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December 2017

XENICAL (ORLISTAT)

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Xenical is one brand name form of the weight loss drug, Orlistat. It can be tough to keep track of the many weight loss options these days. Which one is right for me? Which ones will my doctor approve? What will the side effects be? How effective will this drug be and how fast will I see results? There are so many questions to consider when choosing a weight loss medication, but the only person who can truly give you sound advice is your doctor or nurse practitioner. However, it is a good idea to do some of your own research and present your doctor with some of your ideal options. Be prepared with questions for them about which over the counter or prescription diet pill will be right for you. Let’s examine some of the facts about Xenical so you can have some more information to present to your doctor when trying to decide which medication will be right for you. What is Xenical? Xenical is a prescription weight loss drug that is prescribed to obese individuals to help with weight loss. It also helps to prevent regaining of the weight after it has been lost. This medication is, however, not only available by prescription, but…

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ALLI (ORLISTAT)

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Alli is an over the counter weight loss medication that is also sometimes given as a prescription. It is a brand name form of the generic drug, Orlistat. What exactly is this drug and how will it help you to lose weight? Let’s examine some of the facts about Alli to help you determine if this fat burning medication could be right for you. Keep in mind, even though Alli is available over the counter, you should always talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner before you start taking it. They will be able to examine your medical history as well as your current medications or medical conditions to determine if this drug will be safe and effective for you as an individual. What is Alli? As mentioned above, Alli is a brand name form of a weight loss drug that contains Orlistat. It is available over the counter and helps the body to absorb less fat from the foods that you consume. What is Orlistat? Orlistat is the main ingredient in Alli. This drug works by blocking an enzyme in the digestive system that helps to break down fats so that they can be absorbed and utilized by the body. By blocking this enzyme, Orlistat makes it impossible for…

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TENUATE (DIETHYLPROPION)

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Tenuate is a brand name form of the weight loss drug, Diethylpropion. This drug, like Phentermine Hydrochloride, is generally only prescribed to individuals who are considered obese and whose weight may pose serious risks to their overall health and safety. Similarly, just like with Phentermine, a patient must reduce their daily caloric intake and increase their physical activity if they want to have significant results with this drug. It is for individuals who have already tried dieting and exercise and have not gotten good results. Adding this medication may help to boost weight loss. It is not known for sure exactly how this drug helps to speed up weight loss. It is believed that it may work in one of the three following ways:         Suppression of appetite         Increasing the amount of energy that your body utilizes in a day         Neurologically by affecting parts of the brain that control hunger, metabolism, etc. Regardless of how it works, research has shown it to be effective for individuals who have struggled losing weight. As mentioned above, you have to work to lose that weight, though. This is not some magical, miracle pill that will just melt fat off of your body. You have to put…

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PONDIMIN (FENFLURAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE): Side Effects and Legality

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Pondimin is a brand name form of Fenfluramine Hydrochloride, which has been taken off the market in the United States. It comes along with severe and life-threatening side effects, and there are plenty of safer alternatives. This drug can pose serious risks to heart health and can even lead to death. Let’s examine some of these side effects and discuss why this drug is no longer legal or available to patients in the United States. What are the Severe Side Effects of Pondimin? Pondimin was taken off the market due to some of the very severe side effects that it can cause. These side effects can even be life threatening, so the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken it off the market. Let’s look at some of the severe side effects of this drug:         Incorrect direction of blood flow in the mitral and aortic valves of the heart         High blood pressure         Confusion         Depression         Hives         Increase of pressure with pulmonary circulation         Skin inflammation due to an allergic reaction         Rash         Psychosis What are the less Severe Side Effects of Pondimin? The side effects of Pondimin that are listed above are just some of the most severe ones that can pose a major risk to…

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BELVIQ & BELVIQ XR (LORCASERIN)

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Belviq is a brand name form of the drug, Lorcaserin HCL, which is a prescription drug used to promote weight loss. This drug had some initial difficulty getting approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This was due to tumors found in lab rats during the animal trials with this drug. This drug was denied approval by the FDA in 2010. However, research continued, and the drug gained FDA approval in the year 2012. There are still some concerns about other side effects, especially those that affect the valves of the heart, but it has been approved and is available by prescription. Let’s get into the details of how this drug helps obese individuals to lose weight. What is Lorcaserin? Lorcaserin HCl and its brand name, Belviq, are thought to work through the suppression of appetite. Lorcaserin is a serotonin receptor agonist. It is thought this mechanism of action helps to “tell us” that we feel more full and satisfied than we actually are at the time. This can help individuals with the intense cravings that come along with dieting. As mentioned above, this is a prescription medication used to help in the treatment of obesity. Obesity can cause a…

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