How Does Plenity Work?

Plenity is a non-systemic medication made from cellulose and citric acid, both of which are natural ingredients. The medication works directly in the gastrointestinal tract. When Plenity is taken, the capsules disintegrate in the stomach and release thousands of tiny Plenity particles. These particles can hydrate up to 100 times their original weight, which causes them to occupy a significant amount of stomach volume. As these particles mix with ingested food, they create a strong feeling of fullness. This results in decreased appetite and reduced caloric intake, which can lead to significant weight loss.

How Much Weight Can You Lose With Plenity?

In clinical trials, 59% of people taking Plenity lost an average of 10% of their starting body weight in six months of taking the medication. This came out to an average of 22 lbs lost.

How Soon Can I Expect to Lose Weight?

Many patients taking Plenity have noticed significant weight loss in as little as four weeks of taking the medication. However, it can sometimes take as long as two months to see noticeable results.

How Often Is Plenity Taken?

Plenity is meant to be taken twice per day—once before lunch and once before dinner.

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How Do I Take Plenity?

When taking Plenity in NYC, Long Island, & New Jersey, follow the instructions on the prescription label. Plenity comes in capsule form, and you’re meant to take three before lunch and three before dinner each day. Plenity capsules are meant to be taken orally and swallowed. With each dose of Plenity, you should drink 16 oz of water and wait approximately 20 minutes before eating your meal.

Your Plenity capsules should be stored at room temperature and kept away from moisture and heat.

Is Plenity Safe?

Plenity is an FDA-approved medication made entirely from natural building blocks. Provided that you follow your doctor’s instructions and use the medication properly, Plenity is safe to take. However, you should not take Plenity if you:

  • Are under 22 years of age
  • Are currently pregnant
  • Are allergic to cellulose, citric acid, sodium stearyl fumarate, gelatin, or titanium dioxide

Risks and Side Effects of Plenity

Plenity can cause certain side effects in some patients. The most common side effects of the medication include:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Gas

In rare cases, Plenity can potentially cause more serious side effects as well. You should immediately contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shaking
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Rash

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