Prescribed Drugs for Weight Loss
Obesity-related risks are very dangerous. For people who are unable to lose much weight from exercises or diet, prescribed drugs may help. In fact, prescribed drugs can help you to lose more weight than you would by following the other alternatives of weight loss.
Some of the prescribed drugs for long-term use are mentioned below.
Orlistat (also sold as Alli or Xenical) – Using this drug prevents the absorption of 30% of the calories that you take. This drug can prevent the absorption of some vitamins along with the fat. So it is advisable to take multivitamins along with Orlistat. Possible side effects include certain digestive problems like acidity, diarrhoea, stomach ache, etc.
Lorcaserin (or Belviq) – This acts as an appetite suppressant thereby reducing your food intake. It helps you lose about 5% of your body fat. This drug shouldn’t be used for more than 12 weeks. Possible side effects include nausea, dizziness, tiredness, headaches, etc.
Phentermine and topiramate-ER (or Qsymia) – These two drugs should always be used in combination. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant and Topiramate is an antiseizure drug. This combined medication is available in three doses and should not be used for longer than 12 weeks. Dizziness, sleep problems, a tingling sensation in your hands and feet, dry mouth, change in taste are some common side effects.
Why you should never take a weight loss drug.
It is necessary to follow an exercise program and a proper diet along with any of these medications to have the best results.