Prescription Diet Pills – Pros and Cons
Many people who have a weight problem seek help from their doctors and get prescription diet pills. They are actually medications and not supplements. You have to remember that these pills will not cure the obesity problem on their own. You still need to follow a proper nutrient healthy diet plan and also do physical activity on a daily basis. When combining prescription diet pills with a diet plan and exercise you should be able to lose and maintain your weight over a long period of time.
Not everyone should use prescription diet pills. If you have a body mass index of 30 or more and have no obesity related conditions or if you have a body mass index of 27 or more with obesity related conditions then you can take prescription diet pills.
There are two different types of pills you may be prescribed by your physician. You will either take an appetite suppressant pill or a fat absorption inhibitor pill. Didrex, sanorex, mazanor, tenuate, adipex-p, ionamin, meridia, and bontril are some of the more popular appetite suppressants. These pills will decrease your appetite by increasing the chemicals that affect your appetite and mood. These chemicals are known as serotonin and catecholamine. You can get the appetite suppressants in either a capsule or an extended release capsule.
Xenical is the only fat absorption inhibitor prescription diet pill available, the pill blocks dietary fat from being absorbed. You have to remember that every person is different when it comes to weight loss, some people will lose weight faster than others.
There are a few benefits of taking prescription diet pills. Your physician will be involved with your weight loss and will be able to monitor every step of the way. On a short term basis these pills will help improve your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fat levels, and your resistance to insulin. You can lose anywhere from 5 – 22 more pounds then if you didn’t take the prescription pills. Also, taking these pills will reduce any of the risks that come with being obese. There is not much evidence to support the long-term benefits of prescription diet pills.
There are many risks to consider before taking prescription diet pills. Like any prescribed medication you could become addicted to the diet pills. You may become tolerant to the pills and hit a bump in your weight loss. Some people may hit this bump and up their dosage without consulting their doctors. You may even experience mild or severe side effects to the medications. They may improve as your body gets use to these pills or they can continue for as long as you take them.
Some common side effects of prescription diet pills are; increase heart rate, sweating, constipation, increase blood pressure, insomnia, drowsiness, lightheadedness, always thirsty, headaches, stuffy nose, anxiety, and dry mouth.