The use of antidepressants and other drugs to fight obesity has been in the news lately, so we thought we’d take a look at the prescription drugs that are currently available to fight weight loss.
There are two main drugs currently approved for weight loss by the Food and Drug Administration, orlistat and sibutramine.
In studies of these two drugs, patients usually lose between five and 22 pounds more than people who are just dieting and exercising, with some people losing up to 10 percent of their body weight. There are also some prescription weight loss drugs approved for shorter-term use, which the FDA defines as a couple of weeks.

Beyond the weight loss, the plus side of taking weight loss medication can include an improvement in blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, lower triglycerides and better insulin resistance. The FDA points out that without lifestyle change, it is likely you will gain weight back after coming off the pill, and they are not meant to be taken for a lifetime. Other nations have different drugs that are approved and considered effective for weight loss. Further, many insurance companies will not pay for drug treatments for weight loss, because it is not seen as a chronic disease.

Still, if you are dangerously obese (drugs are usually only prescribed to those with a BMI of 30 and above) a weight loss drug can help you get on the road to recovery.

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