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A 32-year-old member asked:

are there any diet pills or appetite suppressants that work and don't have side effects?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Diet pills: There are a constant stream of medications that come to market, both via prescription and over the counter that are promoted to be the biggest, latest, easiest path to the loss of weight. None have ever been shown to be the panacea for the obesity woes in america. Weight loss requires common sense and help with a dietician and an exercise planner.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Side effects: There are very few, if any, medications that have no side effects. Our bodies are wondrously complex and delicately balanced machines. To tinker with one part using a medication almost always causes additional effects in another part. The goal is to minimize these side effects but they are almost always there to some extent.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
However, you can use a strategy of combining lower dosages of medications which use different mechanisms of appetite suppression. This allow you to get an significant, even synergistic benefit, while minimizing side effects
Dec 26, 2011
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Control-IT by Biotic: Biotic research has a program called control-it works well - female loose 6 pounds per month and male 10 pounds per month.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown commented
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
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Dec 26, 2011
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Foods: 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.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Do you recommend over-the-counter diet pills/appetite suppressants?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Over-the-counter diet pills decrease one's appetite a bit (they are related to stimulants). A person's desire to eat can be much stronger that a diet pill's power to decrease his appetite, so he will likely continue to eat too many calories. Also, diet pills don't increase one's desire to exercise. If something as simple as a diet pill actually worked, we would not have so much obesity in america.

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