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Prescribing and Using Weight Loss Medications

November 02, 2006

Medications are widely used in contemporary medical practice. Weight gain traces its roots back to certain biochemical mechanisms that do not operate properly. There are medications aimed at correcting these defects and in that way controlling craving for food and drinks. Other drugs can boost energy and increase metabolism in patients who suffer from constant tiredness". Antidepressant drugs are directed to ease depressions and stresses which are considered to make major contribution to the weight gain. Prescribing medications in obesity treatment requires great skill. Specialist Dr. Piatek has acquired complete mastery of this art having adapted prescriptions for thousands of patients. He makes medication treatment enjoyable and easy. Some descriptions of drugs commonly used by Dr. Piatek are listed next.

Phentermine (Ionamin, Adipex, Fastin): This drug has a long story. It has been used in obesity treatment for almost 35 years and got experimental verification of being more efficient than Redux and approach the effectiveness of phen/phen. It doesn't belong to amphetamines and was proved to cause no valvular abnormalities or pulmonary hypertension. The drug affects neurotransmitter dopamine to subdue hunger and increase metabolism. It is not addictive if taken as prescribed.

Phendimetrazine and Tenuate: These drugs can be related to the same group as phentermine. Both are used for more than 24 years and serve an alternative for people unable to tolerate phentermine side effects.

Sibutramine (Meridia): Not so long used medication, Sibutramine acts by raising norepinephrine and serotonin levels. Recent medical trial of Type II Diabete patients has showed that the drug improves blood sugar control.

Xenical (Orlistat): Orlistat represents the new class of pharmaceutical products. It is aimed at preventing organs from absorbing food you eat fully. As far as Orlistat is concerned, it was shown that almost one-third of the fat consumed during a meal leaves the body as waste without being digested.

Anti-depressants: It was proved that emotions and stress in particular can provoke uncontrolled eating. In such cases effective and safe Prozac and Effexor are typically prescribed.

Dr. Piatek also made examination of common natural products available in health food stores and drug stores. He also concerned Chromium, herbal phen/phen, Metabolife , Chitosan , and other products offered by various programs. To his regret for the most part labels and claims made are advertisements without any research backup. However exception is made for 5-HTP product. Being a precursor to serotonin 5 HTP works in the hypothalamus and restrain thirst for carbohydrates and candy.

The fiber Glucomannan also doesn't fall to the black-list. This natural product has high effectiveness and no serious side effects. Due to its fibrous properties it slowly expands in the stomach. It decreases food intake by producing a feeling of fullness if taken before meal. Other bright sides of Glucomannan include lowering of cholesterol, decreasing chances for constipation and preventing hypoglycemia.

Vitamins, as well, play an important role in obesity treatment. Besides preventing vitamin deficiency stimulated by the weight loss they are used to uphold metabolic rate.

Medication Side Effects

While taking any medication prescribed, individuals should concern both risks and benefits. Untreated obesity will cost one grave health problems and reduced longevity. By these standards, possible side effects of drugs seem to be negligible. The anti-obesity drugs, mentioned above, are not amphetamines and obtain little or no abuse potential. Though only about 10% of patients had side effects, you could experience some of the following (Italics show the most common):

For Phentermine (Ionamin, Adipex, Fastin): Insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart palpitations, irritability, mood swings, stomach upset or jitteriness, constipation.



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