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July 7, 2008

When Should You Resort To Weight Loss Pills?

If you are desperate to lose some weight you may be tempted to buy some of the over the counter weight loss pills. You may also consider asking your doctor to prescribe something to help tip the scales in your favor. Before you take these drastic steps there are a few things you should consider.

First of all, if you have not truly altered your diet and increased your exercise, do not even think about weight loss pills. No matter how much weight you want to lose you will have to do these two things, even with weight lose pills.

Second of all, if you are thinking about weight loss pills you should be obese, not just wanting to lose a few pounds. Only people that are obese and have an increased medical risk because of their weight should turn to diet pills. Remember that everything you put in your body will have some type of effect on it. No weight loss pills, over the counter or prescription come without any side effects.

So, if you have a Body Mass Index of 30 or more or have a Body Mass Index of 27 and have come other obesity-related condition, diet pills may be a suitable course of action for you. The most popular weight loss medications are Sibutramine, Phentermine, Diethylpropion, Phendimetrazine, and Orlistat. All of these medications are approved by the FDA to be prescribed for weight loss. Other medications, some of which are prescribed for other conditions, such as depression are some times given to patients because the help with weight loss.

Some of the side effects that people have with Orlistat are cramping, intestinal discomfort, diarrhea and leakage from oily stools. You should not eat high fatty food while taking this medication because it can make the symptoms much worse.

Sibutramine has been known to increase blood pressure and the heart rate so it is not typically prescribed to people that have blood or heart complications. Some of the main side effects for those that are able to take Sibutramine are dry mouth, constipation and insomnia.

Phentermine, Phendimetrazime and Diethylpropion can all cause euphoria, sleeplessness and nervousness. These drugs are also not prescribed to people that have an overactive thyroid, glaucoma or high blood pressure.

The problem with weight loss medications is that we really do not know that side effects of them. The longest weight loss medication study went for four years which is not enough time to truly determine what will happen to those that take these pills in the long run.

If you do choose to use prescription weight loss medications be aware that there are side effects for each one. The long term effects are not known so you may be subject to additional side effects that are not listed.

It is also extreme important to recognize the fact that you will still need to change your lifestyle even though you are taking weight loss medication. Using weight loss medication repeatedly is not recommended and over usage often causes it not to work.

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