Weight loss drugs or weight management drugs are pharmacological agents which control weight by suppressing appetite or reducing calorie intake. These drugs change one of our most fundamental adaptive processes of our body, weight control, by changing either the eating or energy intake of calories. In fact, these weight loss drugs are very effective if only they are properly administered and taken as prescribed. But in most cases, these drugs fail to provide desired results and they only lead to increasing the burden on our health and even weaken our ability to regain lost weight when we resume our normal eating habits. So how then can this be controlled?
First and foremost, it is very important that the weight loss drugs be properly diagnosed by a medical practitioner. It should be understood that in most cases, these drugs cannot be used to prevent weight gain or reduce weight, but merely to suppress certain symptoms, which in turn aggravate certain existing conditions or increase the risk of developing new ones. For instance, the commonly prescribed medications such as tamoxifen, niacin, and risperdal belong to the class of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
The FDA itself has stated that all known medications that act on the serotonin receptors are capable of causing an increase in blood pressure. This is true even in the case of Orlistat, an anti-salt and artery clogger. However, this medication only affects the blood pressure of individuals who have salt-related hypertension (pre-hypertension) and not those who have normal blood pressure. In other words, there are some weight loss drugs that are just as dangerous as other medications that are meant to cure, prevent or treat diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. There are some medications which act directly on the serotonin receptors. Some examples of these are equipments used in psychiatric treatment and antidepressants.
Aside, from Orlistat, other weight loss drugs that have the ability to increase the body mass index (bmi) include Fluconazole, a topical anti-inflammatory, and Phentermine, a pharmaceutical stimulant which is known to increase energy levels and metabolism. These two substances together may result to excess fat around the stomach area and can also result to changes in bowel habits. If the consumer is not careful with these weight loss drugs, he may be prone to constipation. Moreover, excessive intake of Phentermine may result to decreased blood pressure and heart rate. Thus, it is important for medical professionals to know and understand the side effects of these weight loss drugs.
Another type of weight loss drugs that can make one lose weight rapidly include Metformin, which is available in the form of extended release tablets. It is believed that these medications can make the liver produces more sugar than what it usually does. In addition, it can also slow down the process of fat absorption. However, these medications are usually prescribed only when the patient has severe obesity and needs immediate treatment as a result of health complications brought about by obesity.
Obesity is not an easy condition to cope with, but there are several ways to lose weight effectively and safely. If you or a loved one is obese, it would be helpful to seek for professional help through visiting your local doctor. If your doctor decides to prescribe you or provide you prescription weight loss drugs, it is important that you strictly follow their instructions. Your doctor may also give you information on the side effects of these prescription weight loss drugs.