Diet pills in gross obesity

Discussion in 'Diet and Nutrition' started by broadland, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. broadland

    broadland New Member

    Some grossly obese people do benefit from use of diet pills of various types. Appetite suppressants such as phentermine, are more popular than is believed. They tend to have a lot of side effects and some of them are banned in many countries. They are often restricted to using with prescriptions only or, as is the practice in England, dispensed directly by physician. If a pill is being promoted heavily and your doctor refuses to prescribe it, be cautious.
     
  2. Trojan9

    Trojan9 New Member

    I would never recommend using diet pills they can be dangerous, but if a physician recommends one and is monitoring it, I guess that could be another story.
     
  3. broadland

    broadland New Member

    Quoting: Trojan9if a physician recommends one and is monitoring it,
    I brought this subject up because the use of appetite controlling pills is much more common than believed. My concern is that people use these indiscriminately and cause much harm to themselves ??“ more harm than the obesity is causing to the body. Meridia?® (active ingredient, sibutramine) is a little more safe than phentermine.
    Also available and considerably safer to use is orlistat (brand name Xenical).
    Both sibutramine and orlistat are FDA approved.
     
  4. jdejvet

    jdejvet New Member

    I have been using Alli. I believe it is an over-the-counter type of orlistat. I like it ok. The program is pretty good too. I like the food choices and I have a hard time pleasing my husband with diet food. But he even sticks to it when he's gone all day. Says that it doesn't seem like he's even dieting. He has lost 25lbs in about 6 weeks. He wasnt' over weight to begin with, and I hope he doesn't lose much more. LOL
     
  5. broadland

    broadland New Member

    Orlistat is an anti absorption drug for weight reduction. It is very safe, because its action is very local in the intestines. It blocks the absorption of fats. The only drawback I know of is diarrhoea, particularly for those who also take a moderately fatty diet whilst taking Orlistat. When I first came across it, I was impressed and I thought I have found a safe and effective drug. But I was surprised with the inordinately large number of people who could not tolerate it for its side effects of stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
    Alli is the same drug but available in half strength and available over the counter without a prescription. So it should work and will be safe to use.
     
  6. SQ625

    SQ625 New Member

    Many diet pills contain ingredients that can dangerously raise a persons blood pressure. Combining obesity with even higher blood pressure is not a good combination.
     
  7. broadland

    broadland New Member

    Quoting: SQ625Many diet pills contain ingredients that can dangerously raise a persons blood pressure. Combining obesity with even higher blood pressure is not a good combination.

    There are several different types of weight reduction drugs. Of these the ones that are physician prescribed belong to different groups. Amphetamine related drugs such as Phentermine are very effective appetite suppressants, but have many side effects of which hypertension is a prominent one. Development of hypertension during treatment is a signal to stop using it. Sibutramine (Meridia or Reductil) is also amphetamine related, but is less effective appetite suppressant and less likely to cause hypertension.
    Orlistat (Xenical) on the other hand, has no propensity to cause hypertension and belong to a different class of drugs. It is considered very safe and hence its availability O.T.C. under the trade name Alli
     
  8. tarra74

    tarra74 New Member

    I would never recommend anyone to take diet pills or weight loss surgery no matter how obese they are. I have lost over 360 (my highest weight was 750 pounds) with diet and exercise and I just got the approval from my insurance company a couple days ago to have 200+ pounds of excess skin removed, so I will be going in for surgery soon. This will be the first time in my life I have ever been thin.
     
  9. zack

    zack New Member

    Diet pills don't work. They gave me the shakes, an abnormal heart rate and depression. To top it all off i didn't loose any weight.
     
  10. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    Exercise and a healthy diet are always the way to go when it comes to health and fitness. Diet pills may provide some kind of metabolic effect, but most are loaded with caffeine and a slightly dumbed down version of Effedra...and even the dumbed down version can cause adverse health effects. You need to learn how to diet right if you ever plan to lose weight and keep it off, and exercise regularely while you are at it, as long as you have been cleared by a physician to do so.
     
  11. Sonni

    Sonni New Member

    I agree with whoever said diet pills are dangerous and want to add so are fad diets. A certain amount of this is plain old discipline and common sense. There must be balance; proper diet, exercise, sleep etc. If you can't do it yourself seek professional help.
    Sonni
     
  12. sashawk

    sashawk New Member

    Diet pills should only be used if you are mortally obese and are unable to find a diet program that isn't creating results.

    The Doctors often prescribe them before helping you implement all this though, because it takes less time and they make more money.

    It is really repulsive to think that many diet pills actually work to withhold elimination just to you can lose a few artificial pounds.

    Sasha
     
  13. kevo1969

    kevo1969 New Member

    Diet pills do not work in any situation and the side effect can be harmful in the long term as you are introducing a foreign object into your system. Pleny of fresh foods, excercise and a good plan will help.
     
  14. Michael Merry

    Michael Merry New Member

    broadland: Some obese people benefit from use of diet pills of various types. Appetite suppressants such as phentermine, are more popular than is believed. They tend to have a lot of side effects and some of them are banned in many countries. They are often restricted to using with prescriptions only or, as is the practice in England, dispensed directly by physician. If a pill is being promoted heavily and your doctor refuses to prescribe it, be cautious.
    Yes, there is credible evidence that certain pills and potions do promote moderate, short-term, weight loss. Usually, however, there is a cost: side effects, and unknown risk of long-term health effects. People need to be skeptical of these products, and they should realize that grossly exaggerated claims are an industry standard.
    A terrific weight loss promoter, one that I highly recommend, is green tea. It is natural, clinically proven, highly effective, and offers an array of other health benefits. No pill can possibly hope to match that [​IMG]


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  15. ChristinaM

    ChristinaM New Member

    It always depends on who the individual is. Is the problem physiological, biological, hormonal, emotional or hereditary? Once the cause is professionally diagnosed, then one can make an educated decision as to which direction to go.
     
  16. PeterFrosen

    PeterFrosen New Member

    How about some P90X or Insantiy, those will do the trick for a lot of people [​IMG]

    Seriously though diet pills scare me, especially if they're over the counter type sold Online.
     

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