For years, prescription and non-prescription weight loss drugs have been in the news because of dangerous side effects. There are hundreds of diet pills on the market, but Dr. Snellgrove from Eastern Shore Weight Loss says only a handful are FDA approved.
He says many people are familiar with Phentermine, Alli, Bontril, and there are two new medications hitting the market called Qsymia and Belviq. He says they all have their differences, and none of them are meant to help you lose weight by themselves. They are simply meant to help get you on the right track. Dr. Snellgrove says Phentermine and Bontril are appetite suppressants. Other diet drugs, like Alli, are designed to help your body block the fat from your food from being absorbed. Many over the counter diet pills claim to help increase your metabolism, but Dr. Snellgrove says most of them have questionable results, and aren't proven to be safe and helpful.
Dr. Snellgrove says different diet pills have different side effects. Some drugs can affect your sleep or your mood, while some can cause various levels of GI discomfort. He says no medication is completely free from the risk of side effects, but the real concern is people taking these medications who have contraindications. For instance, older adults, or people with certain heart problems, really shouldn't be something like Phentermine, and Alli shouldn't be used by people with liver or kidney problems.
Dr. Snellgrove says not all doctors agree entirely about diet pills. Some doctors will tell you to avoid them altogether, while others don't mind writing prescriptions for any patient who walks through their door. He says if you're considering diet medication, be sure to talk with your doctor, and remember the medication is meant to help make sure you're healthy, not skinny.
Eastern Shore Weight Loss
374 South Greeno Rd
Fairhope, AL 36532
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00 - 11:30am
Closed for lunch: 11:30am - 1:30pm
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