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.
Medications that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been through many stages of testing for several years. Most drugs have been tested by thousands of people before the FDA approves them. By the time the FDA approves a new medicine, it has been proven over and over to be safe and effective.
As safe as FDA approved medications are, it is still important to only take them as directed. Some diet pills are safe for short term use only. Other diet pills are safe and effective for long term use. Make sure you take them as advised.
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.
The FDA approved Xenical as a prescription diet pill in 1999. This pill is effective because it blocks approximately 30% of dietary fat from being absorbed by your body. It is known to be effective for weight loss in combination with diet and exercise.
Xenical can have bothersome side effects including oily stools, gas and frequent bowel movements. The side effects from Xenical can become worse when it is taken with fatty foods. The best bet for minimizing digestive side effects of Xenical is decreasing the amount of fatty foods you eat.
Xenical may also reduce the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and beta carotene. Most patients who take Xenical take vitamin supplements two hours earlier.
Meridia is an appetite suppressant that works by acting on neurotransmitters in the brain. Meridia increases the amount of serotonin, dopamine and norepinepphrine in the synapses of your brain—which results in a decrease in appetite.
Meridia also has potential side effects including dry mouth, constipation, insomnia, headaches and high blood pressure. Also, because Meridia has been linked with more than 28 deaths and hundreds of adverse reactions, the FDA has recently issued warnings about taking it.
Phentermine is a sympathomimetic appetite suppressant. It is prescribed only for short term treatment of obesity. These pills are also most effective with a combination of a weight-loss diet and exercise.
Other appetite suppressant diet pills that have been approved by the FDA include Diethylpropion and Phendimetrazine. Your doctor should be able to tell you more about the effectiveness and side effects of appetite suppressant diet pills. They are effective for some obese people, but not for everyone.
About Over the Counter Weight Loss Aids
It is recommended that you avoid over the counter medications that have not been approved they the FDA. Alli is the only over the counter weight loss aid that has been approved by the FDA.
Also, the FDA has recalled Hydroxycut products, which have been linked to liver damage.
Whichever diet plan or diet pill you start, be sure to combine it with regular exercise for optimal health and weight loss. And always speak to your doctor before considering any diet pills.