This Week’s Top Stories About Weight Loss Drugs

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This Week’s Top Stories About Weight Loss Drugs

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Not all weight loss drugs on the market are approved by the USDA . Currently with all the weight loss drugs on the market, very few carry the stamp of approval for long- term weight loss.

Sibutramine– also knows as Meridia. This weight-loss drug is used in conjunction with a low-calorie diet. Subutramine is prescribed by doctors for patients who have thirty pounds or more to lose. These do not include people who are suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia, or anyone taking monoamine  oxidase inhibitors.

Sibutramine is known to increase heart-rate, raise blood pressure and send pulses racing. Subutramine or Meridia should not be taken by people suffering from heart disease, those who have had a stroke, or who are battling liver disease or hypertension. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not take this drug.

Side effects include: headache, dry mouth, stuffy nose, insomnia, anorexia and constipation.

Orlistat also known as Xenical– is used along with a low-fat diet. Xenical is known to not only help you lose weight, but to keep it off for long periods of time. Oristat is a lipase inhibitor- or a fat blocker.
This simply means that this pill stops the body from absorbing so much fat. But in that process, it also blocks out the absorption of essential vitamins like A,D,E,and K as well as beta caradine. If you do start taking this weight loss pill you will need to talk to your doctor about the proper supplements.

Side effects are: loose oily bowels, frequency of stools, gas with discharge.

It is interesting to note that out of all the weight-loss drugs available on the market today, few have the FDA approval attached to them.  Those of years past that had the FDA seal of approval, have now been pulled off of shelves based on problems that developed during long-term use of the drugs. These drugs are no longer considered effective or safe.

How do drugs become approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration? The FDA was formed in 1930 with the prime focus being to get folks away from the harmful drugs showing up on the grocer’s shelves. These drugs contained high amounts of cocaine and other illicit drugs. The products were only tested for a week’s time before showing up into the mainstream markets.

Today with new drugs being introduced daily, the procedure for researching them is still quite outdated. The FDA only studies drugs for two weeks, talks to the people who took the drug and then writes up a report releasing the drug into the market.

So next time, you pick up a “miracle melt-your-pounds-away- instantly weight- loss drug, consider the ramifications. Not just to your pocketbook, but to your overall health and well-being. And if the drug is FDA approved,
remember that the studies done on the drug are short-term studies only, and you are in it for the long-haul. This drug may not serve your needs.

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