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    The use of weight loss products provides people with initial weight loss by decreasing appetite or decreasing the absorption of fat. After a period of time, or after a person ceases to take weight loss products, patients will, in almost all cases, regain the weight that they had initially lost and most of the time even more. Weight loss products provide short term weight loss, but with potential catastrophic recriminations. It is a bad cycle that gets worse each time patients use these products.

    Meridia

    Meridia works at the level of the brain which controls the sensation of hunger. It works to reduce this sensation. It is effective for losing 5-10% of total body weight. It is best used if it is combined with behavioral modification and exercise therapy. Patients must stay on this medication indefinitely. Weight gain tends to return after the discontinuation of Meridia. There is a small risk that Meridia will elevate your blood pressure, but will be monitored. Meridia can be taken with or without food. Decongestants, anti-depressants cough suppressants, other over-the-counter weight loss products and lithium are not tolerated while taking Meridia.

    Xenical

    Xenical works in the gastrointestinal tract by prohibiting absorption of approximately 30% of ingested fat. There is a tendency to regain weight after discontinuation of the medication. This medication is best when combined with behavior modification and exercise therapy. Side effects include bowel movements, increased number of bowel movements, and increased flatulence. A vitamin supplement will be prescribed to maintain nutrition levels. Xenical is usually taken with a meal that contains fat.

    Adipex

    Adipex is a drug which stimulates your nervous system which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. This type of drug is called an anorexigenic drug. Adipex is a habit forming drug which you can become physically and mental addicted to and may cause withdrawal symptoms when stopped suddenly. You will have to discontinue use of this drug slowly. If this drug is taken late in the day, it may cause insomnia.

    Ionamin

    Ionamin is a drug which stimulates the nervous system which increases blood pressure and heart rate while decreasing your appetite. It is a physically and mentally habit forming drug which must be discontinued slowly. Some of the more common side effects of Ionamin are restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, headache, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, impotence or changes in your sex drive. It is recommended only for short-term usage (a few weeks), and therefore does not lead to overall significant weight loss.

    Bontril SR

    Bontril SR is a physically and emotionally habit forming drug. It stimulates the nervous system which increases your blood pressure and heart rate while decreasing your appetite. It is a physically and mentally habit forming drug which must be discontinued slowly. Some of the more common side effects of Bontril SR are restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, headache, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, impotence or changes in your sex drive. Its usage is also limited to only a few weeks.

     
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