With all of the high-tech diet drugs available
today, it's a wonder why more people aren't aware that miracle drugs exist! If you're
serious about losing weight and want what was impossible to get just a few years
ago (they weren't invented yet!), the table below provide the best sources.
Additionally, to accelerate
your weight loss and stay healthy, you should do some daily exercise and choose a sensible and effective
diet that you can stick with rather than just a fad diet.
The following is a digest of
the article published in the New York Times on
Pickings: Looking Beyond Ephedra
Ephedra is especially effective when it is combined
with caffeine. Over the course of several months, the
two agents can help people lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight. The only other weight-loss aids known to be that effective are
drugs. Ephedra suppresses appetite, and when someone goes
off it, it's likely their appetite will increase and they will regain the
weight they lost.
Now that ephedra is banned, millions are looking for alternatives
to ephedra to help them lose weight. There are no long-term studies
offering proof of effectiveness of the following alternatives:
Orange - active ingredient synephrine, a stimulant with
pharmacological properties similar to those of ephedrine
Tea extract - researchers found that it could boost the metabolic rate
by 4 percent
Cambogia - an extract from the fruit of an Indonesian tree containing
hydroxycitric acid (HCA) said to interfere with the synthesis
of fat cells
Herbal Laxatives - typically sold in the
form of tea, including senna,
and rhubarb root - are said to
promote weight loss but typically the loss is just water
- a product made from the shells of shrimp and crabs - said to prevent
the absorption of fat in the digestive tract
Vanadium - heavy metal minerals that are used to stabilize blood sugar.
[Though no studies were cited, blood sugar ups (stimulation) and downs
(withdraw) have been implicated in food cravings and in binging.]
and Ginkgo - used
in some herbal weight-loss preparations [possibly to help keep blood sugar
levels and perceived energy levels higher].
Prescription Diet Drugs
(Ionamin) is used to suppress appetite. Studies have shown that a loss
of 4 to 20 pounds is typical after using phentermine for six months.
(Sibutramine) acts like an antidepressant in keeping serotonin,
norepinephrine and dopamine active in the brain. It is said to increase a
person's sense of fullness on less food and can help people lose 5 to 9
percent of their body weight in a year.
works on the digestive tract to block the absorption of 1/3 of the fat
eaten. [For those who don't already limit the fat in their diet] it can
help them lose 5 to 9 percent of their body weight in a year.
Non-Diet Prescription Drugs Having a Weight Loss
(Topiramate), an anti-seizure medication helps control bingeing
behavior, is said to help those people lose weight.
(Bupropion) an antidepressant that can help those with low mood
and a preoccupation with food, thus reduce the need to eat for emotional
(Glucophage), a drug for treating diabetes, can help those who have
high insulin levels lose weight. It works by helping stabilize the body's
blood sugar, thus reducing food cravings.
''Medications can be good tools,'' said Dr. Fernstrom,
''but they don't replace the person's need to learn to manage hunger and
fullness. There will never be a drug that will permanently suppress the
drive to eat. That's something that has to be managed.''
From The Wall Street Journal Online - August 22,
There are many prescription drugs being used
"off-label" for their weight-loss side effects. In the article, a weight-loss physician said that he
uses a combination of the following drugs to keep patients with chronic obesity
under control. He also recommends exercise and a high-protein, low-carb
"Often these drugs are used alone, but sometimes, they're taken in combination with each other or with
popular weight-loss medications, such as Phentermine."
"In general, [doctors] say, they may help people
lose about 5% to 10% of their body weight."
is still approved for short-term weight loss.
"[For] long term weight loss, there are two approved drugs on the
market -- Meridia and Xenical."
the best sources of other drugs, visit Pharmerjohn.com.