Over the Counter Diet Pills: Natural Does Not Mean Safe
What is the overweight individual to do when faced with the temptation to take these types of substances? When in doubt, three things should come to mind:
- “Natural” and “herbal” are not necessarily safe. Even substances that are generally safe are not effective for weight loss.
- You should treat any substance marketed as a “Weight Loss Supplement” with suspicion. There is NO FDA regulation of these chemicals and NO clinical data.
- Finally, other than vitamins and minerals for some alcoholics, malnourished individuals, children, and pregnant women, few people really need supplements.
The Rule for Weight Loss Supplements:
If you do not obtain them with a prescription from a licensed physician following an office evaluation, do not take them. They will not work and they can harm you.
The only safe and effective weight loss pills are FDA approved medications. Because researchers must put them through rigorous clinical trials, we know their effects on the body. In the appetite suppressant group, these include phentermine, Lomaira, diethylpropion and also phendimetrazine. Newer medications include Contrave, Belviq, and Qsymia. If you are considering these drugs, seek a physician with skill in prescribing the best medication for your situation.
The only exception is the FDA-approved fat blocker Orlistat (Alli, Xenical), which one can purchase over-the-counter. Orlistat prevents the body from metabolizing and absorbing fat. As a result, the undigested fats are eliminated in the stool. However, the side effects (flatulence, fecal urgency, oily stools, and leakage) are often more than most people want to deal with.