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What Are Prescription Diet Pills?

Last updated: Thursday, 20, August 2020

There are a few brands of prescription diet pills used in Canada, and doctors prescribed these drugs based on the situation of the person requesting them. Prescription diet pills are used to treat obesity and are different from over-the-counter weight loss drugs. A healthcare provider will use the body mass index which is a measure of your weight in relation to your height, to define overweight and obesity. For example, a BMI of between 25 and 30 would be considered overweight, and obesity would be a BMI of 30 or more. Obesity is a chronic condition that affects many Canadians, and prescription diet pills do different things to treat obesity. For example, some medications may help you feel less hungry or full sooner. Other drugs make it harder for your body to absorb fat from the food you eat. Prescription diet pills are only prescribed to people who have health problems related to being overweight or obese. A prescribing doctor will consider the benefits of weight loss along with the side effects of the medication, your current health, and family history. Prescription weight-loss drugs can be abused because of how they affect the body.

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Most weight-loss drugs suppress the appetite and are known as anorexiants, and some include stimulant drugs. Prescription weight-loss drugs in Canada include Xenical, Contrave, and Saxenda. Contrave is made up of bupropion, which is an anti-depressant, and naltrexone which is used to treat opioid addiction. Contrave increases metabolism and suppresses appetite, affecting the central reward center in the brain. Saxenda regulates areas in the brain involved in appetite, and Xenical inhibits fat absorption in the intestine. On average, prescription diet pills result in a 5 to 10% weight loss over a 12-month period, when used as part of a plan that includes diet and exercise. However, like any other type of prescription drug, people can find ways to get them illegally and abuse them. This is problematic for people who are struggling with anorexia or bulimia, or other health problems related to weight loss.



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