Appetite suppressants are a kind of weight-loss medication (diet pill). They affect your brain’s urge to eat. Diet pills could control hunger pangs or make you feel full faster on less food. As a result, you gain fewer calories and lose weight.
On average, people who combine prescription appetite suppressants with healthy lifestyle changes (a nutritious diet and exercise) lose 3 percent to 9 percent of their starting weight within 12 months.
Your healthcare provider might prescribe an appetite suppressant if you have :
There are prescription-based and over-the-counter (OTC) appetite suppressants. One weight-loss drug, orlistat (Alli), works by blocking fat absorption (it is not an appetite suppressant). Consult your healthcare provider before using OTC diet pills. Some OTC appetite suppressants might interact with medications or cause health problems.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved these prescription-based appetite suppressants :
The FDA has approved some prescription appetite suppressants for short-term use of twelve weeks or less. If you lose weight and do not have side effects, you might be able to take certain prescription medications indefinitely with your healthcare provider’s approval.
For certain people, appetite suppressants jumpstart weight loss. Diet pills could help you change the way you eat and learn to recognize cues that signal when you are full.
It is rare for appetite suppressants to cause liver damage. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice signs of liver disease, such as jaundice (yellow skin or eyes). More common side effects are :
Appetite suppressants could interact with medications, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. They also worsen specific health conditions. The medications are not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. You should not take appetite suppressants if you have :
Make sure you check with your health insurer. A few providers cover prescription weight-loss medications that treat obesity.
Note - Appetite suppressants could curb hunger and help kickstart your weight-loss efforts. Your healthcare provider could help you find the best weight-loss medication or treatment plan for your unique needs. The effects of appetite suppressants stop once you stop taking them. That is why it is important to also eat a healthy diet and move more. These lifestyle modifications are essential to ongoing weight-loss success.
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