a responsibility squarely on the shoulders of physicians, is not
prescribed as often as you would expect. Unlike weight loss
surgery, the use of weight loss drugs has been left behind as
a means of supporting or aiding in critical weight loss.
loss medication can be used in a comprehensive weight loss program
a support structure. This is particularly for the morbidly
structure drugs would provide the much needed physiological and
psychological assistance to succeed in losing weight
permanently. But they are not easy to come by as you need a
prescription. As an alternative one can use diet supplements
is unfortunate that the medical fraternity seems reluctant in
weight loss medications. This though, has its valid reasons.
Weight Loss Medication
Failure of different types of weight loss drugs
and the resulting expressions
of negative and harmful effect has greatly discouraged physicians from
its side effects included the
weakening of heart valves which in turn resulted to its withdrawal from
contributing factor in physician apathy to weight loss medication is
the previous and still prevailing classification of obesity as a social
Consequently physicians have left obesity treatment to
nutritionist and psychologists who are considered better equipped in
dealing with the menace.
even with the definition of obesity as a multi-factorial disease by
World Health Organisation (WHO), there has been little change in this
a result medicine has not been a huge contributing
factor in weight loss programs.
is inspite the fact that today we
do know that obesity can be a result of physiological malfunction and
therefore a disease similar to diabetes or hypertension.
physicians do not tell diabetics or a hypertension patient to only
control their diet and exercise. They definitely include some
medications to assist in correcting their physiology. Similarly,
obesity can be approached from this angle.
third reason for shunning weight loss medication by doctors is closely
related to the preceding one. Majority of physicians were not trained
to deal and treat obesity in med-school. As a matter of fact weight
loss treatment is just starting to make inroads into medical school
physicians have not had basic guidelines of
approaching weight loss professionally. Those that venture into obesity
treatment relied on self-education and some level of trial and error.
However most just shun it as a social problem seeing no reason to test
Some Weight Loss Medicines
On the other hand, research for better
loss medication has been
hindered by the fact that companies are un-willing to commit funds into
research for products/ingredients they do not fully own.
fewer weight loss drugs are being tested and even fewer are seeing
light of day.
To date few of these medicines can be said to be effective.
then, they are mostly approved for short-term use.
Below are the most common;
Sibutramine is marketed as a weight loss pill
under the brand name Meridia in the U.S and Reductil in Europe. It is a
central nervous system stimulant that inhibits the reuptake of
neurotransmitters in the brain. This leads to suppression of appetite
and an increase in the sense of fullness.
Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor that results to reduced calorie intake
by reducing fat absorption in the digestive tract. It inhibits or
incapacitates the enzyme lipase from breaking down the fat. It is
marketed as the diet pill Xenical.
: Phentermine is the most commonly prescribed appetite suppressant
accounting for over 50% weight loss prescription in the U.S, probably
because it is cheaper than the alternatives - sibutramine and orlistat.
Phentermine decreases appetite by changing brain levels of
neurotransmitters associated with satiety.
With the negative publicity received by other weight loss medications,
prescription of these weight loss pills is still used reservedly by
physicians. And though like some other medicines, they show varying
side-effects, they can be used to combat obesity and aid in achieving
permanent weight loss.
most individuals, a change in lifestyle will result to both weight loss
and successful weight management. The challenge then lies in achieving
a healthy lifestyle consistent with a healthy weight. Weight loss
medications and supplements like Caralluma act as adjuncts to this process. They can
infact prove to be very effective for some individulas. Especially the
ones that face a problem in keeping up with a diet program.
But when if you want to lose alot of body fat; if
you want to lose belly fat ad get a flat stomach or even a six pack,
you will need more than a drug or supplements. Infact, you will need to
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change as new information on weight loss becomes
available. The information is intended for
educational purposes only. Please
consult your healthcare provider before beginning
any kind of weight loss program