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When it comes to prescription medications, there are a large number of powerful weight loss drugs available. These are all meant to be used by people suffering from obesity. For that reason, they will not be prescribed to people who want to drop the pounds for only cosmetic reasons.

If you do have obesity and are looking for powerful weight loss drugs, speak to your doctor about the various options available to you. They are not all the same and different medications are appropriate for different dieters.

Keep in mind that even when you’re using powerful weight loss drugs, you still need to make healthy lifestyle changes as prescribed by your doctor. These mainly include changes to your diet and activity level. That said, you may need to make other changes, as well.

The following are some of the prescription diet medications to discuss with your doctor.

Powerful Weight Loss Drugs to Discuss with Your Doctor

• Phentermine 

Among the most common diet drugs, Phentermine has been available to Americans for over sixty years. It works as a type of powerful stimulant which gives obesity patients energy. It also reduces their appetite and may speed up fat burning. It’s important to be careful with this medication because it comes with a range of potential side effects. Moreover, it can be addictive and may cause withdrawal symptoms if its use is stopped abruptly.

• Orlistat 

This medication is a fat blocker sold under the brand name Xenical. It works by reducing the amount of dietary fat an obesity patient’s body will absorb. That way, he or she won’t take in as many calories from the fats being eaten with meals and snacks. It’s important to follow a diet very carefully when taking Orlistat. Eating too much fat can cause a large amount of it to be blocked. The result can be that these powerful weight loss drugs produce a number of uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing side effects. It is very important to remain within easy reach of a bathroom when using this pill.

• Qsymia 

Qsymia is a newer pill that combines Phentermine with Topiramate, an anticonvulsant drug. It works in a similar way to Phentermine, only these powerful weight loss drugs combined can produce improved results. That said, they also come with an increased risk of side effects as Qsymia is made with two prescription drugs, not just one.

• Contrave 

Contrave is a combination of naltrexone HCI and bupropion HCl. It is meant to be used as an appetite suppressant to make it easier for people to eat less and cut down on calories. It’s important to know that these powerful weight loss drugs can cause serious side effects. Discuss them with your doctor before you fill your prescription.

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Today is harder to get in shape

With today’s fast paced lifestyles it is harder and harder to get into shape and stay that way. Yet there are thousands of products and services (diet programs, supplements, pills) available for just that purpose. In fact it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to plot a course through all the information with so many competing for your attention.

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Weight loss plan

Many factors go into determining which weight loss plan will work best for you. Age, sex, genetic make-up, general health, how much you exercise, and your psychological make-up are all contributing variables. For any weight loss program to be successful, experts all agree that it must include the three basics. They are: An eating plan that reduces the amount of daily caloric intake, a strong physical activity component and some behavior modification to change old habits. This is the fundamental difference between a “weight loss diet” and a “weight loss program”.

What does diet do

A diet usually only covers the food aspect of dieting like what you can and can’t eat, nutritional content, meal plans, and recipes. A “weight loss program” is more all encompassing and will include at least the three basics with some incorporating pills, supplements and even alternative medicine practices.

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A good weight loss program

A good weight loss program is based on individual lifestyle. Good programs aim to improve health in a positive way. The medical experts also all agree that losing more than two pounds a week can be unhealthy and in some cases downright dangerous. A good plan will introduce change gradually to both diet and exercise.

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