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Highly Effective FDA Approved Weight-Loss Pills

Highly Effective FDA Approved Weight-Loss Pills

Hence, to protect and to promote the health of the general public, FDA (The Food and Drug Administration, a governing body) reviews and approves prescription drugs for treating specific health problems. Table 1 of the FDA lists the prescription drugs approved by the FDA for weight control. So If you are considering taking diet pills to help you lose weight, make sure that the pills you are considering are FDA approved diet pills before you take them.

The three types of diet pills the FDA has approved are Orlistat (Xenical), Sibutramine (Meridia) and sympathomimetic appetite suppressants (Phentermine). Ask your health care provider which type of diet pill would work best for you.

Weight-Loss Drug

How it Works

Common Side Effects

Orlistat
Sold as Xenical by prescription Over-the-counter version sold as Alli

Blocks some of the fat that you eat, keeping it from being absorbed by your body.

Stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and leakage of oily stools.

Lorcaserin
Sold as Belviq

Acts on the serotonin receptors in the brain. This may help you eat less and feel full after eating smaller amounts of food.

Headaches, dizziness, feeling tired, nausea, dry mouth, cough, and constipation. Should not be taken with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) medications.

Phentermine-topiramate
Sold as Qsymia

A mix of two drugs: phentermine (suppresses your appetite and curbs your desire to eat) and topiramate (used to treat seizures or migraine headaches). May make you feel full and make foods taste less appealing.

Tingling of hands and feet, dizziness, taste alterations (particularly with carbonated beverages), trouble sleeping, constipation, and dry mouth.

Note: Sold only through certified pharmacies. MAY LEAD TO BIRTH DEFECTS. DO NOT TAKE QSYMIA IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR PLANNING A PREGNANCY.

Other appetite suppressant drugs (drugs that curb your desire to eat), which include – phentermine, benzphetamine, diethylpropion & phendimetrazine

Sold under many names

Increase chemicals in the brain that affect appetite. Make you feel that you are not hungry or that you are full.

Note: Only FDA approved for a short period of time (up to 12 weeks).

Dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, headache, feeling nervous, feeling restless, upset stomach, diarrhea, and constipation.

A new weight-loss pill called Qsymia was approved for patients who are overweight or obese and also have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol that many doctors consider the most effective of a new generation of anti-obesity drugs got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration on 07/18/12.