Highly Effective FDA Approved Weight-Loss Pills

Weight-Loss Pills

Weight Gain is one of the biggest problems facing America leading to serious problems like high blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart diseases…as simple as it sounds but as dangerous as it could get!! On our effort towards Weight Loss, we tend to prefer Weight Loss Pills which we think can be highly effective based on our perception build on faulty advertisements placed by the distributors. “Lose 20 Pounds in a week” – Moreover, the foulest thing….we believe on these advertisements!!

Hence, to protect and to promote the health of the general public, FDA (The Food and Drug Administration, a governing body) reviews and approves prescription drugs for treating specific health problems. Table 1 of the FDA lists the prescription drugs approved by the FDA for weight control. So If you are considering taking diet pills to help you lose weight, make sure that the pills you are considering are FDA approved diet pills before you take them.

The three types of diet pills the FDA has approved are Orlistat (Xenical), Sibutramine (Meridia) and sympathomimetic appetite suppressants (Phentermine). Ask your health care provider which type of diet pill would work best for you.

Weight-Loss Drug

How it Works

Common Side Effects

Sold as Xenical by prescription Over-the-counter version sold as Alli

Blocks some of the fat that you eat, keeping it from being absorbed by your body.

Stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and leakage of oily stools.

Sold as Belviq

Acts on the serotonin receptors in the brain. This may help you eat less and feel full after eating smaller amounts of food.

Headaches, dizziness, feeling tired, nausea, dry mouth, cough, and constipation. Should not be taken with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) medications.

Sold as Qsymia

A mix of two drugs: phentermine (suppresses your appetite and curbs your desire to eat) and topiramate (used to treat seizures or migraine headaches). May make you feel full and make foods taste less appealing.

Tingling of hands and feet, dizziness, taste alterations (particularly with carbonated beverages), trouble sleeping, constipation, and dry mouth.


Other appetite suppressant drugs (drugs that curb your desire to eat), which include – phentermine, benzphetamine, diethylpropion & phendimetrazine

Sold under many names

Increase chemicals in the brain that affect appetite. Make you feel that you are not hungry or that you are full.

Note: Only FDA approved for a short period of time (up to 12 weeks).

Dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, headache, feeling nervous, feeling restless, upset stomach, diarrhea, and constipation.

A new weight-loss pill called Qsymia was approved for patients who are overweight or obese and also have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol that many doctors consider the most effective of a new generation of anti-obesity drugs got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration on 07/18/12.

Don’t Fall for Fraud

Look for potential warning signs of tainted products, such as

  • Promises of quick action, such as “lose 10 pounds in one week”
  • Use of the words “guaranteed” or “scientific breakthrough”
  • Labeled or marketed in a foreign language
  • Marketed through mass e-mails
  • Marketed as an herbal alternative to an FDA-approved drug or as having effects similar to prescription drugs.

Advice for Consumers

Generally, if you are using or considering using any product marketed as a dietary supplement, FDA suggests that you

  • Check with your health care professional or a registered dietitian about any nutrients you may need in addition to your regular diet
  • Ask your health care professional for help distinguishing between reliable and questionable information
  • Ask yourself if it sounds too good to be true
  • Be cautious if the claims for the product seem exaggerated or unrealistic.
  • Watch out for extreme claims such as “quick and effective” or “totally safe.”
  • Be skeptical about anecdotal information from personal “testimonials” about incredible benefits or results obtained from using a product.

If you suspect a dietary supplement sold online may be illegal, FDA urges you to report that information online. You or your health care professional can also report an illness or injury you believe to be related to the use of a dietary supplement by calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or visiting FDA online.