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A 45-year-old male asked:

Hello doctors! will u recommend lipotropic injection to an obese person? is it safe and effective? is there major side effects? thank u sirs :)

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Safe: Most lipotrophic injections are vit b complex in high doses. Vitamin b is water soluble hence minimal side effects apart from injection site reaction. They are not effective for weight loss. However patients commonly report a boost of energy.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Anyanwu is correct. These are placebos. Here in Kansas City as recently as a few decades ago, different physicians laced their injections with different adulterants -- methamphetamine and cocaine probably accounted for the "boost in energy." Be careful.
Jan 2, 2014
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Safe: Lipotropic injections are fairly safe, but unlikely to be highly effective. As they usually contain b12, they will give more benefit to someone who is low in b12.

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