Prescription diet pills to treat obesity should be an option for individuals with:
- A body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above with no obesity-related conditions.
- A BMI of 27 and above with obesity related conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Types of Prescription Diet Pills
There are 2 main groups of prescription diet pills - Appetite Suppressants and Fat Absorption Inhibitors.
1) Appetite Suppressants
One common prescription appetite suppressant is phentermine (marketed under the trade name Duromine or Adipex). Appetite suppressants promote weight loss by tricking the body into believing that it is not hungry. They decrease appetite by increasing brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite. The side effects of phentermine include palpitations, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, constipation, dry mouth and difficulty to sleep at night. Most side effects usually improve as our body adjusts to the medication. It is not safe to consume phentermine without consulting a doctor. Indeed, experts are warning that thousands of women are putting their lives at risk by buying diet pills online.
2) Fat Absorption Inhibitors