PhenApex

PhenApex is an over-the-counter weight loss formula that is marketed as an alternative to prescription weight loss drugs, such as an Adipex alternative. In fact, at the time this review was written, the official product page for this dietary supplement stated that “PhenApex is the number one alternative to Prescription of losing weight also maintaining a blend of powerful ingredients.”

That statement was copied verbatim from the site. As you likely have noticed, it doesn’t make much sense because it’s clearly missing a couple of words. This has to make you wonder about the quality of the supplements formula if the content on the site for the product hasn’t even been proofed!

That being said, what PhenApex claims to do is boost metabolism and control appetite. When combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it supposedly helps to increase metabolism, and fight stubborn belly fat “without nauseating or harmful side effects.”

Not an Adipex Alternative – No Ingredients List and No Studies

The claims for this “powerful, scientifically engineered formula” that “gives you results” sounds promising, but there is one major problem. While the site boasts all of these claims, they are entirely unsubstantiated. Not only are there no studies to back up the claims, a basic ingredients list hasn’t even been provided.

When this review was written, the official product site for PhenApex didn’t even include a supplement facts sheet. Regardless of the reason why the ingredients have not been disclosed, the fact is that without a list, there is no way to know how safe or effective the product may be. Moreover, it makes one wonder what it is the company has to hide.

Consult with Your Doctor Before Taking PhenApex

Interestingly enough, while its formula appears to be a secret, the manufacturer has no problem selling their product. When this review was created, a 1 month supply (60 pills) cost $55.00.

However, the bottom line is that without listing any ingredients, any claims made about the product have no merit. There is zero percent proof that it works. In other words, don’t waste your money on PhenApex. There are many other OTC alternatives to prescription Phentermine that you can consider.

Just remember that before you take any OTC weight loss aids, you should still consult with your doctor first, even though a prescription is not needed. Many weight loss supplements contain ingredients that may not be suitable or safe for certain people with sensitivities, for those who are currently taking other medications, or those who have an existing health condition.

PhenApex Update – December 2020

Currently, PhenApex is still sold online in both tablet and capsule form. However, the marketing for this product has dramatically changed. Although it was once marketed as an alternative to prescription medications like Adipex, the sales page for this product has since changed its tune and instead focuses on claiming to have a formula composed of scientifically researched ingredients that are a safer alternative to Ma Huang, otherwise known as ephedra.

More specifically, it claims to have a “triple action effect”. This includes:

  • Helping burn body fat
  • Suppressing appetite
  • Providing increased energy

Ingredients List

When the above PhenApex review was written, no supplement facts were provided. This has also changed. Now, the formula’s ingredients have been revealed and these include:

  • L-Phenylalanine
  • 7-KETO (DHEA)
  • L-Taurine
  • Synephrine HCl
  • L-Carnitine

The suggested use is to take this diet pill alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise and to take 1 to 2 pills 30 minutes before breakfast and again before lunch.

Still Not a Trustworthy Product

While it seems that PhenApex has cleaned up its act, at the same time, it still makes unsubstantiated claims by stating its pills will cause certain effects such as appetite suppression and boosting energy. There have been no studies conducted specifically on this product to prove these claims. Moreover, the sales page (not even an official manufacturer site) for this diet pill does not include citations for the studies it mentions regarding the ingredients it has selected for the formula.

Ultimately, it would likely be in your best interest to avoid PhenApex and consider another OTC diet pill from a more reputable business. At the very least, consult with your healthcare provider before taking this product.

 

Xentrafen

Xentrafen is an over the counter (OTC) diet pill. It comes from Nexgen Biolabs. According to the manufacturer, Xentrafen provides those who are seeking to lose weight several benefits. These include:

  • Targeting fat and lipid metabolism on stubborn areas of the body
  • Energy boosting
  • Fat burning
  • Appetite suppression
  • Mental focus
  • Enhancing metabolic function

Xentrafen supposedly helps you control your cravings and targets and blasts away body fat in stubborn areas of the body where it is hard to lose weight. This includes areas like your buttocks, love handles, stomach, thighs, and legs. It is also supposed to help you lose cellulite.

