Important Points About Medical Weight Loss Pills
Weight Loss Medicines are Long Term
Obesity is a chronic disease so these weight loss drugs are meant to be taken for the long term
Medical weight loss treatment is offered to all patients with the disease obesity who have a BMI greater than 30 with or without complications and those with BMI is 27 or greater with obesity-related complications.
They must have sufficient excess weight that affects their health and have tried more conservative measures to lose weight and been unable to lose weight or keep it off.
Expected Results of Weight Loss Medicines
You can expect a 5 to 8 percent weight loss, on average, over six months, and you will lose more when you take these medications in conjunction with a diet and lifestyle program
People who chart and monitor their calories and exercise also tend to lose more weight
Weight Loss Medicines – Only Available from Your Doctor
Xenical/Orlistat – this is what is called a lipase inhibitor.
Basically it stops your body from digesting and absorbing fats and oils.
It works only in the intestines and is not absorbed into the blood stream. As such, it is very safe. However, the oil that is not absorbed has to come out from somewhere. So you really need to be careful when on this medicine.
A good way to control this is by taking a lot of fiber.
The fiber traps the oil and you will have oily stools instead of an accident.
Panebsy/Duromine – these are called phentermines and are also known as appetite suppressants.
They basically trick your brain into believing that you are full.
These pills can have side effects like palpitations and insomnia.
They also stop working after about 3 months. It is best to think of these pills as a very short term kick start to a more sustainable weight loss program based on lifestyle changes.
Glucobay – this is a medicine used to treat diabetes but has been used by doctors for weight loss. What it does is it blocks the body from absorbing carbohydrates.
Because it is not absorbed into the blood stream, it is also relatively safe. However, the undigested carbohydrates in the gut will be broken down by bacteria and this can cause a lot of gas.
A socially embarrassing but not dangerous side effect.
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