Diet Pills Information
The majority of the diet pills available are in the appetite suppressant group. Which include phentermine, phendimetrazine, benzphetamine and sibutramine hydrochloride based diet pills. These diet pills are available in tablet form or extended-release caplets.
Appetite suppressants trick the brain and body into believing that it is not hungry or is full. Appetite Suppressant diet pills decrease appetite by increasing serotonin or catecholamine — two brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite.
Diet Pills and BMI
Most physicians will take individuals Body Mass Index (BMI) into consideration before prescribing diet pills for weight loss.
Fat Absorption Inhibitor Diet Pills
The other variety of diet pill is the fat absorption inhibitor. In the United States, the only diet pill of this type available is Xenical.
Diet pills which block the absorption of fat work by stopping your body from breaking down and absorbing fat eaten with your meals. This unabsorbed fat is eliminated in bowel movements.
What are the side effects of taking diet pills?
Appetite suppressants can cause the following side effects in some users:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Insomnia (inability to sleep or stay asleep)
- Excessive thirst
- Stuffy nose
- Dry mouth
Currently, most available weight-loss medications approved by the FDA are for short-term use, meaning a few weeks or months. Using diet pills beyond the time frame as prescribed by your physician can be extremely harmful to your health.
In addition to the time frame warning, diet pills also carry the following risks.
Long-term use of these products can lead to addiction and, in turn, serious health effects. Making sure your Dr. is a partner in your weight loss with diet pills is vital to help prevent this from occurring. Tolerance to Diet Pills The cause is unclear, but at around six months after using the diet pills, the weight loss attributed to the effects of diet pills decreases in some people.
Most of the diet pills which are prescribed now do have mild side effects which usually improve as your body adjusts. Rare and fatal side effects have been recorded so be sure to be in contact with your physician if you feel uneasy about the side effects you are experiencing.