The Best & Worst Weight Loss Drugs - PART III
FDA approved drugs for weight loss
These weight loss drugs have been tried, tested and some have proved effective for weight loss while others have not quite made the mark. Find out what works and what does not.
This is a drug which combines phentermine and topiramate. This is available only on prescription and prescribed if you have a BMI over 30 or a body mass index of 27 and higher besides a weight-related issue such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. It acts by suppressing appetite and bringing down your food intake. The best part is that it can make you lose weight three times faster than if you used just diet and exercise alone. Lifestyle modifications too need to be made.
Belviq is a medication prescribed to those with a BMI of 30 or more or a body mass index of 27 besides an obesity-related condition. It acts by helping you control your appetite by activating the serotonin transmitters in your brain that make you feel full quickly. This should be ideally used with a doctor prescribed exercise regimen, behavioral change and reduced calorie diet.
This is an injectable medication that is prescribed to those who have a BMI of 27 or more along with a weight-related medical condition such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. This works like a hormone that is present in the body naturally and is meant to regulate appetite. This makes you feel fuller sooner than usual. It not only helps you to lose weight but also keep it off.
Contrave is a drug that helps you lose two to four times more weight than using diet and exercise alone. It helps you control cravings by acting on the central nervous system. This burns more calories and cuts down your weight.
This is a medication prescribed for those with moderate to severe binge eating disorder. This acts by restoring the balance of certain chemicals in the brain. This is not recommended for weight loss.
Phentermine is sold under various names such as Suprenza, Adipex-P, Kraftobese, and Teramine. This is the most widely prescribed diet pill across the United States. This is prescribed for those overweight and having weight related problems. The downside of this drug is that it can be habit-forming.
This was an appetite suppressant tablet that was popular but was banned in 2010. Though the FDA had initally approved this drug, later it was banned as research showed that it contributed in a big way to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.