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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.


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The following is a digest of the article published in the New York Times on 1-6-04: Slim 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 prescription 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.

Over-The-Counter Alternatives

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:

  • Bitter Orange - active ingredient synephrine, a stimulant with pharmacological properties similar to those of ephedrine

  • Green Tea extract - researchers found that it could boost the metabolic rate by 4 percent

  • Garcinia 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, cascara, aloe and rhubarb root - are said to promote weight loss but typically the loss is just water

  • Chitosan - a product made from the shells of shrimp and crabs - said to prevent the absorption of fat in the digestive tract

  • Chromium and 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.]

  • Ginseng and Ginkgo - used in some herbal weight-loss preparations [possibly to help keep blood sugar levels and perceived energy levels higher].

Prescription Diet Drugs

Phentermine (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.

Meridia (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.

Xenical (Orlistat) 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 Effect 

Topamax (Topiramate), an anti-seizure medication helps control bingeing behavior, is said to help those people lose weight. 

Wellbutrin (Bupropion) an antidepressant that can help those with low mood and a preoccupation with food, thus reduce the need to eat for emotional reasons.

Metformin (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, 2006:

A New Breed of 'Diet' Pills

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 diet.

The list includes:

"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."

" Phentermine is still approved for short-term weight loss.

"[For] long term weight loss, there are two approved drugs on the market -- Meridia and Xenical."

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