I know, even though I need to lose weight, my appetite is relatively controlled with simple willpower. Many times, I just get busy doing something and forget that I was hungry.
But, it’s not that way for everyone.
Since the fen-phen side effects became a public issue in the 1990’s, there was a very dry spell for weight loss drugs. And rightly so. “Dying to be thin” should only be a saying, not a reality.
In 1997 the FDA approved Orlistat for prescription use, then in 2007 it approved a lower dosage version for OTC use.
Alli became a best seller, but the side effects (and the commercials!) were pretty bad. Does anyone really want to have the potential for explosive diarrhea? The horror stories on the internet about the whens and wheres were pretty detailed!
More are available through prescription now:
Orlistat (Xenical), lorcaserin (Belviq), phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia), naltrexone-bupropion (Contrave) and liraglutide (Saxenda) are approved for long-term use.
They all have good and bad effects, and individually we have to decide what’s best for us.
Contrave is being heavily marketed on television, especially during the peak “womens” times: soap operas and talk shows. There are no men in the commercials, which kind of leads one to believe that ONLY women have weight issues. But that’s a topic for another day.
“The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, and diarrhea.”
Well, that would cause me to lose weight. Kind of reminds me of the time I had bad oysters…
What bothers me is this: “CONTRAVE is believed to work on two important areas of the brain—your hunger center and your reward system—to reduce hunger and help control cravings”
and this: “The exact neurochemical effects of CONTRAVE leading to weight loss are not fully understood.”
I’m sure this is really a disclaimer on many prescription drugs, but that also tells me that these manufacturers may not have all the data for long term effects (back to fen-phen again).
The decision is intensely personal. “You do you”. But be fully aware and read all the data before hopping on the pill-power band wagon.
Obviously, if one thing worked for every person, the diet industry wouldn’t be a $60 billion dollar a year business(US news Jan 2013 data).
It’s never as simple as “I have no willpower”. Health, age, physical abilities, metabolism, stress, medical conditions.. so many things can prevent us from losing weight on our own.