Prescription Weight Loss Medicine
Obesity often requires long-term treatment to promote and sustain
weight loss. As in other chronic conditions, such as
high blood pressure, long-term use of prescription
medications may be appropriate for some people. While
most side effects of prescription medications for
obesity are mild, serious complications have been
reported (see below.)
Keep in mind that these drugs are not a cure-all. The
use of weight-loss medications should be combined with
physical activity and improved diet to lose and maintain
weight successfully over the long term .
Do I Need Medicine to Lose Weight?
Using prescription drugs to treat obesity should be
used as an option for the following individuals:
- People with a body mass index (BMI) > 30 with no
- A person with a BMI of > 27 with two or more
obesity-related conditions .
What Prescription Medicines Are Used to Treat
Currently, most available weight-loss medications
approved by the FDA are for short-term use, meaning a
few weeks or months.
Most available weight-loss medications are
"appetite-suppressant" medications. These include:
Didrex, Tenuate, Sanorex, Mazanor, Adipex-P and Meridia.
These medications generally come in the form of tablets
or extended-release capsules (pills that release
medication over a long period of time). Appetite
suppressants can be obtained by a doctor's prescription
or purchased over the counter .