Information About Pills to Lose Weight
FAQs, Questions About Weight-Loss Medications
About Obesity Medications
- Anti-Obesity Drugs - Prescription
Development of Diet Pills
- Meridia Short-Term Obesity Drug
- Xenical Lipase Inhibitors
- Xenical Study
Obesity Management - Orlistat
Weight Loss Study - Sibutramine
FDA Approved Obesity Drug
Study - Obesity
Drugs & Diabetes -
Risks of Weight Loss Pills - Adipex
Side Effects of Adipex
- Phentermine to Reduce Appetite
- Side Effects
Q: I only need to lose 10 pounds.
Are weight-loss medications appropriate for me?
A: Weight-loss medications may be appropriate
for carefully selected patients who are at significant medical risk because
of their obesity. They are not recommended for use by people who are only
mildly overweight unless they have health problems that are made worse
by their weight. These medications should not be used only to improve
Q: Can medications replace physical
activity or changes in eating habits as a way to lose weight?
A: No. The use of weight-loss medications
to treat obesity should be combined with physical activity and improved
diet to lose and maintain weight successfully over the long term.
Q: Will I regain some weight after
I stop taking weight-loss medications?
A: Probably. Most studies show that the
majority of patients who stop taking weight-loss medications regain the
weight they had lost. Maintaining healthy eating and physical activity
habits will increase your likelihood of keeping weight off.
Q: How long will I need to take weight-loss
medications to treat obesity?
A: The answer depends upon whether the
medication helps you to lose and maintain weight and whether you have
any side effects. Because obesity is a chronic disease, any treatment,
whether drug or nondrug, may need to be continued for years, and perhaps
a lifetime, to improve health and maintain a healthy weight. There is
little information on how safe and effective weight-loss medications are
for many years of use.
See also: Obesity
& Drug Treatment for Weight Loss
Q: What dosage of weight-loss medication
is right for me?
A: There is no one correct dose for weight
loss medications. Your doctor will decide what works best for you based
on his or her evaluation of your medical condition and response to treatment.
Questions to Raise with Your Doctor
BEFORE Choosing Weight-Loss Drugs
Before choosing weight-loss medications
for the long-term management of obesity, you should talk to your doctor
about any concerns you may have. In addition, it is important that you
discuss the following issues with your doctor.
Q. What type of program will be provided
along with the medication to help me improve my eating and physical activity
Studies show that weight-loss medications
work best when combined with a weight-management program that helps you
improve your eating and physical activity habits. Ask your doctor any
questions or concerns that you may have about good nutrition and physical
Q. How will I be evaluated to determine
if I am an appropriate candidate for weight-loss medication?
Your physician will look at a number of
factors to determine if you are a good candidate for prescription weight-loss
medication. He or she will determine how overweight you are and where
your body fat is distributed. Your doctor may do the following:
- Take a careful medical history and perform
a physical examination.
- Look at your personal weight history.
- Ask whether you have relatives with
illnesses related to overweight, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus or
- Discuss the methods you have used to
lose weight in the past.
- Evaluate your risk for obesity-related
health problems by measuring your blood pressure and doing blood tests.
Existing Medical Conditions and Weight
It is important that you notify your physician
if you have any of the following medical conditions:
- Pregnancy or breast-feeding
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
- History of an eating disorder
- History of depression or manic depressive
- Use of monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors
or antidepressant medications
- Migraine headaches requiring medication
- Heart disease or heart condition, such
as an irregular heart beat
- High blood pressure
- Planning to have surgery that requires
When Your Doctor Recommends Prescription
Weight Loss Medications to Reduce Medical Risks of Obesity
If your doctor determines that you have obesity-related
health problems or are at high risk for such problems, and if you have been
unable to lose weight or maintain weight loss with non-drug treatment, he
or she may recommend that you use prescription weight-loss medications.
Weight-loss medications may be appropriate for carefully selected patients
who are at significant medical risk because of their obesity. They are not
recommended for people who are only mildly overweight unless they have health
problems that are made worse by their weight. These medications should not
be used only to improve appearance.
Sources: Weight Control Information Network
(WIN). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases