Our Clinical Research

Off-label Drugs for Weight Management

For over 2 decades, Dr. Hendricks has consistently dedicated his time to staying current with new research findings.  Because of his research activities, with the help of our patients, he is widely regarded as an expert in his field by Bariatric Medicine specialists across the globe. On June 13, 2017, the Dovepress published, worldwide, Dr. [...]

We Debunked the Most Common Myth About Phentermine

We Debunked the Most Common Myth About Phentermine The International Journal of Obesity recently published the study by Dr. Hendricks et al., demonstrated there are no conclusive evidence long-term use of phentermine results in addiction. So why is this unfounded, unscientific belief so pervasive? Dr. Hendricks and team have coupled obesity treatment with proven medicine and sound advice on [...]

Addiction potential of phentermine prescribed for obesity

Objective: To determine whether long-term phentermine treatment produces any sign or symptom of abuse or addiction. Date of Research Idea: October 2007. Collaborators: Frank L. Greenway, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University. Manit Srisurapanont, M.D., Ph.D., Chaig Mai University, Chang Mai, Thailand, Stacy Schmidt, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Denver. Description: A [...]

Blood Pressure, Heart rate effects, Weight Loss, and Maintenance During Long-term Phentermine Treatment for Obesity.

Objective: To determine cardiovascular safety and effectiveness of long-term phentermine treatment. Date of Research Idea: October 2009. Collaborators: Eric C. Westman, M.D., Duke University, Frank L. Greenway, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University. Alok K. Gupta, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center Description: A retrospective observational study of 300 sequential returning patients treated with [...]

Does abrupt cessation of phentermine treatment for obesity induce amphetamine-like withdrawal?

Objective: To determine if patients taking prescribed phentermine long-term who quit taking the drug develop any signs of an amphetamine-like withdrawal syndrome. Date of Research Idea: December 2007. Collaborator: Frank L. Greenway, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University. Description: A retrospective observational study of patients who had chosen to cease taking phentermine. The [...]

Survey of U.S. Obesity treatment specialists prescribing practices

Objective: To determine how obesity treatment specialists use pharmacotherapy for treating obesity. To determine what drugs are being used in what doses and for what durations. Date of Research Idea: October 2007. Collaborators: Frank L. Greenway, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University; Richard B. Rothman, M.D., Ph.D., National Institute of Drug Abuse. Description: [...]

BACKGROUND ON Our Clinical Research

The concept of using a medicine to treat obesity began a hundred years ago and some of the compounds tried before World War II had some truly awful side effects so it was inevitable that controversy arose when the newly created FDA approved an amphetamine for treating obesity in 1944. At the time the American [...]