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Fat-Busting Injections Under Scrutiny

Controversy surrounds a treatment that promises to dissolve fat with a series of injections.

Considering Fat-Busting Injections?

The good news is that several clinical trials on fat-busting injections are under way. Beginning this month, Goldberg reports that his office, along with several other centers nationwide, are beginning a major study for a company that has the intention of submitting data to the FDA for a new drug approval. The ultimate goal: to provide the data necessary for the manufacture of a regulated fat-busting injection.

Unfortunately, however, reports are it will be at least two years or more before the studies are completed and drugs approved.

In the meantime, if you do try this treatment, the experts we interviewed offered these suggestions.

  1. Have your treatment performed by a doctor or by a trained physician's assistant or nurse with a doctor on the premises.
  2. Have your treatment done in a medical environment to ensure sterility and infection control.
  3. Be realistic about your expectations. At best this procedure is meant to "sculpt" areas of the body, not drop you down two jean sizes.
  4. Inform the doctor doing your treatment of any drug allergies or other medical conditions.
  5. Avoid fat-busting injections if you suffer from HIV, hepatitis C, active cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, bleeding disorders, diabetes, thyroid disorders, or if you are pregnant or nursing. You should also use caution if you suffer from heart disease, a cardiac rhythm abnormality, or if you have a history of blood clots or strokes.
  6. Report any signs of infection following treatment to your doctor. These include pain, swelling, or redness at the site of injection, fever, aches and pains, or headaches.
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