The Difference Between Diet Pills and Prescription Anorectics

There are many products on drug store shelves that purportedly reduce hunger pangs to help a person lose weight. Such “diet pills” are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and some of them can be dangerous if abused. There are, however, several prescription strength appetite suppressants that have been clinically proven to facilitate safe and effective weight loss for patients struggling with obesity.

How Appetite Suppressants Work

Prescription appetite suppressants, or anorectics, are drugs designed to curb hunger to help you shed weight. They work in a number of ways. For example, the drug Saxenda is taken as an injection and acts on gut hormones while Belviq is a pill that regulates the neurotransmitter serotonin to make you feel full. Some are fast acting, yet others must be taken consistently over time to reap their benefits. A doctor who specializes in weight loss treatment can help you decide which medications, if any, are ideal for you.

Are Appetite Suppressants Effective?

Clinical research has shown that many FDA approved appetite suppressants can help obese patients lose weight, but such drugs do not work on their own. Weight loss medications should be part of a holistic weight loss strategy that includes exercise and making healthier dietary choices.

Who Can Benefit From Appetite Suppressants?

Prescription appetite suppressants are not for everyone. Many doctors will not recommend them unless a patient has a BMI above 27 and is experiencing health issues due to their weight.

How Safe Are Appetite Suppressants?

All medications have potential side effects, and appetite suppressants are no exception. These adverse effects differ from drug to drug, but they may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Many people take appetite suppressants with no problems, but let your doctor know right away if you notice any side effects.

What Causes Cravings?

Cravings and hunger have more to do with your brain than your stomach. In a recent newsletter, the Natural Bio Health team explains what exactly causes cravings. Read more here!

A Case Study: Crave Control

Phenylalanine, better known as Crave Control, is an amino acid that encourages the production of norepinephrine and cholecystokinin, two brain chemicals that reduce appetite and cravings. In addition to treating obesity, it may also help regulate mood and energy levels. Consult a medical expert to determine if Crave Control or similar medications are safe for you.

Natural Bio Health Offers Safe and Effective Weight Loss Treatments

If you are looking to control your weight, Natural Bio Health has a number of products and services to help you. In addition to hormone therapy, Natural Bio Health specializes in non-invasive medical weight loss treatments that can help you achieve a healthy BMI. Contact one of our offices in Texas or Colorado to schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss experts.