Sunday, 14 June 2015

Weight loss- 05 Medicines approved by FDA for long term use.



Less eating and more movement is the key to the successful weight loss. For the majority of you, a prescription medicine is also required, particularly, if you have a BMI of more than 30. Let's talk about the most prescribed medicine for weight loss.


 Before you doctor prescribe you any medicine for weight loss, share about the medicine you are already taking, any allergic conditions, taking any food supplement, you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to be pregnant.

  1. Orlistat: This medicine helps you in weight loss by blocking the absorption of one-third of fat, you are consuming. This medicine is suitable for long-term use. Its possible side effects are abdominal cramps, gas in the stomach, leaking black stools. You should take any multivitamin two hours before taking this medicine, as it also blocks the absorption of Vitamin A, D, E and Vitamin K. This is the only medicine of its category that is approved for prescription use in the US.
  2. Belviq: This medicine suppresses your appetite and helps you in reducing your weight. It is also suitable for long-term use. Its side effects can be categories into major two parts. For non- diabetics its side effects are a headache, dizziness, diarrhoea, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth and constipation. For people having diabetes, the side effects are low blood sugar levels, headache, cough, pain in back and tiredness. This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnancy and for women planning to get pregnant. FDA recommends that if you do not lose 5% of your body weight after taking Belviq for 12 weeks, stop its intake as your condition is not suitable for taking this medicine for weight loss.
  3. Contrave: This is the combination of two medicines approved by FDA. One is naltrexone, primarily use for alcohol and opioid dependence. Second is bupropion, recommended for depression, to stop smoking and seasonal depressive conditions. The most common side effects with this medicine are nausea, constipation, headache, insomnia, headache, dry mouth and diarrhoea. This medicine also potentially can cause seizures and raises blood pressure, heartbeat and blood sugar levels. The application guideline of FDA is, if you are unable to loss 5% of your weight after 12 weeks of treatment with contrary, stops its intake.
  4. Saxena: It is recommended for long-term use by FDA and it acts, my signals your brain that the stomach is full. Its additional side effects are increased in appetite, infection of pancreas, Gallbladder and kidneys disorders and suicidal thoughts. Stop treatment, if you do not lose 4% of your weight after 16 weeks therapy, FDA recommends.
  5. Qsymia: Recommended for long-term use, it helps you to lose weight by its multiple effects within your body, it feels that your stomach is full, makes food less appealing and helps to burns fatter. Its more specific side effects are birth defects in children, defect I vision and vision loss.  Stop intake of Qsymia, if you do not lose 3% of weight after 16 weeks therapy.

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  3. How to start losing weight today.
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  5. Track your weight to lose it.

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