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could i go to the dr and get a prescription for weight loss pills?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not all physicians: Prescribe them. You would need to see a physician who prescribes them. The doctor would need to see if you have a medical indication for the medication.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
No Diet Pills: I would worry that any physician who would prescribe 'diet' pills for you did not have your health or your best interests at heart. There are no known supplements or diet pills that really lead to true and lasting weight loss. Postponing the real work it takes to lose weight is the most common outcome when one takes any medicine for weight loss.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Do weight loss pills really help you lose weight?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Probably not much: 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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Should I take weight loss pills?

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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No: There are very few safe, effective options when it comes to pills to help with weight loss. I enjoy helping people with weight loss, but very rarely doe that involve appetite suppressants, although often other meds are helpful. The best way to start is to make an appointment for a discussion & blood work. It is helpful if you bring a food log (just a day or two of your typical food intake).
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Recent studies have shown that working in the fashion Dr Guthell describes with your family physician can help you lose weight and keep it off. A collaborative and integrated approach can work! Good luck
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Are weight loss pills safe to take?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Yes but monitor: All medications have side effects and many people can tolerate certain medications. Nevertheless, if you can tolerate the meds in the short term, there is no evidence of long term problems. That includes stimulant medication which has been found to have no effect on blood pressure and minimal effects on heart rate in persons who can take them, there are no reports of addiction with phentermine.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How does weight loss pills work and do they have long term side effects?

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Dr. Robert True
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Short term: Weight loss pills, such as phentermine, can be used only for a short period of time, e.g. A few weeks. They decrease appetite and work well short term. However, they should only be used in conjunction with a good diet and exercise program. The drug HCG also can work to reduce appetite in a different fashion. It changes your metabolism and is very safe and effective when supervised by a doctor.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How exactly do weight loss pills work?

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Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine 14 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.

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