Almost no one tries prescription drugs to lose weight, right? Wrong. Let’s face the truth. It’s not that easy to lose weight. In fact, some people even resort to prescription drugs in the hopes of skipping the rigorous diet and workout routine to get the quickest results. The pharmaceutical company’s promises are so irresistible and many people are easily hooked by their claims. However, as with any type of drug that we ingest, safety measures should be taken into consideration as well. As the cliché’ goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here are some things that should guide your health choices.
Don’t Be Tempted by Words
Be careful with these tempting words. If the promise is too good to be true, then it probably is. Always remember that the key to losing weight is an improvement in your lifestyle. The best way to staying fit is to eat the healthy foods in the right portions, and by staying active with regular physical activities. It may not be the easiest or quickest way, but it sure is the most effective.
In the case of prescription drugs, you will be required to do the above-mentioned things while you take them. If your product promises you an arm and a leg, and new tight hips and buns as well, for just a few dollars worth of effort, then you should definitely avoid it right then and there.
Consult with Your Doctor
Before you buy anything, make sure that you have consulted with your doctor. Your physician is always the best person to advise you about whether a drug is safe, approved and applicable to you. For all you know, a certain pill could contain some ingredients that you are allergic to. It might even contain substances that put you at risk for addiction. It’s better to trust the experts.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but in your case, it may save your life. It pays to be doubtful and nosy when it comes to issues regarding your health. Act on this, and get started with your research. Read the labels, study the manufacturer’s credibility, look up on the product’s main ingredients and even ask around for testimonies. Be resourceful. Use the Internet and your creativity. Lastly, ask your doctor a lot of questions. That is what they are there for.
Know the Risks
Here are some of the downsides to using prescription weight-loss drugs. Most of them have not been proven effective in their claims. There are those that can decrease body fat and increase muscles, without actually affecting your weight. Some contain harmful ingredients such as ephedra and other stimulants. Still, there are those that can cause vomiting, bloating, constipation, flatulence and other gastrointestinal problems. And if that doesn’t scare you. then maybe these will: sleeplessness, irregularities in heart rate, high blood pressure, seizures, heart attacks, strokes and even death.
It’s so easy to get lured by an easy way out, and it doesn’t help either that these drugs are so effortless to get a hold of. They are all over drugstores, health food shops and even online. But as a smart consumer and a true advocate of health, you now know better than to just trust everything out there. Be aware and stay healthy!