Medication Weight Loss
Over-weight and obesity issues have become more prevalent world-wide these days occurring even in Asian countries like Malaysia. Malaysia is recorded in 2010 as the sixth country in Asia with the most number of adult overweight and obese individuals. To help resolve the issue, most hospitals and/ or pharmacies now offer medication weight loss solution to help people either burn fats or suppress their appetites. These supplements cannot be bought over-the-counter so it is wiser to consult with your doctor first before attempting to take any diet pill or similar weight loss medicines.
Losing Weight through Pharmacotherapy
Pharmacotherapy is the treatment of obesity via the use of prescription drugs (legally prescribed by your physician). This method is used to treat severe cases of obesity and may only be used after and while undergoing healthy diet and exercise weight loss regimen. This method is different from the use of over-the-counter weight loss pills that can significantly help reduce weight (such as those supplements with l-carnitine, green tea, GCE (green coffee extract), capsicum extract, or other natural fat burning or appetite suppressant ingredients.)
The most common anti-obesity drugs used in Malaysia today are Orlistat and Phentermine. Sibutramine, another weight loss medicine was also used once but was banned since 2010 due to serious health risks.
Protocol and Requirements
Weight loss medications such as Orlistat and Phertermine may ONLY be prescribed and used after undergoing thorough checkup with your doctor. You will be evaluated of your current health risks such as diabetes, hypercholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, and other diseases associated with having excessive weight.
If you are under-age (ages 18 years and below) or if you are a senior (ages 60 and up) then you may NOT get any of these weight loss medicine prescriptions. These drugs’ side effects may seriously cost you your health and life.
Side Effects and Limitations
Orlistat effectively limits fat absorption by preventing fats from getting into your bloodstream. On the other hand, it also affects nutrient absorption specifically the absorption of Vitamin A and E. People often experience unpleasant side effects such as cramps, flatulence with leaks, and oily stool discharge. You may need to totally refrain from eating fatty foods to reduce your side effects.
Phentermine on the other hand works as an appetite suppressor. It makes you feel full and prevents hunger pangs and binge-eating. It can only be used short-term because it is addictive and can subject you to substance abuse. Side effects may include constipation, anxiety, insomnia, and palpitations.
Both Orlistat and Phentermine are acceptable and effective means of losing weight for people who currently don’t have any medical conditions, and are not under-age or in their senior years. Orlistat can reduce your weight to up to 5% percent if you follow the recommended diet, while Phentermine can help you lose about 2 to 10 kilograms within the period of 2 to 3 months.
Using these medication weight loss method, though it CANNOT guarantee that you would be able to maintain your weight loss unless you adopt a permanently healthy lifestyle of eating balanced meals and regularly exercising.