Prescription weight loss pills and drugs
Do I Need a Prescription Weight Loss Drug?
Using prescription weight loss drugs to treat obesity should be used as an option for the following individuals:
* People with a body mass index(BMI) of 30 and above with no obesity-related conditions.
* A person with a BMI of 27 and above with obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
most available weight loss drugs approved by the FDA are for short-term use, meaning a few weeks or months.
Another type of prescription weight loss drug is a “fat absorption inhibitor”. Xenical is the only example of this type of treatment approved for use in the U.S. Xenical works by blocking about 30% of dietary fat from being absorbed. Xenical is now sold over-the-counter as Alli.
Xenical is the only weight loss drug approved for longer-term use in significantly obese people, although the safety and effectiveness have not been established for use beyond two years.