Weight Loss Medication and Side effects

Weight-loss medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are also an option for some people. If someone is not successful at losing 1 pound a week after 6 months of using lifestyle changes, medicines may help. One should only use medicines as part of the program that includes diet, physical activity, and behavioural changes. Some of the important medicines used are:

  • Sibutramine (Meridia®)
  • Orlistat (Xenical® and Alli®)
  • Lorcaserin Hydrochloride (Belviq®) and Qsymia™
Other medicines like Ephedra, Chromium, Diuretics, herbal laxatives, Hoodia are also prescribed.

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