How safe are diet pills?
Asked by marebears on May 21, 2008 in Weight Loss




Answer

Prescription medications for weight loss are presumed safe because they are approved by the FDA, although it is not uncommon for problems to be found after a pills has been approved.  For instance, Meridia, was taken off the market in October after a study showed it might raise the risk of cardiac events. Diet pills are indicated for people with a BMI of 30 or more, or a BMI of 27 to 29.9 when obesity-related conditions are present.  Some medications are intended for short term use because they can be habit forming, and any medication may be contraindicated for certain people. Herbs and dietary supplements for weight loss are available without a prescription, but most of their ingredients have not been tested or approved. Some are harmless, but others can raise blood pressure and heart rate to extreme levels.  Read more about weight loss drugs by Jane Brody in The New York Times.


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