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Will Qnexa Solve the Obesity Problem?

Posted on March 1, 2012 by Leave a comment

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medicationYou may have heard of Qnexa, a potential new weight loss drug under development. Will it be the answer to America’s weight problems?

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Current Weight Loss Meds: Can They Help?

Posted on May 5, 2011 by 4 Comments

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medicationHave you ever wondered if there might be a medication that would make your weight loss efforts easier and more effective?

Actually, there are several prescription medications currently available for this purpose. Of course they aren???t ???magic pills??? that will allow you to eat whatever you want, not exercise, and still lose weight. But in combination with a balanced nutritional plan, regular exercise, and a solid counseling approach that addresses any behaviors contributing to the problem, they can be quite helpful.

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The Dangers of Weight Loss Supplements

Posted on March 10, 2011 by 8 Comments

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supplementsPerhaps you???ve seen ads on the Internet or pills at a convenience store that promise to cut your appetite, speed your metabolism, or melt away extra pounds, and wondered if they could help aid your weight loss efforts.

Their promises sound tempting, but the FDA recently cracked down on a number of such supplements, issuing a warning that they may be ineffective at best and downright dangerous to your health at worst.

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Can Medicine End Obesity?

Posted on November 29, 2010 by Leave a comment

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medicationIn recent weeks, the weight loss drug sibutramine (Meridia) has been pulled from the market due to an increased risk of heart attacks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also failed to approve lorcaserin (Lorqess), because of a possible cancer connection, as well as phentermine/topiramate (Qnexa), because of possible health risks, including birth defects and heart problems. This has left some declaring that science should stop looking to medications to help with the battle of the bulge.

I strongly disagree. While I do support possibly dangerous medications being taken off the table, I by no means think we should completely abandon the search for a possible pharmaceutical solution to the obesity epidemic.

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