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what is a way i can trigger my appetite if i'm not eating enough?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Find symptom's cause: Nausea/vomiting-related anorexia may be gi-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, biliary &pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel problems). Consider "central" causes: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? Urinary tract), medication side effects, pregnancy, & even reaction to stress.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it true that appetite suppressants are drugs?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Yes: Any chemical that you take into your body that produces a change in the way your body functions (for good or for ill) is, be definition, a drug. Government regulations may group things into "drug" and "non-drug" categories for regulatory purposes but they are still drugs. Herbal and dietary supplements can have a huge impact on the drugs your doc is prescribing so please tell them everything!
Dr. David Wyatt
Dr. David Wyatt commented
Family Medicine 26 years experience
your describing appetite suppressants as "drugs" implies an illegal form.... although in the past amphetamines were used for weight loss, this is NO LONGER done or available. The "legal drugs" used in suppressing appetite are just that LEGAL and if prescribed appropriately and with advice regarding other strategies to address weight loss - they May play a role - in my practice are 4th line tho.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do appetite suppressants really work?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
They don't: Most products promoted as appetite suppressants are not effective. One drug is approved by the fda as an appetite suppressant. It is phentermine, and its mechanism of action is unknown.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are natural appetite suppressants?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Water, veggies: Water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do "hoodia gordonii" patches work safely for appetite supperssion?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Maybe: Hoodia gordonii has been used for years as an appetite suppressant. While it is safe, there is no good evidence to suggest that it works.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Suggestation for a appetite supressant that really works?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
There R new ones but: ...Appetite suppressants are only temporary crutches--what happens when you stop them? Exercise rather than reach for food, & keep on-hand only healthy choices if you must snack. Chewing gum, a big glass of water, carrots & celery sticks may help curb your appetite. Reach your goal safely please.

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