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There are no miracle weight loss drugs and diet pills don't melt the fat away; however some prescription drugs may help you lose 5 % to 10 % of your body weight. You will still need to eat less and exercise more to lose weight.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several drugs in recent years for treatment of obesity. Here are some things you should know about prescription weight-loss medications:
- These medications are for people with significant weight problems. They are prescribed for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30, or weight that makes it difficult to control other health issues, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type two diabetes.
- Many of these drugs cannot be used in pregnant women or those trying to get pregnant. Belviq, Contrave, and Qsymia can cause harm to a fetus if they are used during pregnancy. Women of childbearing age should use contraception while taking these drugs. They should also be tested before they start taking any of them to make sure they are not pregnant.
- The weight loss may be modest, but the health benefits can be significant. You can expect to lose 5% to 10% of your weight or 5 to 10 pounds for every 100 which can lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol.
- All of these drugs have side effects. Qsymia can increase heart rate in some people, and Contrave can cause seizures. Eating fat while taking Xenical can cause diarrhea.
- You may have to take the drugs for a long time. Taking a medication for three months only will not work and you will gain the weight back when you stop. Like any weight-loss program, you will need to commit to a long-term plan.
- Not all insurance companies cover weight-loss drugs. Don’t ask why but a lot of the insurance companies either won’t pay for your weight loss prescription or restrict what drug they will cover and for how long. Without insurance, these drugs can cost a couple of hundred dollars a month out-of-pocket.
What Weight Loss Drugs are Available?
This drug is also sold as an over the counter drug called Alli. It prevents the action of a pancreatic enzyme called lipase, which breaks down fat in the small intestine. Taken with each meal, it prevents the absorption of the fat from the food into the body.
This drug acts on serotonin receptors in the brain to promote a feeling of fullness, and helps you eat less.
Qysmia combines two drugs: Phentermine which is a stimulant that decreases appetite; and Topiramate, an anti-seizure and migraine drug that also decreases appetite and causes feelings of fullness.
This is a combination of Bupropion, approved to help stop smoking and to treat depression; and Naltrexone to treat alcohol and opioid addiction.
Unlike the other FDA-approved drugs, which are taken by mouth, Saxenda is taken as a once-a-day shot. It tells the brain your stomach is full and curbs over-eating.