Losing weight is a simple science of moving more and eating less, so that your daily caloric intake does not surpass the amount of calories you are burning. For some people who have trouble refraining from food, an appetite-suppressing prescription pill can assist in the weight loss journey (always consult with your doctor, to see what option is best for you). Although it is not a magical pill that will automatically have you dropping pounds, it can help speed up results if paired with a workout regimen and healthy food choices.
Who are the best candidates for an appetite suppressing prescription? Weight loss medications are suited for persons with BMI greater than 27, who have weight-corresponding risk-factors, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc. They are also are good options for people with a BMI of over 30, but not necessarily suffering from weight analogous diseases. However, the only people that can decide the proper course of action when it comes to your health are you and your physician. Physicians may avoid prescribing appetite suppressers for people with pre-existing diagnoses of hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure), IBM (irritable bowel syndrome), cardiac disease, glaucoma (the slow increase of pressure in the eyeball, which causes one to lose their sight), and hyperthyroidism (over activity of the thyroid gland, which causes a sped up metabolism and a rapid heart rate).
When choosing the right drug, one should look into the three types of prescriptions used in weight loss therapy. Remember, as with anything you ingest, it is important to know and understand the side effects fully. With regard to appetite suppressors, here are some of the pros and cons of the 3 forms of drugs that help keep your appetite in check:
- Stimulant – drugs that stimulate the nervous system in order to reduce the appetite. Side effects of this particular drug include valvular disease (any disease that negatively affects any of the 4 valves in the heart), elevated blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension (any sort of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and right side of your heart), restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation, and increased pulse and heart rate.
- Sibutramine – actively increases serotonin levels along with norepinephrine (a hormone released by adrenaline from the inner section of an organ or tissue. It is also released by the sympathetic nerves and neurotransmitters), both of which make you feel full. Some negative side effects to consider when taking this drug are anorexia, constipation, insomnia, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and dry mouth.
- Orlistat – is a drug that actively blocks the body from absorbing fat that is ingested through food. In this way the body is not able to hold on to or add to fat stores. Negative side effects of orlistat include diarrhea, oily stools, flatulence, gas, and ulcers.
Remember, before you take any prescriptions please consult with your doctor.