Beware Bogus Claims

While there may be some substance to a few of the claims made about the Xentrafen formula, such as its potential to boost energy, increase mental focus, enhance metabolic function and help to control appetite, it won’t target any specific area of fat on your body. Furthermore, it will not help you lose cellulite.

The reason is that when the body burns off fat, fat is lost all over. There is no specific area that you can target. Typically, the place where you will lose fat first is the area of your body that holds the greatest amount of fat. For the majority of people (but not all) this is their stomach.

As for the cellulite claim, that is no known diet pill (prescription or non-prescription) that can help to eliminate or reduce the look of cellulite. For most people, once you have it, it’s there forever. Certain dermatological treatments (e.g. laser, cryolipolysis, etc.) may help improve the look of it, but even those are not permanent, according to research.

Additionally, do not let this manufacturer trick you into thinking for a moment that taking only Xentrafen will lead to fat loss. Weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume, which means that this product needs to be taken in conjunction with a healthy calorie-conscience diet and regular exercise to deliver any true benefit at all.

The Xentrafen Proprietary Formula

As for its ingredients, every Xentrafen capsule is made up of the following propriety formula:

  • 1,3,7 Trimethylxanthine (caffeine anhydrous)
  • Synephrine HCl
  • N,N-Dimethyltyramine
  • Schizandrol A
  • 5-Hydroxytryptophan
  • Yohimbine HCl.

In spite of providing the ingredients list, no other information was given about this formula on the official product page at the time this Xentrafen review was written. Without any studies to backup the claims made about this diet pill, there is no solid scientific evidence that proves this product is effective or safe for weight loss.

Additionally, it should be noted that this weight loss supplement contains multiple stimulants within its formula. As such, there is a risk of unwanted side effects, including jitters, the shakes and sleep disturbances. Although not everyone who takes this product will experience these adverse effects, the risk of experiencing them (or others not listed) increases in those who are sensitive to these substances or who consume other products (foods, beverages or supplements) containing stimulants (e.g. caffeine).

When this review was written, a single month supply of Xentrafen sold online for $44.99. While this is certainly not the cheapest OTC diet pill on the market, it is not the most expensive either. That said, if you feel that this is a product that is worth your time and money to try, it would still be in your best interest to consult with your healthcare provider before taking it to be on the safe side.

Xentrafen Update March 2020

Xentrafen appears to have been discontinued. The official product page cannot be found and even popular retailers, like Amazon, that once sold it, do not have it in stock. You can still find information about the product and read customer reviews, but in all other ways it appears to have disappeared from existence.

Considering the false claims that the manufacture made about the product being able to target specific areas of fat on the body and the claims about cellulite, it is for the best that Xentrafen is gone to make room for more reputable products. Products with unachievable claims such as these are frequently short-lived. You will find that there are plenty of other respectable non-prescription diet pills available with fewer stimulants that can help you reach your weight loss goals.

Phentarmine Tablets

If you have come across Phentarmine tablets, you may have mistaken them for the prescription diet drug Phentermine due to the name and the fact that the tablets are white with blue specks. To be clear, Phentarmine is not the same as Phentermine. Instead, this product has been sneakily been marketed to make consumers believe that it is a non-prescription Phentermine alternative, which it is not.

Phentarmine Tablets May Look Like Phentermine but They’re Not the Same

Phentarmine tablets are very different than the prescription drug it is attempting to mimic. The active ingredient in Phentermine is phentermine hydrochloride, which is a potent drug. The Phentarmine ingredients on the other hand include:

  • L-Phenylalanine
  • Synephrine HCL
  • Theobromine
  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • Copper Sulfate
  • 7-Keto (DHEA)
  • L-Carnitite
  • L-Taurine

The Supposed Benefits of Phentarmine

The substances used in this formula are believed to aid in weight loss in many ways, such as:

  • Breaking down fat cells via thermogenesis
  • Regulating metabolism
  • Lowering stress
  • Improving circulation
  • Controlling blood sugar levels
  • Increasing energy levels

More specifically, the following is how some of the ingredients are believed to be effective for weight loss:

  • L-Phenylalanine provides appetite control
  • Synephrine HCL boosts energy and provides hunger control
  • L-Taurine is believed to be a natural mood enhancer, energy booster and supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • 7-Keto is said to help with fat burning, weight loss, balance hormones, and improve overall wellbeing

This Diet Pill is Not Guaranteed Effective or Safe

What is most concerning about Phentarmine tablets is that they contain many stimulants, including caffeine, synephrine and l-phenylalanine.

