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How Appetite Suppressants Work

Many different weight loss pills, or appetite suppressants, and supplements, with measuring tape on black wooden table. Diet pills and supplements, prescription weight loss drugs. Are you snacking more than usual with unwanted repercussions for your health? We've all been there. Mindless snacking, especially when it isn't a healthy snack, can negatively affect our health way more than we realize. Eating big meals can also have this effect if we aren't careful. Most of us eat until we feel full, but that is usually way more food than our body actually needs (consider serving size compared to what you actually dish up for yourself).

If you have gotten to the point where you're looking for a solution, it could be that appetite suppressants could work for you. Like all weight loss solutions, it's important to do your research so that you understand what you're putting into your body. So let's dive into what appetite suppressants are and the effects that they can have on your body.

What Prescription Appetite Suppressants Do

Appetite suppressants are medications that are designed to curb your hunger and, consequently, can help you lose weight.

The FDA strongly recommends that you only use prescription appetite suppressants, as there are no OTC (over-the-counter) appetite suppressants that have been approved by them. Any OTC appetite suppressants or non-prescription appetite suppressants could be harmful to your body as they have not been examined and/or approved by the FDA.

The FDA has approved the following prescription appetite suppressants:

  • Liraglutide (Saxenda): This is an injection originally marketed as a diabetes treatment under the brand name of Victoza. It can dampen feelings of hunger by acting on a hormone found in the gut.

  • Phentermine (Qsymia): A combination of two medications, phentermine stimulates your body to feel less hungry and more full. It is best used with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. It can be an ideal choice for adults who want to lose weight and keep the weight off or who have weight-related medical problems.

  • Phentermine (Adipex): Adipex works by stimulating your hypothalamus gland (the region of your brain that controls the autonomic nervous system) and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease your appetite. It has also been known to help increase patient energy levels, especially when combined with exercise.

  • Benzphetamine (Didrex): This prescription appetite suppressant has short-term use and is usually combined with a behavior change program along with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise. It is commonly used by individuals dealing with obesity who haven't been able to see strong enough results from diet and exercise changes alone. It stimulates your central nervous system to increase your heart rate and blood pressure while decreasing your appetite.

  • Diethylproprion (Tenuate): A short-term use prescription appetite suppressant used to stimulate the hypothalamus gland and certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite. It is also known for its ability to increase energy levels in patients when combined with exercise. It is commonly used along with a behavior change program, reduced-calorie diet, and exercise to help treat obesity.

  • Phendimetrazine (Bontril): A sympathomimetic amine that stimulates your central nervous system to increase your heart rate and blood pressure while decreasing your appetite. It is commonly used along with a behavior change program, reduced-calorie diet, and exercise to help treat obesity and is a short-term use prescription appetite suppressant.

What Appetite Suppressants Can't Do

Appetite Suppressants can't replace healthy lifestyle choices such as proper diet and exercise. They must always be used in conjunction with reduced-calorie diets and exercise for optimal results. In fact, patients see the greatest results when they combine appetite suppressants with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise.

Are you interested in learning more about medical weight loss options we offer at Transformyou that could be right for you? Schedule a consultation with us and we'll figure out what works for you and your lifestyle.