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04-02-2007, 02:43 PM
Has anybody taken or is currently taking prescription diet meds? I have made an appointment with my doctor to discuss some possible medications. Would love to have some feedback.

04-02-2007, 03:24 PM
If you do a search on the forums, you will see some previous discussions about prescription diet pills.

The two I know about are:
Xenical - This is a fat absorber which will take 30% of the fat you eat out with it. Unfortunately, your intestines/colon aren't used to seeing unabsorbed fat so they can't quite hold onto it that well if you eat a lot of it and it can cause leakage.

Meridia - This one I actually took, didn't lose any weight but my normal low blood pressure turned into high blood pressure. I was immediately taken off of it. Personally, I believe the dangers really outweigh the benefits of using it.

04-02-2007, 05:58 PM
I just recently was taking Phentermine. I only took them for a week. They definately made me not hungry. However, I didn't like the way they made me feel. I had a headache every day and it made me feel a little out of it. Not really dizzy but like spaced out. I stopped taking them after a week. I guess my stomach must have shrunk though because when I stopped taking them I was full with smaller amounts of food.

My doctor said that was an odd reaction and most of his patients are fine though.

I have also tried Meridia a few years ago and didn't have much results.

04-03-2007, 08:54 PM
I took Phentermine too and I went off it and haven't taken it in about 4 months now. It works with keeping the hungries away and gives a boost of extra energy (I cleaned the house like a maniac!) but it can get expensive. I found that after 6-8 months of taking it that it stopped working and I had to give it a break and go off it. Of course, when you go off it you can easily fall back into bad eating habits which will put the weight back on. Then if you go back on the pills and lose again it's just yo-yo dieting on drugs. They made me dizzy at times and thirsty all the time. I had days where I had to make myself eat something because the pills worked so well I'd look at the clock and see that 7 hours or so had passed and I never gave food a thought. I don't think they're heart healthy though because I felt mine pound a few beats a couple times and it scared me. You might want to ask your Dr. about that.

08-24-2007, 03:37 PM
i took meridia for 5 months lost 30 lbs i loved it...taking a break from it for money reasons but i love it...went from 186 to 156 size 15/16 to a 10

08-24-2007, 05:35 PM
Been taking Xenical for nearly 4 weeks and have lost 12lb. I keep to low-fat diet and have not had any particular problems with it.


08-24-2007, 06:10 PM
i took meridia for 5 months lost 30 lbs i loved it...taking a break from it for money reasons but i love it...went from 186 to 156 size 15/16 to a 10

just curious, how much does it run?

09-02-2007, 03:41 PM
I took meridia about two years ago. It worked like a mo-fo- HOWEVER, i think you have to continue taking it to maintain. I didnt like that idea, switched to diet and exercise w/o the pills, and lost all the same. Meridia essentially eliminated my appetite, and therfore I didnt eat much. It was probably unhealthy. I had to make myself eat. I gained some weight back after i got off it, but I worked my *** off (haha- no pun intended) and got it back...

09-02-2007, 03:43 PM
It ran me like 150 month. WAY expensive. wasnt really worth it.. could you imagine that much every month for the rest of your life. Big fat negative.

09-03-2007, 11:54 PM
My question is does insurance cover them? or is that a laughable idea?

09-07-2007, 08:30 AM
My prescription insurance does cover prescription diet pills with no question....I've tried all of them. Meridia did not really work for me, BUT my mood was dramatically improved and my BP was elevated, so i quit that.

same with phentermine, but that is for short term use only. (i had a very clean house and short temper)

Xenical is now available 1/2 strength as Alli and it keeps you honest about your diet and only works on your GI tract.

the jury is still out on Acomplia (Zimulti) not yet released in the US, but probably within 6 months. it sounds like the improved version of meridia.

I consider the pills tools to help keep me on track....but this train gets derailed too often.