Synephrine has been used in several OTC weight loss formulas as a safer alternative to ephedra, which has long been declared a banned substance. Research initially found that synephrine, which is also known as bitter orange (among other names), had the potential to be quite dangerous to some people, especially when combined with other stimulants, particularly caffeine.

When combined with caffeine it was found to increase the risk of high blood pressure, fainting, heart attack, and stroke. That being said, it has since been found that synephrine is not necessarily as harmful as originally believed. Still, this doesn’t mean that it cannot produce unwanted side effects as it does boost the effects of caffeine, both good and bad.

Moreover, it should also be noted that due to the fact it does contain multiple stimulants, there is also a chance that this diet pill could cause adverse affects in some people, such as:

  • Jitters
  • Headache
  • Mood changes
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart beat

Furthermore, it is recommended that those who have high blood pressure or who suffer from seizures or stroke should avoid this product. Others who should avoid this supplement include anyone taking anti-depressive medication or those taking medication for cardiovascular disease. In any case, it is strongly recommended that you first speak with your healthcare provider before taking Phentarmine tablets.

At the time this review was written, a single bottle of Phentarmine tablets (a 30 day supply) cost $87.00 online + $9:00 shipping and handling.

The recommended dose is two tablets per day, once in the morning on an empty stomach a half hour before breakfast, and one 30 minutes before lunch. The pills should not be taken late in the day to avoid sleep issues.

November 2019 Update – Although Phentarmine tablets are still available (and can also be purchased in a capsule form) it would likely be in your best interest to avoid buying this product. The reason is that there is very little information available about this product, there are no studies cited to prove the ingredients within the formula can be beneficial, and the product page seems focused only on selling the pills. No valuable information about this product has been given and all claims are simply unsubstantiated. You may want to consider choosing another non-prescription diet pill product from a more reputable manufacturer and one with fewer stimulants.

Lean 700

Lean 700 is a diet pill from GenXLabs. This dietary supplement has been designed to support appetite control, body fat loss, metabolism to burn more fat, and more calorie burning. Like prescription diet drug, Phentermine, this non-prescription weight management aid attempts to help a person in their efforts to suppress appetite and boost energy for the purpose of burning more fat and calories. That being said, GenXLabs does not claim that Lean 700 is a phentermine alternative.

When this Lean 700 review was written, the ingredients in the formula included: Vitamin B6, Chromium, GenXLabs Thermo (Dandelion Root, Caffeine Anhydrous, White Willow Bark, Green Tea Extract, Cissus Quadrangularis, L-Theanine, L-Carnitine, L-Tartrate, N-methyltyramine, Hordenine HCl, Higenamine HCl, Synephrine HCl).

The suggested use is to first assess tolerance by begin taking 1 capsule in the morning before food. Once tolerance has been assessed, the user may then take another (1) capsule, 4 to 6 hours after the first morning dose. It is recommended that users drink 16oz of water when taking a pill, and they are cautioned not to take a dose within 6 hours of bedtime and not to exceed more than 2 capsules daily.

In regard to its effectiveness, it is unknown if Lean 700 will deliver on any of the benefits it claims to provide (e.g. appetite suppression, boosted energy, etc.). The reason is that the product itself has not been clinically studied or proven effective. Furthermore, although many of its ingredients have been clinically studied, they have not been clinically proven effective for aiding in or causing weight loss, either.

That being said, a quick glance at the above ingredients reveals that it contains multiple diuretics and stimulants. This means that it is possible that you will lose water weight by taking Lean 700, as diuretics cause you to urinate more frequently. It also means that there is a chance you will experience a boost in mental alertness, due to the stimulant ingredients in the formula.

However, losing water weight is not the same as losing actual fat, and it is not a long-term weight loss solution. Moreover, although stimulants can be beneficial in helping you to stay alert, which could help you in your efforts to keep up with exercise, Lean 700 not only combines multiple stimulants but caffeine and synephrine.

