Will Prescription Weight Loss Drugs Work for Me?

Eating less and moving more basic of weight loss that will continue. Some people prescription weight loss drugs may help.

You’ll still need to focus on diet and exercise while taking these medicines, and they’re not for everyone.

Doctors typically prescribe them only if your BMI is 30 or higher, or if it’s  at least 27 and you have a condition that may be related to your weight, like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

Here’s what you should know about the most common prescription weight loss drugs: Orlistat, Belviq, Saxena, Phentermine, Qsymia, Orlistat,

Before you get weight loss drug prescription, tell your doctor about your medical history. That includes any allergies or other conditions you have; medicines or supplements you take ( even if they’re  herbal or natural); and whether you’re pregnant breastfeeding, or planning to get pregnant soon.

Before you begin taking weight loss drug prescription, tell your doctor about your medical history. That includes any allergies or health conditions your ha­­­ve,   such as heart problems, or diabetes. You should inform you doctor of medications or supplements (including herbal) that you may be taking. You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning to be pregnant soon.

Orlistat (Xenical)

How does Orlistsat works – It prevents your body from absorbing a third of the fat that you eat.

When your doctor prescribes Orlistat, it’s called Xenical, If you get Xenical without a prescription, It is named Alli, which contains half the dosage of Xenical.

Orlistat approved for long-term usage – Yes

Side effects include abdominal cramps, passing gas, leaking oil stool and having bowl movements more often, as well as not being able to control bowel movements.

In rare cases a patients taking orlistat have reported severe liver injury. However, it is is not certain that the drug has caused these issues.

Other Notes:  Before taking Orlistat, the patient should have a low fat diet ( consisting of less than 30%% or your daily calories from fat).

Patients should take multivitamins at least 2 hours prior  or after to taking orlistat, because the medication will temporary make it more difficult  for the body to absorbed vitamins, A,D,E, and K.

Orlistat is the only drug type that is approved in the U.S, All other prescription weight loss drugs curb appetite including the following.


How does Belviq work: Curbs your appetite

Side effects:  The most common side effects are in people who have diabetes, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth, headaches, and constipation.

The most common side effects in those who have diabetes are low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) headache, back pain, cough, fatigue.

People taking depression medications with Belviq need to be monitored carefully for a rare but serious reaction that includes fever and confusion.

Women who are pregnant or planning or planning to become pregnant, you should not Belviq.

If you don’t lose 5% or your weight after 12 weeks of taking Belviq, you should stop taking it, beacue it’s unlikely to work for you, the FDA says.


How does Contrave Work: A combination of two FDA- approved medications, bupropion, and naltrexone, in an extended release formula. Naltrexone is approved to teat opioid dependence. Bupripion is approved to treat, seasonal affective disorder, depression, and can assist people to stop smoking.

Is Contrave approved for long-term usage – Yes

Side effects – The most common side effects from Contrave are nuausea, constipation dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, and headaches, Contrave also have a boxed warning concerning the increased rosl of suicidal thoughts related to bupropion. The warning indicates serious neuropsychiatric issues linked to bupriopion  that has been reported. Contrave can also cause seizures and patients, who have seizure disorders, must not Contrave. The medication can also increase heart rate and blood pressure.

Other Notes:   If you do not los e 5% of your body weight after taking Contrave for 12 weeks you should stop taking, it as it unlikely to work for you, according to the FDA.


How does Saxenda work: Saxenda is higher does of the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza. It imitates an intestinal home that triggers to the brain that the stomach is full.

Is Saxenda approved for long-term usage – Yes

Side effects from Saxenda include:  diarrhea, constipation, increase appetite, vomiting, nauseas, and low blood pressure. Severe side effects can include increased heart rate, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, kidneys problems and suicidal thoughts.

Other Notes: If you do not lose 4% of your body weight after taking Saxenda for 16 weeks, you should top taking, as it is unlikely to work for you according to the FDA.


How does Phentermine Work: Curbs your appetite

Your doctor may also prescribe Phentermine, under the name Adipex or Suprenza.

Is Phentermine approved for long-term usage – No . It’s only approved for short-term use ( a few weeks)

Side effects from Phentermine can be serious, including: high blood pressure, causing heart palpitations, dizziness, insomnia, chest pain, tremors, trouble with daily activities, and restlessness.

Phentermine can also cause drowsiness, prohibiting your ability to operate machinery and drive. Similar to other appetite suppressants, there is the risk of developing dependency on phentermine.

Lesser side effects include diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, unpleasant taste in the mouth and dry mouth

It is recommended not to take late in the evening as it may cause insomnia.

If you take insulin for diabetes, you should inform your doctor before you begin to take Phentermine, since you may need to adjust the dosage of your insulin.

It is recommended not to take phentermine if you have a history of congestive heart failure, heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure, that is not controlled. You should not take phentermine if you have diseases such as glaucoma, hyperthyroidism history of drug abuse or  if you are pregnant or nursing.

Other Notes: Phentermine is an amphetamine, so there is risk of abuse and addiction, such stimulants are controlled substances, meaning that you will need a special type or prescription to get it.


How does Qsymia works: Curbs your appetite?

Qsymia is a combination of phentermine and seizure/migraine medication topiramate. Topiramte causes weight loss in different ways, including burning more calories, making foods taste less appealing, or helping you feel fuller.

Is Qymia approved for long term use: Yes – Qsymia has much lower quantities of topiramate and phentermine, than if these medications where given alone.

Side Effects include: dry mouth, constipation, altered taste, tingling in the hands and feet, dizziness, and insomnia

Severe Side: Effects may include birth defects (such as a cleft lip or cleft palate if the woman is pregnant, Faster heart rate, eye problems that can lead to permanent vison loss if not treated, and suicidal thoughts or actions.

Women who may become pregnant should get a pregnancy test before using Qsymia, and should use birth control, get monthly pregnancy test while using Qsymia.

You should not take Qsymai: if you have heart disease, a stroke, glaucoma or hyperthyroidism. Get regular check ups on you heart, when you start taking the drug or are increasing dosage.

What else should you know. If you don’t lose 2% of you weigh after 12 weeks on Qsymia, the FDA recommends you stop taking it or that you doctor should increase your dosage for the next 12 weeks. If Qsymia still does not work it is recommended that you gradually stop taking it.



Health Life Media Team