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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 26, 2015

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity.". FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Completed Safety Review of Xenical/Alli (orlistat) and Severe Liver Injury," "Medications Target Long-Term Weight Control."

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Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy: 4 new weight loss drugs were approved recently, and more are sure to come. So, the question is, should you try one? The truth is weight loss drugs CAN help. You may want to try one if you’re obese, or if you’re overweight with a condition like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. So, how much weight can they help you lose? About 10% of your excess weight. Now that may not seem like a lot, but it’s a realistic goal to start with. And, once you tackle that first 10% you can set a new goal. Just remember, these drugs won’t lose the weight for you. But they will give an added boost to your diet and exercise plan. If you think this is something you want to try, talk to your doctor. For WebMD I’m Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy.