Not all over-the-counter phentermine alternatives come in the form of diet pills. This is the case with Phenadrine Slim Sticks, a weight loss product from Biogen that has been designed as powder to be mixed with water and taken as a beverage. It has been formulated to boost energy, encourage rapid fat loss support, enhance mood and stimulate metabolism and the breakdown of fat.
Phenadrine Slim Sticks contain several ingredients within its proprietary blend. They include: Mango Seed (Irvingia Gabonensis) extract, Green coffee bean extract (45% chlorogenic acid), Caffeine anhydrous, Citrus Aurantium (30% extract), Yerba Mate (25% Xanthins), N-acetyl-l-carnitine. It also contains Inulin (Prebiotic fibre), Flavorants, Citric acid, Malic acid, Non-nutrative sweetener blend (Acesulfame-K, Aspartame [contains Phenylalanine]), Colorant, (E124, E104, E110).
The ingredients within the proprietary blend are believed to help with weight loss. For instance, Mango Seed is said to lower cholesterol levels and improve blood circulation. Green coffee bean supposedly helps to quickly burn fat. Caffeine can increase mental alertness and may increase metabolism. Citrus Aurantium is believed to increase metabolism, energy and calorie expenditure and may act as an appetite suppressant. N-acetyl-l-carnitine is believed to encourage the uptake of fatty acids into your cell mitochondria, so more of your energy comes from burning stored fat. Yerba Mate may help with appetite control.
Unfortunately, aside from caffeine having been clinical proven to increase alertness, none of these ingredients has ever been scientifically proven safe or effective for weight loss. Therefore, while Phenadrine Slim Sticks may give you a boost in mental alertness, there is no guarantee that they will help you lose weight.
In addition, this product contains more than one stimulant. A risk of unpleasant side effects such as insomnia, jitters, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, and other stimulant-related effects is possible with this supplement. Furthermore, be advised that it contains both caffeine and synephrine (a naturally occurring stimulant in citrus aurantium), which can be a dangerous combination as synephrine enhances the effects of caffeine, and this could lead to serious cardiovascular effects including high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. Anyone interested in taking this product should first speak with their healthcare provider.
The suggested dose for Phenadrine Slim Sticks is to take 3 sachets per day, 1 sachet 30 minutes prior to meals or snacks. A single sachet should be added to 500ml of water. It is recommended for users to take the first dose on an empty stomach in the morning either before breakfast or before a workout. The second dose should be taken before lunch. If users choose to take a third dose, it should be taken prior to 4 pm to avoid sleeping difficulties.
Users are also instructed to take this product 5 days in a row and to stop it for 2 days before beginning again. The manufacturer recommends taking Phenadrine Slim Sticks in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
When this review was written, this product was only available for sale in South Africa.