Doctor-Prescribed Supplements that Help You Slim Down
Together with diet and exercise, generic weight-loss medications – also called anti-obesity drugs or diet pills – are prescribed to a patient as an additional tool in the treatment for weight loss. These medications are intended for those who are obese and who have failed to lose weight with diet and exercise alone – not for someone who just wants to lose a couple of pounds. They can also be prescribed for those who are at high medical risk because of their weight. The goal of appetite suppressants is to create lasting, sustained weight loss over time – it is not just a quick fix.
Like most prescription weight-loss pills, generic weight-loss medications work best as part of an overall weight-loss program that includes a low-calorie, balanced diet and regular exercise. If a person takes weight-loss medications without any effort to change his or her lifestyle through diet and exercise, the patient usually gains weight after he or she stops taking the prescription. Losing weight has many benefits, but keeping it off permanently can reduce the many health risks associated with obesity, including heart disease.
How Do Generic Weight-Loss Medications Work?
Generic weight-loss medications work by stimulating the release of chemicals that manipulate the brain into thinking there is no feeling of hunger. Studies indicate that most weight-loss medications activate the hypothalamus to release norepinephrine, the hormone responsible for the fight-or-flight response in the body, which eliminates the feeling of hunger. Most weight loss-drugs that suppress appetite use anorexiants, and others contain stimulants that are considered to be controlled substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Prescription weight-loss medications can help turn a person from fat to fit in a relatively short period of time, but if a patient stops taking the pill, he or she will most likely regain the weight he or she lost. Therefore, generic weight-loss medications should not be used as a primary way to lose weight, but as a supplement to enhance the effects of exercise and a healthy diet. Everyone reacts differently to weight-loss medications, but the potential side effects may include dry mouth, irritability, sleeplessness and headaches.
There are very few over-the-counter or non-prescription medications for effective weight loss, which is why doctor-prescribed weight-loss medications are often a better option. Generic weight-loss medications should not be used if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid or glaucoma. Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding should also avoid appetite suppressants.
How to Take Generic Weight-Loss Medications:
To get the most out of these medications, it’s important to follow your physician’s instructions. Most weight-loss medications are taken at the same time each day – typically one hour before or one to two hours after breakfast. Most generic weight-loss medications are only prescribed for a few weeks at a time, and they should not be taken with any other appetite suppressants.
In cases where generic weight-loss medications have been taken for an extended period of time, discontinuing their use should not be done without consulting a physician. The physician may decide to gradually reduce the dosage over time to help prevent withdrawal symptoms. Tolerance to weight-loss medications usually develops over time. When this occurs, do not exceed the recommended dose in an attempt to increase the weight-loss effect. The drug should be discontinued altogether to avoid any addictive side effects.
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