Food and Drug Administration-Approved Prescription Weight-loss Medications

By jupton1 Latest Reply 2008-06-29 14:27:44 -0500
Started 2008-06-01 03:12:24 -0500

I was woundering if anyone has tried any of these meds to help with weight loss????Food and Drug Administration-Approved Prescription Weight-loss Medications

Most of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved weight-loss medications are approved for short-term use, meaning a few weeks, but doctors may prescribe them for longer periods of time—a practice called “off-label” use. (See the box below for more information about off-label use.) Sibutramine and orlistat are the only weight-loss medications approved for longer-term use in patients who are significantly obese. Their safety and effectiveness have not been established for use beyond 2 years, however.

Appetite Suppressants. Most available weight-loss medications approved by the FDA are appetite-suppressant medications. These include sibutramine, phentermine, phendimetrazine, and diethylpropion. Appetite-suppressant medications promote weight loss by decreasing appetite or increasing the feeling of being full. These medications make you feel less hungry by increasing one or more brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite. Phentermine and sibutramine are the most commonly prescribed appetite-suppressants in the United States.

NOTE: Amphetamines are a type of appetite suppressant. However, amphetamines are not recommended for use in the treatment of obesity due to their strong potential for abuse and dependence.

Lipase Inhibitors. The drug orlistat reduces the body’s ability to absorb dietary fat by about one-third. It does this by blocking the enzyme lipase, which is responsible for breaking down dietary fat. When fat is not broken down, the body cannot absorb it, so it is eliminated and fewer calories are taken in.

In early 2007, orlistat was approved for over-the-counter (OTC) sale for adults age 18 and over. This means that the drug may be purchased without a prescription. The OTC version of orlistat is sold under the brand name alli. Alli is meant to be taken with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet, exercise, and a daily multivitamin. Its side effects are similar to those for prescription orlistat. Anyone considering taking alli should read information about side effects, drug interactions, and usage recommendations on the drug’s packaging or website,

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9 replies

whateverdidi 2008-06-29 14:27:44 -0500 Report

most of the drugs for weight loss are a scam. that ali, it will make you lose weight, but it also will make you lose your bowels in your underware as well. the other drugs will effect your heart as well. the best and only way to lose weight is to eat a balanced well porpotioned sized meal and increase your exercise. that is the only way.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-05 18:18:55 -0500 Report

Just be careful when you plan to try a diet plan/pill, especially one that is OTC (over the counter). It may interfere with any other medications already prescibed by your physician and cause unwanted side effects. Programs such as Weight Watchers or Curves are wonderful and very helpful to most people. They give you support from others, which increases your willpower and compliance.

taz202020 2008-06-06 19:34:10 -0500 Report

Good ideas. Unfortuanetly, I can't afford the weight watchers program. I do have a health club membership that I don''t use any more because I'm so heavy and it's embarrassing. I'll start back again when I've lost some weight and actually be able to use some of the equipment. I purchased a used treadmill and have been using it for a couple of weeks and my lowfat diet. It has really lower my bg levels to the normal diabetic range and it's just encouraging to continue this program. Some days are harder than others to get motivated so I work out 2x for a little shorter period. I feel much better about myself!

jitter 2008-06-28 08:01:17 -0500 Report

My question is this..with weight loss programs..I have put my husband on smart ones meals for his lunches..with a yogurt and applesauce made with splenda. That holds him over until his evening meal, then he gets a bigger meal to hold him till morning. Drinks alot of water during the evening instead of sodas and coffee..It is very difficult for him to excercise due to his artifical hip, right leg artifical femur bone, and his pelvic bone pinned together. He is about 5 foot 9 and weighs about I on the right track with eating habits..

ncnurse1459 2008-06-29 10:47:06 -0500 Report

Hi Jitter…Talk with a dietician or nutritionist who can give you the BEST information, or to your doctor. Your husband needs a plan to follow based on his BMI, ht/weight, any medical issues, including the diabetes. Angie

taz202020 2008-06-04 11:52:51 -0500 Report

I have used the Alli. I have had great results. I lost 22lbs in about 6 weeks with a low fat diet and no excersize. I couldn't afford to continue buying it so I begged my doctor for the prescription. I've been afraid to use it yet because it's twice as poweful as the Alli. But I have to do it and hope there aren't any intestinal side effects. I really followed the instructions. The side effects are basically diaherra to expel the extra fat you have consumed. It's a good incentive to stay on a lowfat diet. I didn't have these side effects on the Alli because I really watched what I ate. I have now added excersize to my program so I expect to see even better results. l I really would recemmend giving it a try as long as it doesn't interfere with other meds. I'm on a ton of meds and it didn't affect me. It's also the only weight loss drug that doen't have a stimulant in it so you won't get jittery or nauseated. That was really important to me.
Hope this helps.

jupton1 2008-06-01 03:33:33 -0500 Report

How does the alli program work?
alli™ is the only FDA approved, over-the-counter weight loss product. But it's more than just a pill. It's an innovative weight loss program.

The pill works by preventing your body from absorbing some of the fat you eat. The active ingredient in alli attaches to some of the natural enzymes in the digestive system and prevents absorption of about a quarter of the fat you eat. Undigested fat cannot be absorbed and passes through the body naturally. Because alli works only in the digestive tract, it will not affect your heart or brain so you will not experience any racing heart or jitteriness.

Along with the capsule, the alli program supplies you with a wealth of education, advice and support.

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