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Are there any recommended weight loss pills? i am a fairly active 20 year old female, with a bmi of about 24. i have been doing a workout regime for a couple of months now combining weight lifting and cardio. i eat a well balanced diet, mostly vegetarian

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Given : Given you age and bmi, i suggest that you can better manage your weight through careful diet and activity. Currently, there are only limited options for an oral weight loss medication and all have their limitations and side-effects. Phentermine is an amphetamine has been approved by the fda and has been used for many years as a weight loss formula. It is used for a limited period of time to speed weight loss in overweight people who are exercising and eating a low-calorie diet and belongs to a class of medications called anorectics. A combination of Phentermine and topiramate (brand name topamax®) or also known as qnexa is under consideration by the fda for approval in 2012. Bontril is another amphetamine-related weight-loss drug, but like any amphetamine, are potentially addictive. Empatic is a combination drug consisting of two already fda approved medications, zonisamide and bupropion, for seizures and antidepressant, respectively - the combination is being tested for weight loss. Some appetite suppressant drugs such as Fenfluramine (also known as fen phen), chlorphentermine, and aminorex induced a heart valve abnormalities as well as pulmonary hypertension. These drugs were eventually withdrawn from the market. Lorcaserin, a selective 5-ht(2c) receptor agonist, produced modest weight loss but was not initially approved by the fda - resubmission is being consider in 2012. The monoaminergic re-uptake inhibitor tesofensine has also been shown to produce impressive weight loss in smaller-scale clinical studies and future tests are planned. The ads you see on the internet are for non-proven weight loss treatments.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dr : Dr fung provided excellent feedback. Another option to consider is auricular acupuncture. There are an increasing number of physicians in the us practicing medical acupuncture. There are very simple protocols for weight loss.

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