Prescription Weight Loss Medications: What are the Options?



Prescription weight loss medications may be suitable for those who have tried dieting and exercise alone but have still not found weight loss success. If considering such an option, then consult your GP who will be able to advise you of all the options and suitability depend on your circumstances.

Prescription weight loss drugs split down into two categories. The first category works as an appetite suppressant, such drugs include Sibutramine which is marketed under brand names such as Meridia and Reductil.

Another drug used is phentermine marketed under a variety of brands including Adipex-P, Lonomin, Obenix and Oby-Trim.

The second variety of prescription weight loss pills work by effectively preventing the body from absorbing calories in the first place. At present Orlistat the drug which is used for such purposes is marked under the name Xenical.

Even if considering weight loss drugs, it is important to remember that this is not a total solution and that it is important to continue with a healthy diet and increase levels of activity and exercise. In addition, be sure to ask about the size effects which range from a slight increase in blood pressure associated with Sibutramine through to oil discharge associated with Orlistat.