EFFECTIVENESS OF WEIGHT LOSS PILLS

For most people, the best way of losing weight is eating less, exercising and reducing stress. Different drugs that can help people to lose weight have been introduced into the market. These drugs are believed to be safe and effective as they help in suppressing appetite and burn more calories. However, if you want to lose weight faster combine diet pills with exercise. In recent years, diet pills are available over-the-counter but you need to consult a medical professional before choosing a given weight loss pill.

Who Can Benefit from Diet Pills?

These pills aren’t just for everyone but there are guidelines which were released in January 2015 by the Endocrine Society. Weight loss pills should only be taken by people who are obese; this means that one must have a body mass index (BMI) which is 27 or higher. People who also have health conditions caused by being overweight such as heart disease or high blood pressure can take popular weight loss pills which has no side effects. These medications are beneficial as they help in accelerating the weight loss process. Those prescribed to these drugs are usually monitored closely and if they can’t lose at least 5% of their body weight after 3 months then they shouldn’t continue using the pills. As patients take weight loss pills they also need to develop positive habits because this combination will help them lose weight faster.

Weight Loss Pills Available

In recent years, many people have become overweight or obese and these has led to introduction of weight loss pills. Companies have been doing research to come up with a drug that can help people lose weight and stay healthy and they have approved several drugs for long-term treatment of overweight or obesity. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has examined and approved some of these drugs based on their safety, effectiveness as well as their side effects. In this article I am going to explain some of the weight loss pills which were approved by the FDA:

Orlistat

This weight loss drug is available as a prescription or over-the-counter. It was approved for prescription use by the FDA in 1999 and then it was approved over-the-counter use in 2007. It is has a brand name Alli when bought over-the-counter and Xenical when used with prescription. These pills are meant to help those people who are overweight or obese to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Orlistat should be taken in combination with low-calories or low-fat diets for it to be more effective. According to a research conducted by Mayo Clinic in the years 2014, people who took Orlistat along with proper diet and exercise lost 2.5 kilograms more than those who only exercised and dieted alone.

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia is a tropical fruit that grows in Southeast Asia and India. It is filled with a chemical known as hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which is used to make drugs. Garcinia cambogia can be taken by mouth for exercise performance, treating parasites and worms, bloody diarrhea, joint pain, losing weight and for increasing bowel movement. According to several studies, the hydroxycitric acid in garcinia cambogia helps in suppressing appetite, reducing fat storage and enhances exercise endurance.

Phentermine and topiramate

This combination of drug was approved in 2012 and is mainly sold under a brand name of Qsymia. Phentermine is a stimulat that controls appetite while topiramate is a migraine and an anti-seizure drug that suppresses appetite and makes you to fill full. This drug shouldn’t be taken by pregnant women as it might cause a birth defect. The National Institute of Health carried out a research and found out that topiramate might make a person develop suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For these drugs to be effective they must be used along with proper diet and exercise.

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