Although synephrine does seem to boost the effects of caffeine, this means that it boosts its negative effects as well, potentially increasing the risk of unwanted effects, such as insomnia, jitters, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, and even more serious side effects like high blood pressure, stoke, and heart attack.

When this review was created, Lean 700 could be purchased on its official GenXLabs product page for $34.99.

It is strongly recommended that you first speak with your healthcare provider before taking Lean 700 if this diet pill is of interest to you.

PhenRED

PhenRED is a non-prescription weight loss aid that claims to be a clinically proven and powerful thermogenic formula designed to suppress appetite and burn fat. It is the “most aggressive formula available” that provides maximum weight loss, a powerful energy rush, extreme appetite suppression and enhanced focus and mood.

The ingredients in PhenRed include the following: Trimethylxanthine, Theobromine, Yohimbe Bark Extract, Beta-Phenylethylamine HCL, Synephrine HCL.

Users are directed to take 2 capsules on an empty stomach after waking up or as directed by their doctor. No other instructions are provided. For instance, it is not known if you should wait a certain length of time before eating, etc.

All the ingredients in PhenRED are stimulants. Trimethylxantihine is also known as caffeine anhydrous. It works on the central nervous system and it has been proven to increase mental alertness and focus. Some research has also found that it can boost metabolism and increase fat burning when it is taken prior to physical activity. It may even suppress appetite in some people. That being said, there is no solid clinical proof that taking caffeine will lead to measurable weight loss.

The other stimulants in the formula, such as synephrine (a natural occurring stimulant found in bitter orange), work to help enhance the effects of caffeine. While this may sound like a benefit, there are many risks associated with the caffeine and synephrine combo. The reason is that while synephrine enhances the beneficial effects of caffeine, it also enhances the unpleasant side effects, such as insomnia, restlessness, headache digestive upset, nervousness, anxiety rapid heart and breathing rate, ringing in the ears etc.

Worse still, the FDA warns that combining these two stimulants can actually lead to serious adverse effects, which may even be life threatening, even in healthy individuals. These effects include fainting, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

PhenRED is not safe for everyone to take, including women who are pregnant or nursing. This product has been designed for adults (18 years of age and older). You are advised to consult your physician if you have a pre-existing medical condition prior to taking this product. It would also be wise to speak with your doctor if you are taking any other medications or supplements and for your own safety, regardless if you have a medical condition or not.

When this PhenRED review was written, you could purchase a one month supply (1 bottle containing 60 capsules) for $39.95 on Amazon.

Traxafen

Traxafen is a non-prescription fat burner and appetite suppressant manufactured by AXA Neuroscience. It supposedly works to assist those seeking to lose weight, control their food cravings, boost their mental focus, increase energy, enhance fat burning and thyroid output, and amplify metabolism to produce raid weight loss results.

When this review was written, a one-month supply of Traxafen, containing 60 capsules, could be purchased on Amazon for $35.00. While this is certainly a decent price for an OTC weight loss supplement, the question remains: is it worth it?

The only way to judge the efficacy and safety of a product, and determine how well it can live up to its claims, is to analyze its ingredients. The Traxafen formula is composed of the following: Trimethylpurine, Synephrine HCL, Hordenine HCL, Schizandrol, 5-HTP, Yohimbine HCL.

More specifically, the following is a brief explanation of how each of these ingredients is said to benefit those seeking to shed excess pounds.

Trimethyplurine affects the central nervous system and may help to boost metabolism, as well as increase energy levels and physical performance during exercise. Synephrine is a stimulant that naturally occurs in citrus aurantium (bitter orange). It also affects the central nervous system and makes the heart beat faster by increasing blood pressure. Hordenine, also found in citrus aurantium, is thought to have significant fat burning effects and is believed to be capable of enhancing metabolism. Schizandrol is said to increase dopamine in the brain, which, in turn, enhances mental alertness, clarity and focus, while also boosting energy levels. 5-HTP is thought to raise the production of serotonin and help suppress appetite. Yohimbine is believed to boost blood flow and improve workout performance by stimulating the body’s energy levels.

