Eating less and doing exercise are the basics of any weight loss theory. But for some, these might not work and hence they move on to prescribed weight loss pills. But then, you will still have to focus on strict diet and exercise while taking these drugs. So often, you might have seen the word – “FDA approved” on a company’s website or in a commercial marketing website. But how can you make sure that the product you are looking for is FDA approved or not?
FDA – Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by regulating human and animal drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, weight loss products and products that emit radiation. But all these products are not approved. All the manufactured products undergo premarket approval – review by FDA experts. Only then the product can be marketed. When it comes to weight loss pills, FDA takes strict measures to make sure that the weight loss pill is safe to use and helps in weight loss. According to the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of obese people in the last 20 years. More than one-third of U.S adults and approximately 17% of children and teens are obese. These numbers are shocking because obesity is the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. in addition, being over weight is another risk factor for several health issues including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, sleep disorders, osteoarthritis and certain cancers. Considering these factors, there has been n number of weight loss medicines available in U.S market helping patients lose 3 to 9% of their weight with the perfect combo of exercise and diet. Here we shall see some of the FDA approved weight loss pills that are safe to use.
Qsymia by Vivus Pharmaceuticals is a FDA approved weight loss pill that helps some obese patients to lose weight and keep the weight off. In clinical studies conducted, it was shown that Qysmia had an average of 8.9% greater weight loss than for people who took placebo. Qysmia should be used with a reduced-calorie diet along with an increased physical regime. Active components of Qysmia include phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine works immediately when used and reduces your appetite. Topiramate works throughout the day making you feel fuller for a long time. Some of the common side effects with Qysmia may include numbness or a tingling sensation, unusual taste, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. If you find any uneasiness after using Qysmia, tell your health care provider.
Belviq is an FDA approved weight loss pill that is used with diet and exercise. Those who are over weight, can try Belviq to lose weight and keep it off. Belviq is known to be a safe prescribed medicine that can be used to control your weight. Belviq is available in medical shops and is classified as a C-IV controlled substance- meaning it has a lower level of drug dependency. Patients taking Belviq should not exceed the limit of 10mg two times a day. If you exceed the normal dose, it may lead to psychiatric side effects. Like Qysmia, Belviq do have some common side effects. Therefore it is important to have an open interaction with your doctor. Some of the common side effects of taking Belviq are headache, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness and constipation. Make sure that you do not use any weight loss drugs when you are pregnant.
Contrave is the newest of the FDA approved weight loss pill available in the market. It is approved for those who do not want to look over weight. Contrave combines 2 drugs – buropion (an anti-depressant) and naltrexone (an anti-addiction drug). Contrave controls your hunger. The buropion in Contrave lessens appetite and the naltrexone works by blocking certain receptors in the brain. Contrave should not be given to anyone who has a seizure disorder, pregnant women or those who are trying to get pregnant. Contrave will help to control how much you need to eat. People who took Contrave found effective results with a reduced calorie diet and regular exercise. Nausea was the only side effect seen in people who used Contrave. Apart from nausea; headache, dizziness, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea are some of the other expected side effects seen.
Alli is an ITC version of the FDA approved weight loss pill – Xenical. Alli comes in 60mg strength. Like other FDA approved weight loss pills, Alli should also be used in conjunction with regular exercise and diet. Alli decreases the absorption of fat by 25% and therefore reduces the amount of calorie intake. Alli should be used only by adults and should not exceed the dosage by 3 capsules per day. Alli is taken as one 60mg capsule, three times a day. Some of the possible side effects are loose stools and gas.