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Prescription Diet Drugs


Many diet drugs must be prescribed to an individual by a licensed doctor. Usually the drugs that are prescribed have few side effects since people suffering from obesity are easy prey to serious diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, and hypertension and hormone imbalances.

Drug Administrators and Controllers regulate the prescribed drugs. An obese is advised not to go for drugs which are not prescribed by authorized practitioners. The doses are also closely regulated since an over or under dose may create trouble.

Anorectic drugs are usually suggested for the obese. This particular drug has two categories – noradrenergic agents and serotonergic agents.

Noradrenergic drugs work in the appetite center to reduce weight. Phenylpropanolamine (Dexatrim), a sympathomimetic drug and a synthetic derivative of ephedrine, may also be used as appetite suppressant and decongestant. Studies have shown that those who take this drug does lose weight. But the drug has some adverse effects and those include nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, palpitations and headaches.

FDA Warning On Phenylpropanolamine Usage

Serotonergic drugs act on the hypothalamus to decrease satiety. However, it has some adverse impact on heart and blood pressure. Fluoxetine (Prozac) is a highly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that has been recommended for the treatment of obesity.

Fluoxetine may enhance energy go by raising body temperature. However, the obese have reported inconsistent weight loss by this drug. Sibutramine (Meridia) is an adrenergic/serotonergic agent recommended for the obese weight loss. However, the drug has side effects too. It causes serious hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia.

The most commonly prescribed drugs to curb obesity are orlistat (Xenical, which lessens intestinal fat) and sibutramine (Reductil, Meridia, an anorectic).

Adverse Side Effects of Meridia; 2 Death Cases Reported

It was found that consumption of anti-diabetic metformin (Glucophage) often adds slight weight to an obese than sulfonylurea derivatives and insulin, which often lead to further weight gain.

Thiazolidinediones (rosiglitazone or pioglitazone) can cause slight weight gain, but decrease abdominal fat.

People who are overweight should not become addicted to the above mentioned drugs. No drug will work if it is not also supplemented by a healthy diet and regular exercise program. And did we mention the side effects?

“We suggest you stop taking the drugs immediately and use an alternative.”
– FDA Warning

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