Unfortunately, while it is possible that caffeine can increase mental alertness and boost physical performance by improving energy, none of these ingredients (including caffeine) have ever been clinically proven to effectively aid in weight loss or cause fat loss. In essence, there is no solid scientific proof that taking Traxafen will help you lose weight.

Users are recommended to take 1 capsule, two times per day, 30 minutes before meals. It is important to follow the dosage recommendations, not only to ensure that you are properly using the product to achieve its maximum benefit, but also to lower the risk of certain unpleasant side effects.

Traxafen contains stimulants and ingredients containing stimulants. Trimthylpurine contains caffeine. Although not as potent as caffeine anhydrous, it can still cause certain adverse effects in some people, such as rapid heartbeat, jitters, sleeplessness, etc. In addition, both yohimbine and synpherine are ingredients that boost the effects of caffeine, which means that both its positive and negative side effects are enhanced.

Err on the side of caution and first speak with your medical practitioner before taking Traxafen.

Phenoral Maxx

Phenoral Maxx comes from the same manufacturer who makes Phenoral. It is marketed as a maximum strength weight loss supplement and, according to the official product website, the formula is three times stronger than the original Phenorla formula. It includes all the “fat shredding benefits” of the original product and has amplified them to provide even faster and more dramatic weight loss results. The claim is that Phenoral Maxx has both appetite suppressing and energizing benefits to help users burn stubborn fat.

The Phenoral Maxx formula contains the following ingredients: Phenylethylamine HCl, Synephrine HCl, Yohimbine HCl, Theobromine Anhydrous, N-Methyl-B-Phenylethylamine HCl, Methylsynephrine HCl. The ingredients in the Maxx version and original Phenoral are the same. The difference between the two is that the propriety blend in the Maxx product is 150 mg per 1 tablet, while the original product contains only 50 mg per tablet. However, it is also important to point out that both the Maxx and original Phernoral versions each contain the same amount of caffeine anhydrous (150 mg).

According to the official website, the key ingredient in Phenoral Maxx is Phenylethylamine. This active ingredient reportedly triggers reactions in the brain that bring about feelings of wellbeing and energy. In addition to phenylethylamine, the other ingredients are also supposed to help a person achieve their fat loss goals quicker.

For instance, theobromine is believed to assist in the stimulation of the heart and improve blood flow. Caffeine works to aid in increasing mental alertness and may also enhance exercise performance, increasing fat burning potential. Yohimbine bark is thought to help decrease abdominal fat, control stress by amplifying epinephrine and lowering cortisol levels. Methylsynephrine can boost energy and adrenalin and may help to suppress hunger.

Although it is likely that Phenoral Maxx will raise energy levels and improve mental alertness, there is no guarantee that its effects will aid in the reduction of body fat. None of the ingredients within the formula have been clinically proven effective or safe for weight loss.

Furthermore, this product contains more than one stimulant, which may increase the risk of certain negative side effects in some people, particularly those who are sensitive to caffeine. Insomnia, jitters, restlessness, rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, digestive upset, headache and anxiety are examples of some of the side effects that may occur.

Additionally, bear in mind that Phenoral Maxx contains both caffeine and synephrine, a combination that the FDA warns could be dangerous, even for healthy individuals. The reason is synephrine can enhance the effects of caffeine, which can cause more stress on the heart. Even people who usually have normal blood pressure may experience a spike in blood pressure when taking a supplement that combines these two ingredients.

Definitely talk to your doctor before taking this product to make sure it is a safe choice for your weight loss plan.

Users are instructed to take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 after lunch. No more than 4 tablets should be taken per day.

At the time that this review was written, a single bottle of Phenoral Maxx containing 60 tablets cost $19.99 at Amazon.

FenTrim

FenTrim is a metabolism-boosting, appetite suppressant and energy amplifier, designed to enhance mood and stimulate thermogenesis. It is an over-the-counter (OTC) diet pill from SutraHealth. It is meant to help individuals who are seeking to lose weight, achieve their weight loss goals.

The formula is made up of a proprietary blend that is comprised of several well-known ingredients commonly found in many OTC diet pills on the weight loss market. These ingredients include: L-Phenylalanine, Theobromine, Caffeine, Synephrine HCL, L-Taurine, L-Carnitine (as Tartrate), DHEA (Dedhydoepiandrosterone).