09-07-2007, 09:00 AM
I was on a relative of phentermine beginning the summer before high school (yeah, a doctor gave a 13 year old diet pills). I lost nearly all of my weight, but just as I was reaching my goal weight (the pills weren't working very well anymore, and I was losing like 1 lb a month), my doctor pulled the rug out from underneath me and lowered my goal by 10 lbs, I got so angry and frustrated I rebelled and gained the weight back and then some. Maybe if I'd been more mature, I could have dealth with the disappointment, or told the doctor to go jump.

I tried Meridia a few years ago, and I lost only about 20 before it stopped working on my appetite. It didn't affect my blood pressure, but it definitely affected my mood and sex drive. It made me feel like I could take on anything and accomplish it, and it drove my sex drive through the roof. My husband asked me never to take it again, because it made me "scary."

09-07-2007, 11:19 AM
It made me feel like I could take on anything and accomplish it, and it drove my sex drive through the roof. My husband asked me never to take it again, because it made me "scary."

I have a image in my head of a man cowering in the bathroom with a rampaging female banging on the door shouting for him to come out;)


09-07-2007, 11:36 AM
I am taking alli (over the counter xenical) and it works pretty good, it definately keeps you HONEST about what you isnt TOOOO expensive. It works well if you follow a lower fat eating plan! If you DONT, then you will possibly pay the consequences by haveing "treatment effects"

09-07-2007, 11:56 AM
Kitty, LOL!!! Does it help to know the cowering male was 6'2" and about 380 lbs?

01-28-2008, 06:50 PM
i have been surfing through links about this as well.
I read a lot about Wellbutrin (anti-depressant/anxiety, SSRI)
I currently take effexor XR. But am planning on getting pregnant later this summer, so I was actually just checking the saftey on Zoloft.

But I have heard GREAT things about Wellbutrin, so i would talk to your doctor about it.

(NOTE: Anti-depressant medications should be taken seriously. They increase the risk of suicidal thoughts, and many of them have terrible side-effects. STAY AWAY FROM PAXIL!!)

02-12-2008, 09:09 PM
I have a co-worker that was taking Wellbutrin and she was planning on having a baby. She went to her doctor and they advised her to get off the meds until after she is finished breast feeding.

tired of the size 20
02-12-2008, 09:13 PM
I took Phentermine for a while and it worked so well for me. I can't get it here where I live so I'm working all this weight off all by myself!!!

02-19-2008, 10:24 AM
Where do I get these? Do I have to get it from the doctor? Also I am curious if anyone know of a pill that is over the counter that will decrease my appetite? thanks!

02-19-2008, 10:48 AM
I have taken Xenacal in the past. As long as you stay REALLY low fat its not a problem. Its a wonderful cure for constipation if you don't. In fact you may not make it all the way before she blows.

I wish we could get it OTC like you can in the states now.

02-19-2008, 11:27 AM
My doctor put me on Xenical when I went to her to discuss possible options for kicking my WL back into gear. I wasn't too excited about it, but i took them anyway - couldn't HURT, you know?
The pills made me tired, gassy, and bloated, even though i followed the super low fat diet (something I wasn't used to, i've always been more of a calorie counter/lower carb/no sugar/decent amounts of healthy fat person)
I DID lost 6lbs the month I was on it, but the personal expense was too much (I didn't have treatment effects after the first week - i always managed to hold it - but the oily bm's and SMELL were just stomach turning.. that may be TMI, sorry!)
the downside? pre xenical i was ALWAYS regular, no matter how well or poorly i was eating. post xenical (and it's been more than a year) I rely on fiber supplements a couple of times a week, because if i don't things will just sit there - and i am eating a very healthy diet.
my WOE now? It's my own but if i were going to compare it to any plan, i would say it's later stages atkins OWL, or even a little more similar to his maintanence plan. and i'm losing 5-8lbs a month, without the pills.
now, i know they work for some people, and no one i have ever talked to has had the bm problem i have experienced, so it is all in what works for a person. they just were not for me.