The vast majority of us who are overweight have within our control the ability to lose that weight. We’ve talked about how to do that many times in the past.
However, there are some for whom typical weight-loss techniques are not enough and the physician feels that the addition of prescription medication may be warranted. Even so, the basic principles of weight management (lower calories, more activity, behavioral changes) need to be followed because medication alone will be inadequate.
There are two general categories of drugs for weight loss. One group is the lipase (fat) inhibitors; the other class includes medications that suppress the appetite.
(generic name of Xenical) works by blocking the absorption of fat in the stomach and small intestine. The unabsorbed fat is eliminated from the body in the stool. The side effects of Orlistat include oily stools, frequency and urgency of bowel movements, and gas, the passage of which may include liquid discharge. There is an over-the-counter version of Orlistat available but it is of lower strength than the prescription drug.
Adieux-P, Zantril, T-Diet, are brandotc phentermine for weight loss names for the generic Phentermine. This medication is typically prescribed for short term usage because it has been shown to be ineffective after a few months. Phentermine works by suppressing the appetite. Some of its side effects include increased heart rate, sweating, drowsiness, headache, impaired or sluggish thinking. It should never be taken in combination with other “diet” drugs or alcohol. Phentermine may be habit-forming.
Your physician will evaluate whether or not you are a candidate for weight loss medication. There are a number of medical conditions which may prohibit you from taking these drugs:
• heart disease
• high blood pressure
• thyroid disease
• kidney disease
Only you and your doctor can decide whether you are a good candidate for weight loss medication. Whether or not you make a decision in favor of drugs, there are basic principles which should apply to all approaches to weight loss.