For as long as prescription drugs have been in use to help cure everything from the common cold to cancer, people have been searching for weight loss drugs to make them thin. In the past, speed was the most commonly used pill, but not only was this incredibly addictive and dangerous, it didn’t always work.
Since then, other pills have come and gone, and some have even killed people. This article will take a look at three of the most popular diet drugs around today: Meridia, Xenical, and Alli. Although Alli is available over the counter without a written order from your physician, the other two require a doctor’s prescription and should never be taken without professional medical advice.
Types of Weight Loss Drugs
First of all, Meridia is a diet drug that helps you feel fuller, faster. The logic behind this drug is that if you feel fuller, faster, you will eat less. While this logic appears to make sense on paper, many compulsive eaters choose to eat regardless of whether they are hungry or not, so this particular drug likely wouldn’t work for people with that specific eating disorder.
This medication conflicts with a number of herbal medications, so if you are taking St. John’s wart or any of several other herbal medications, you may want to think twice about taking Meridia. Side effects reported by patients who are taking this drug include dry mouth, occasional dizziness, and increased cases of heartburn. Despite the side effects, however, many people swear by this medication.
Next, Xenical is another popular prescription-only medication for weight loss. However, unlike Meridia, Xenical works by absorbing fat that you eat and passing it through your body undigested. If this sounds familiar, there was an ingredient known as Olestra that did the same thing a few years back.
Everything from potato chips to French fries was made with it, and you could eat all you wanted without absorbing any of the fat you swallowed. The bad part, of course, was the fact that it caused very loose stools and anal leakage. Gross, huh? Unfortunately, Xenical has been reported to do the exact same thing. Fans do still claim that this drug can help you lose weight, but unless you are willing to switch over to adult diapers, you may want to take a pass on it.
Alli is all the rage right now in the world of weight loss drugs since it is currently the only non-prescription, over the counter weight loss drug in the world. This means that anyone can go into a drug store and buy Alli. However, with this weight loss drug, you may get more than you bargained for.
The drug in Alli is based on Xenical, which means it has many of the same side effects, including loose stools. The drug is also said to absorb some fats that your body needs instead of just the “bad fats.” Even worse, according to data released by the FDA, Alli barely passed any of its clinical trials, which means that it didn’t work much better than a placebo. With all these negative statistics, you will probably want to avoid weight loss drugs and stick with working out and eating right to lose the extra weight.