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I was wondering if anyone had any experience with diet pills prescribed by their doctor? Do they work? Do they have any side effects? Are they usually covered by insurance? And is there any out there that boost your metabolism or are they mostly appetite suppressants?

 

Thanks!

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personally, I think diet pills are a waste of time and money.

There really is no pill out there to help you lose weight that doesn't require healthy eating and exercise.  Read every lable on any and all prescribed or over the counter weightloss/diet pill and it will say - Results may vary when combined with a healthy reduced calorie diet and exercise plan.

So, if you're going to eat healthy and work out anyway - just save the money and skip on buying the pills. 

Good Luck!

(Ignoring over-the-counter preparations which are universally ineffective or possibly dangerous....)

Doctors will usually start by suggesting the patient tries to lose weight with a calorie-controlled diet and exercise.  You could ask to be referred to a dietician for support.  In extreme cases of obesity there are some drugs that can be prescribed but they all have their downsides.  Xenical and Orlistat, for example, limit fat absorption and that does actually work.... to a point.  Some of the side-effects are a little unpleasant if you don't rigidly follow a very low fat diet but they can help.  Sibutramine acts as an appetite suppressant by triggering 'full' signals in the brain.  But the side-effects can include constipation, insomnia and high blood-pressure.  Then, of course, there's surgery which can be an option for the morbidly obese.... BMI 40+ ... and that also has many risks.

Talk it through with your doctor.

What Im really interested in is if there is anything that can help increase metabolism?

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I was wondering if anyone had any experience with diet pills prescribed by their doctor? Do they work? Do they have any side effects? Are they usually covered by insurance? And is there any out there that boost your metabolism or are they mostly appetite suppressants?

 

Thanks!

Yes I have experience. Yes there are diet pills that increase your metabolism. Stay away from them is my advice. They are addicting, cause serious side effects, can land you in the hospital with mood problems and in the end you will end up gaining twice as much as you have lost. Heed the advice of experience. Do it the right way and count calories and lose slowly. Oh I forgot heart and blood pressure problems too.

WOW. Thanks for the advice. I guesse I will stick with calorie counting. Im just getting so frustrated by how slow it is!!

Slow is good.  Slow tends to be more long-lasting.  The cemeteries are full of people that went for the speedier options.... And there are plenty of overweight people that crashed their weight down with pills or fad diets only to regain it twice as fast.

Natural metabolism boosters.... eating enough food (not starving); eating regularly (not skipping meals); drinking plenty of water; getting regular exercise..... not new or exciting but effective :-)

Remember.... the aim is not to be a perfect weight for a few days but to be a healthy weight for life.  In the full anticipation that you're going to live a long, long life (!) what does it matter if you get to that healthy weight this month, next month or next year?  As long as you stay there, that's what matters.

If you look at diet supplements that increase metabolism, it is usually through caffeine or other energy supplements, that like r4eboxer said are going to mess you up in the long run.  I have never heard of a doctor proscribing anything like that.

Muscle mass burns more fat.  Increase muscle mass and the amount of fat you burn resting will increase.  Also make sure you are getting plenty of vitamins, eating at regular intervals, and drinking lots of water.  There are plenty of natural ways to help give your metabolism a little boost.  But there is no wonder pill yet that will just make you burn fat.

I was prescribed diet pills by an oh-so competent doctor [note: sarcasm] not so long ago.  I was 16, 5'3, and 180-something pounds.  Sure, I was obese, but it's really not recommended to prescribe diet pills (especially amphetamines) to minors, however, this lovely lady did.  I started to get light-headed really often and my skin became very dry.  I also started to get heart palpitations and my pulse was often alarmingly high.  When I complained to the doctor, she insisted it wasn't due to the diet pills.  By then, I was already at a normal weight range but she continued to prescribe them and so my parents continued to make me take them.  Later, I got mononucleosis, which I didn't find out I had until months later.  This same doctor almost refused to test me for it.  Needless to say, I switched doctors.  When I began seeing the new one, they were appalled that I was told to take diet pills and told me that they were actually blocking my body from getting a lot of essential nutrients from what I was eating, which was making my mono last longer.  Finally, my parents let me stop taking the stupid pills.

Diet pills often cause increased blood pressure and irregular pulses.  They also may cause mood swings and skin disorders.

I successfully lost weight before taking them and did so after stopping them as well.  My life would have been tons better if I had never seen that quack doctor in the first place.  Stay away from the pills.

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I am also appalled that any physician would give you diet pills at your age.  I am 45 years old and have struggled with my weight since graduating high school at 125 pounds.  I have weighed as much as 350 and as little as 180 in my adulthood.  I, too, have tried the diet pills prescribed by a doctor on 3 different occasions...everytime I did lose weight...and everytime I did gain that weight back plus 20 or 30 pounds...EVERY TIME.  But more importantly what it did was deprive my body of the vitamins and nutrients it needed to be healthy.  It messed up my metabolism and I have struggled for years to regain that healthy balance in my body.  Trust me when I tell you there is NO secret way to lose weight and NO medical/miracle cure.  The only true way to lose weight is through diet and excerise.  The only true way to keep that weight off is by learning what is and is not healthy to eat and controlling your diet through self-discipline.  I am glad for you that you discovered early the dangers of taking diet medication and have found a healthy alternative to losing weight.  I wish you the best and good luck!

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Original Post by keb1984:

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with diet pills prescribed by their doctor? Do they work? Do they have any side effects? Are they usually covered by insurance? And is there any out there that boost your metabolism or are they mostly appetite suppressants?

 

Thanks!

 

 

Yes, there is diet medication that's not just dressy amphetimenes that does work. Yes, if your doctor prescribes it, it's covered. Yes, not I, but others I know have had success with some.

But no, it's not something to ask your doctor for and no, it's not something to even start thinking about as useful unless you're in the high BMIs.

No - no, in flashing lights with big billboards and dancing girls - none work as magic bullets. At best, it gives your body a leg up.  You still have to do the work.

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