Obesity - Medications
Most weight-loss medicines for
obesity work by making you feel less hungry or making
you feel full sooner. They are used together with healthy eating habits and exercise.
Medicine is generally used only for those who have a
body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. But they
sometimes are used for those with a BMI of 27 or higher who are at risk for
high blood pressure,
coronary artery disease,
type 2 diabetes, and
- Orlistat (Xenical)
is a prescription medicine that prevents some of the fat calories you eat from
being absorbed in your intestines. Prescription orlistat is the only weight-loss medicine that is approved for children. It is meant to be used only in children over the age of 12.
- Orlistat (Alli) is also available
over the counter. Alli contains half of the medicine
that is in Xenical. Over-the-counter orlistat is not meant for use by anyone under the age of 18.
- Appetite suppressants like phentermine suppress your appetite. They are approved
only for short-term use. Phentermine is no longer
sold in Europe because of a possible link with heart and lung
- Lorcaserin (Belviq) is a prescription medicine that you take twice a day. It can help you eat less and feel satisfied with eating smaller amounts of food.
- Phentermine/topiramate (Qsymia) is a prescription medicine that combines the drugs phentermine and topiramate. Taking it once a day can help you eat less.
What to think about
work for everyone. And medicine alone is not as effective as when it is combined with
healthy eating habits or activity.
Nonprescription weight-loss products
aren't recommended. Some have dangerous side effects, and others have no
- Obesity: Should I Take Weight-Loss Medicine?