Each of these substances have been studied in one way or another. Some clinical studies have found that some of these ingredients may have the potential to benefit weight loss. For example, research has found that L-Phenylalanine may work to help suppress appetite by blocking the hormone cholecystokinin, which tells the brain when the body’s hunger is satisfied. L-Carnitine is thought to lower body fat and boost energy levels. Among other benefits, Caffeine, Theobromine, Syneprhine, and L-Taurine are also believed to be energy boosters.

Although there is sufficient scientific evidence that proves caffeine can help to increase a person’s alertness, beyond this evidence, there is no clinical proof that any of these ingredients will actually benefit those who take them for weight loss.

Furthermore, it should also be noted that FenTrim contains multiple stimulants or ingredients containing stimulants. The presence of stimulants, especially more than one, increases the risk of unpleasant side effects, some of which may include insomnia, jitters, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, digestive upset, headaches, etc.

In addition, this product contains synephrine, a naturally occurring stimulant in citrus aurantium (bitter orange). This is troubling because synephrine has been found to enhance the effects of caffeine, which may not only increase the risk of certain adverse effects, but also result in much more dangerous side effects, such as fainting, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

Due to the fact that this dietary supplement contains a potentially harmful combination of ingredients, it would be wise to first speak with your healthcare provider before taking it. Anyone with sensitivity to stimulants or who has an allergy to any of this pill’s ingredients should avoid taking FenTrim.

When this review was written, each bottle contained 60 white and blue speckled tablets, which is the equivalent to a 30-day supply. A single bottle of FenTrim cost $35.95 on Amazon. The suggested dose is to take 2 pills, daily (1 tablet on an empty stomach before breakfast and 1 before lunch).

PhenRx

PhenRx claims to provide individuals seeking weight loss with appetite suppression, energy enhancement, mental focus, fat burning, enhanced metabolic function, a significantly lowered body mass index (BMI) and “extreme weight loss”. The official Nexgen Biolabs product page says that the PhenRx formula can increase metabolism, significantly curb appetite, burn fat in problematic areas, and stimulate the thydroid.

At the time this review was written, one bottle of PhenRx containing 60 capsules cost $44.99. Each one of the PhenRx capsules contains 377mg of a propriety blend that is comprised of: 1,3,7 – Trimethylxanthine, Beta-Phenylethylamine, Synephrine HCL, N,N-dimethyl-4-hydroxyphenylethylamine, Schizandrol A, 5-Hydroxytryptophan, and Yohimbine HCL. Additional ingredients include Magnesium Stearate and Silicon Dioxide.

While most of these ingredients are commonly found in many OTC diet pills on the market, and some research has shown that these substances can offer some benefits for weight loss, sufficient evidence is lacking to back up claims that they are safe and effective for reducing weight. Moreover, what is particularly disappointing about the Nexgen Biolabs page for PhenRx is that a science page is provided, which goes into detail about how the product supposedly works and helps a person lose weight, but at no point does it make any specific reference to the ingredients used within its proprietary blend, nor does it cite any studies.

The recommended dosage is to take 1 capsule before lunch and 1 capsule before dinner. Users who have assessed their tolerance can take up to one more capsule per day if they require additional appetite suppression.

This dosage recommendation instantly raises some red flags. The reason is that based on the ingredients list provided in the supplement facts sheet, PhenRx contains multiple stimulants including 1,3,7 – Trimethylxanthine (caffeine), Yohimbine HCL, and Synephrine. Since it contains more than one stimulant ingredient, it increases the risk of side effects, such as insomnia, anxiety, jitters, mood swings, headache, etc. Considering it is recommend that you take 1 capsule before dinner, it seems more likely that you would increase your chances of having difficulty sleeping.

Moreover, synephrine is a stimulant found in bitter orange and the FDA has warned that it can lead to severe cardiovascular side effects in certain individuals, including increased blood pressure, fainting, stroke and heart attack, especially when used in combination with caffeine.

It would be wise to first speak with your doctor before taking PhenRx, particularly if you have sensitivities to stimulants, are currently taking other medications or supplements, or if you have a medical condition.