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what is the safest appetite suppressant or weight loss aid that i should request from a doctor?

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Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
No great choices: There are very few good choices when it comes to medications for weight loss aid. A few possibilities are orlistat, the generic ingredient in the over the counter drug alli, is probably the safest. It works by preventing fat from being digested and cause cause a fatty diarrhea. Metformin, a diabetes medicine, is sometimes used in pre-diabetics and can help.
Answered on May 26, 2016
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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Pill not too helpful: Diet pills decrease appetite a bit (they are related to stimulants). Other pills block fat digestion. One'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 was effective, we would not have so much obesity today.
Answered on Mar 6, 2016
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Dr. David Wyatt
25 years experience Family Medicine
Very very: Well said dr kwok! !
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Glutamine: Glutamine helps reset satiation center in brain and helps inflammatory signals like leptin to normalize for weight loss.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013
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Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
None: Agree with dr. Kwok. If you're over weight, look to your habits, not to your doctor, for the solution. Almost every single obese human being has gotten there by eating too much and/or making bad food choices. If you're motivated, get on a program to change your lifestyle and habits. There are several to choose from. You will never solve the problem with a pill.
Answered on Aug 16, 2012
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Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Non prescription: Glutamine that helps reset satiation center is non prescription. Ask your doctor regarding normalizing leptin which helps with appetite and inflammation - currently this is under research and not available for rx.
Answered on Nov 24, 2012
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Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
None: Try these natural appetite suppressants instead: 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.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013

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