, be short with people. I'd look around the room at people looking for something to get angry at. Even though it makes you so happy in the morning, in the afternoons and night, it made me a complete asshole.
From Week 2 to the end of Week 3, continuing light cardio and a good diet, I lost an extra 2 kilos, bringing me down to 79 kilos.
However, I noticed in the afternoons when I turned into a asshole, that whenever there was loud background noise (traffic, people, music etc. etc.) or when I was stressed with work, study etc. I felt really really sick, and it was like I could feel my blood tearing through my veins. I knew one of the side effects of Duromine was high blood pressure, so I went to the doctor to have it checked. As I suspected, my blood pressure was 155/95.
The doctor said that because I'm young, having high blood pressure was okay for a short period of time because my veins (or maybe it was arteries – I forget which one he specifically said it was) are still somewhat flexible, but to cease taking the Duromine immediately. It may be relevant to note that high blood pressure does run in my family, although when the doctor tested me before beginning the Duromine, my levels were within the acceptable range.
So that was the end to my Duromine experience. During Week 3 I began doing some weights 3 times a week. And now after completing the course of Duromine (well, only three weeks of it) I now do cardio 3 days a week and the weights 5 times a week because I want to build some muscle. A week aftering stopping Duromine use, I went to the doctor to get my blood pressure checked, and it was all back to normal, although still in the higher ranges of what is acceptable. The doctor said that the smoking could still be affecting it slightly, so not to worry too mcuh for the moment, and come back each month to get it checked.
Another random thing to note, I wouldn't go to see a movie at the cinemas whilst on Duromine. I went with some friends in Week 2 and seen "Cloverfield". I think the loud sounds and the fast moving picture on the screen had some effect on me, and I felt like I was dying afterwards. My heart felt like someone was squeezing it and I felt extremely sick. I spoke to a friend the following day who was also taking Duromine, and she said she seen a fast-paced movie too, and it had the same effect on her. Not sure why it does this, but I don't think it was just me. So I wouldn't recommend seeing any kind of action movie in the cinema.
Overall, I'd have to say that the Duromine was a good thing for me. Even though it ended badly, I still don't regret doing it, because it was a great kick-start to my fat-loss. One thing I would definitely point out...
Don't use Duromine as a wonder-drug that sheds the weight off you and expect to continue living your life without changing anything. If you're eating bad food and not exercising, and you take Duromine, Yeah, You'll still lose some weight. But after you come off it, you're going to stack it right back on.
I used Duromine as a kick-start to change my life. I changed my eating habits, I started exercise. I made the decision that I wanted to lead a healthy life.
One thing I've learnt is that being healthy isn't easy, it’s damn hard
in today's world, but, it’s worth it. I've never felt better, I have so much energy, and my self-esteem is through the roof. And I'm happy. Very Happy
Hope this helps any of you who are thinking of taking Duromine. Like I stated previously, Duromine may not be right for you, and thats why its a prescription drug (Well, at least here in Australia anyways, not sure about anywhere else) Any questions you may have about using Duromine or about my story, just post them here and I'll do my best to answer them for you.:-)