Update 3/9/20. PhenTabz is a weight loss pill that I had never heard of until someone asked me about it on my Facebook page. After looking at the PhenTabz website, I wanted to review this product because I had questions. For example, what are its ingredients? Is it a drug or a supplement? What the heck is Ampheta HCL? Most importantly, does PhenTabz really work? If I had questions, I knew others might too. Let’s see what we can discover. Also see the review on Phen375 for more info.
What Is PhenTabz?
PhenTabz is a weight loss supplement. It is not a prescription drug. The bottle looks like a drug bottle and the name “phen” may give the impression the product contains phentermine, a prescription weight loss drug. PhenTabz does not contain phentermine.
Also, bottles may contain The bottle also contained “Ampheta HCL” which also makes it sound “drug-like.”
There are 2 different types of this supplement:
- PhenTabz Plus
In the past there were 3 versions:
- PhenTabz Teen
- PhenTabz RX
But the teen and RX versions no longer seem to be sold
What is Ampheta HCL?
Originally “Ampheta HCL” appeared on the PhenTabz bottle althought this may not be so any more. The word looks like “amphetamine” and sure enough, this is a word that refers to synthetic amphetamine. Amphetamines are stimulants. Ampheta HCL isn’t an actual ingredient in PhenTabz however. Rather, it’s a word used to refer to the nature of ingredients in the product and to give people the idea that the product contains stimulants. “Ampheta” sounds like “amphetamines”
Why Is “Phen” In The Name?
The prefix Phen is a reference to phentermine, a prescription weight loss drug. It’s a stimulant. Back in the 1990s, phentermine was part of the infamous Fen-Phen drug combination which was pulled from the market in the US because it caused heart problems. Phentermine did not cause these problems and so it’s still available by prescription.
Who Makes PhenTabz ?
The company is Lexium Laboratories also known as Lexium International. Another name that may no longer be used is Gentech Pharmaceuticals. The website is lexiuminternational.com
The Both Lexium International and PhenTabz .com lists their US address as 1591 Hayley Lane #203 Fort Myers, Fl 33907.
The Better Business Bureau gives Lexium International an F rating. See the BBB file for more information.
How to Contact PhenTabz
Call Lexium at 888-666-1714
Clinical research on the supplement could not be located. So to know if it really works means we'll have to look at the ingredients.
Let's do that next.
The ingredients in the supplement are not listed on the company website. Searching online turns up pictures that reveal each tablet containing 290 mg of the following ingredients
- Caffeine (a stimulant)
- Synephrine (a stimulant)
- Octopamine (a stimulant)
Since caffeine is listed first, Phentabz is mostly made up of caffeine.
The Old Ingredients
The PhenTabz of today is a little different than it used to be. Originally the supplement contained these ingredients
Heres a summary of those ingredients
This is another name for caffeine. Why don't they just call it caffeine?
Another name for this compound is DMAA. DMAA was a nasal decongestant created in the 1940s. Since it’s a drug, it's not allowed in dietary supplements according to the FDA. There are reports of people dying after using supplements containing DMAA. For more on DMAA see
Methylhexaneamine (DMAA) since been has been replaced by Octopamine methyl-synepherine).
Other, more familiar names for this ingredient include:
- Bitter orange
- Seville Orange
- Citrus aurantium
It’s also called Synephrine.
Whatever name you call it, octopamine has been used in weight loss supplements for at least 20 years. Other supplements containing it include:
Slim Fuel (click to see the review)
Jillian Michael s Fat Burner (click to see the review)
SABA ACE (click to see the review)
The idea behind using the ingredient is synephrine “looks” like the herb, ephedra. The thinking is that if it looks like ephedra, it might do the same things as ephedra – such as weight loss. There were studies of ephedra showing it could help people lose weight. But, ephedra has been banned from dietary supplements for many years, due to sometimes fatal outcomes from its use.
So does synephrine help people lose weight? Some research says yes and other research says no. One reason for this discrepancy may be that there are at least 6 different types of synephrine. Not all types may have the same effects. Also, researchers may not always know the type they are using.
PhenTabz vs. ADD Tabz
ADD Tabz is another supplement sold by Lexium International. As the name implies ADD Tabz is supposed to similar to Adderall for those with ADD and ADHD. For the record its not the same as ADD medication.
The ingredients in ADD Tabz are not listed on the Lexium International website. Previously, the ingredients were:
Its ingredients are:
- Methyl Synepherine
- Choline CDP
The ingredients may have changed by the time you read this.
PhenTabz For Teens
The PhenTabz for teenagers supplement is no longer sold. Which is good. Kids have enough problems these days without diet pill companies trying to make them think they need to lose weight. If you are a teenager and think you need to lose weight, diet pills are not the answer. Talk to your school health teacher about safe and research-proven ways to help. Or leave a question below and I will try to help you.
PhenTabz and Exercise
“PhenTabz helps athletes push beyond their training and performance limitations” is a statement made on the product website. But, since there is no clinical trials on PhenTabz, how do they know it does this? How do they know it really works?
PhenTabz is a stimulant supplement. Stimulants –caffeine and otherwise – are ingredients in many pre-workout supplements. While in theory, it makes some sense that a more awake athlete might be able to work harder, I’m not aware of any good proof that pre-workout supplements help people get bigger, stronger or faster. If they did, couldn’t you just drink Diet Coke or coffee and get the same effect?
One side effect of stimulants not often mentioned is rhabdomyolysis, a serious medical disorder from over-exercising. In one report a 22-year-old man developed rhabdo after using a weight loss supplement containing synephrine
If you exercise, you need to be aware of rhabdomyolysis.
PhenTabz Side Effects
The supplement contains stimulants. As such here are something to consider when using. This list is not complete
- Start with less than recommended for the first week
- PhenTabz label indicates to not take more than 2 pills per day.
- Don't use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Talk to your doctor if you have health problems such as but not limited to heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes or any type of heart problems.
- Don't combine with other stimulants you are taking
- The stimulants may keep you awake if you take close to bed
- talk to your doctor if you have psychological disorders
- Stop taking PhenTabz at least 2 weeks before having surgery
I believe that people who have ANY medical issues or who take ANY medications should show the ingredients to their doctor and pharmacist and get their ok before using this product.
Does PhenTabz Work?
Despite the name, PhenTabz is not related to phentermine but it does contain stimulants. No proof of the supplement works could be located.
If you're looking for a good weight loss supplement, there are safer alternatives out there.
Here is a list of ingredients that I feel are safest along with other things that can help too.