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A 40-year-old member asked:

Do hydroxycut weight loss pills actually work?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
Only if: Only if you're trying to lose weight in your wallet. Why would you take something when you don't know what's in it or whether it'll harm you -- particularly when it won't help you. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. Invest in healthy nutrition, weight loss, diet, etc.

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A 52-year-old male asked:

Does hydroxycut work for weight loss. Is it harmful to your health?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
FDA warning: Fda is warning consumers to immediately stop using hydroxycut products as some of hydroxycut products are associated with a number of serious liver injuries. Fda has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. One death due to liver failure has been reported.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Do weight loss pills actually work?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Temporary with risks: Weight loss pills are a short term solution with risks. There are multiple types of pills - ones that suppress appetite, ones that block absorption of foods into body. Talk to your doctor for the specifics. However, the best solution is to change dietary habits. Track everything you eat, limit your portion sizes, cut back on added sugars and fats and begin an activity. See choosemyplate.Gov.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Scientists have discovered any weight loss pills that work?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Haynes
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology 38 years experience
A few: There are a few drugs that can help with weight loss, if diet and exercise have failed. In order of increasing efficacy: 1. Glucophade (metformin) 2. Alli (orlistat) 3. Phentermine 3. Belviq (lorcaserin) 5. Victoza (liraglutide) and bydureon 6. Topamax (topiramate) 7. Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) (topiramate + phentermine) unfortunately, side effects tend to increase in proportion to weight loss efficacy.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How exactly do weight loss pills work?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine 15 years experience
It varies: Most weight loss pills over the counter have substances in them that are a type of naturally occurring caffeine to give your body an energy boost. Some people consider this a slight increase in metabolism. Also, they often have some type of appetite suppressant or water pill. There are various types and i recommend you ask your physician prior to taking one.
A 23-year-old male asked:

Do the weight loss pills work or do they have side effects how they work?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Work a little bit: 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.
Last updated Oct 14, 2015


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