The Major Prescription Weight Loss Medications
In the mid-1990s, weight loss drugs got a bad rap due to side effects caused by the popular drug cocktail “phen-fen.” The truth is, when used correctly under the care of a Physician, prescription weight loss medications can have a very positive impact on obese patients.
Weight loss drugs work in tandem with low-calorie diets and physical activity to help individuals lose weight. Good candidates for prescription weight loss drugs generally have a BMI over 27 and may require quick weight loss to help with obesity-related health problems. Even a relatively small amount of weight loss can improve physical well-being and lower the risks of certain diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. As with any medical weight loss technique, full support in the form of meal plans, exercise plans, and counseling are necessary for goals to be achieved.
There are two major types of prescription weight loss medications. Both should be used under the care of a doctor to promote healthy weight loss.
- Appetite suppressants can be purchased over the counter, but the most effective types are only available by prescription. They work by stimulating chemicals in the brain that make you feel full. These types of weight loss medications should be used in conjunction with a healthy, low-calorie diet and exercise.
- Fat absorption inhibitors are now available over the counter as well, but are available at the strongest strength by prescription only. The most commonly known over-the-counter brand is Alli. These drugs block dietary fat from being absorbed as food is digested. The fat is then eliminated through bowel movements.
Every prescription medication has potential side effects, and weight loss drugs are no exception. Most are prescribed for short-term treatment. Oily stools are a somewhat common side effect of fat absorption inhibitors and can be decreased with a healthier diet and careful adherence to instructions. Appetite suppressants may cause effects like sweating and increased blood pressure.
Once a goal weight is reached, many patients are advised to continue a healthy exercise routine and diet. For those who do not experience success, alternate treatments such as a gastric banding program or another form of weight loss surgery may be more appropriate.
With Slimband, patients experience significant weight loss through a combination of reversible surgery and a healthier lifestyle. This type of drug-free treatment may appeal to those who are particularly susceptible to the side effects of prescription weight loss medications, or who are looking for a long-term solution to obesity.