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

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

Sadly, they don't: Weight loss pills are of 3 types: "speed"-like drugs (rx e.g. Meridia; prior otc e.g. Ephedrine), blocking agents (e.g. Alli) and bad/miscellaneous agents (e.g. Thyroid, diuretics). Problems: if from the 'net, you have no idea of actual contents. Alli (orlistat) works in exchange for 'anal leakage' of unabsorbed grease-yuk! weight may drop but with kcal in > kcal out, weight always rises. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Begin taking 0.6 victoza (liraglutide) and side effects are crazy, how long will it take to diminish?

Begin taking 0.6 victoza (liraglutide) and side effects are crazy, how long will it take to diminish?

Depends: The most common se of victoza (liraglutide) tend to improve after 1-2 wks. If you are just on the starting dose and symptoms are very bad however you should talk to your doctor about stopping the medicine as you may not be able to tolerate higher doses. ...Read more

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Does lipolysis and powder massages help lose weight? Do they have any side effects?

Does lipolysis and powder massages help lose weight? Do they have any side effects?

Hmm powder ? : Lipolysis is the breakdown of lipids and involves hydrolysis of triglycerides into glycerol and free fatty acids. Certain hormones may help induce lipolysis. However as a medical doctor i advise you to avoid getting theses hormones without being under medical supervision. Some people enjoy power massages for tense muscles. I have not heard of a powder massage.Lose weight energy out >energy in. ...Read more

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Metformin side effects, how long do they last?

Metformin side effects, how long do they last?

MAYBE indefinitely: Metformin has G.I. Side effects including diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The symptoms may last as long as you are taking the medication. One solution is generic glucophage xr or er which is a long-acting medication with less side effects. Many patients can not tolerate metformin at any dose but fortunately we have many diabetes meds --out there. Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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My spouse is 45 and taking testosterone. Are there side effects for long term use? How long can he take this?

My spouse is 45 and taking testosterone. Are there side effects for long term use? How long can he take this?

Low Testosterone: This treatment should be considered for life...Or for as long as it is effective. Low testosterone can cause malaise, fatigue, weakness, weight gain, and depression. Normalizing testosterone cane improve one's sense of well being, strength, energy and mood. Under a good provider's care there should be very little risk to long term use. ...Read more

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How long does gabapentin take to work? And what side effects can happen on this medication?

How long does gabapentin take to work? And what side effects can happen on this medication?

Depends on condition: It depends on the condition being treated. For chronic pain it will be about 5 days for noticeable improvement. If seizures are being treated it could take a little longer and dosing might need to be adjusted. There are a lot of potential side effects, but most people tolerate the medication well. You'll get the best information from your pharmacist so talk to him. Feeling groggy is most common. ...Read more

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How profound are Sibelium side effects? Like how much weight can we expect to gain in 3 months from it and how bad is the weakness?

How profound are Sibelium side effects? Like how much weight can we expect to gain in 3 months from it and how bad is the weakness?

What's indication ?: Sibelium is indicated to prophylax migraines & to treat vestibular vertigo. The drug's safety is not established in pregnancy, & it is contraindicated in patients with depression, Parkinson's, or known hypersensitivity to flunarizine. It may lead to drowsiness particularly when taken with alcohol or CNS depressants. May also lead to progressive fatigue, galactorrhea, & drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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Does anyone use lipase inhibitors for weight loss? How are they working out?

Does anyone use lipase inhibitors for weight loss?  How are they working out?

Orlistat: Orlistat is lipase inhibiter and is used to loose weight in over weight individuals with low fat, low calorie diet and exercise.So fat is in not absorped in its entirity and is passed undigested in stools.So total calorie absorption is reduced and because of the side effects which are not pleasant people cut down on their fat intake and that helps too. ...Read more

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What are long term side effects of diphenhydramine antihistamines and do they lose effectiveness over time? K

What are long term side effects of diphenhydramine antihistamines and do they lose effectiveness over time?
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Minimal: Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and has been around for a very long time. Like most antihistamines, there is not believed to be long term side effects. Losing effectiveness is less well studied, but with ongoing use there could be some development of tolerance or it could be that you are still being exposed to an allergen and that is why symptoms are not controlled. ...Read more

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How long do the average medications side effects generally start and last for?

How long do the average medications side effects generally start and last for?

Side effects: Depends on type of medication, its half life, duration you been on it, and whether taking other medications that affect its absorption or metabolism. ...Read more

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Need advice on HIV meds side effects and how long they are supposed to last?

Need advice on HIV meds side effects and how long they are supposed to last?

Days to weeks: You ask a very difficult question. In most cases side effects mayl last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It's important to keep a close eye on the serious ones (i.e. Skin changes that can happen suddenly)(referred to as steven johnson syndrome. Many side effects will be GI nature and will pass. Others can cause nausea and vomiting. It requires a specialist with solid experience. ...Read more

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Does taking fat burners capsules have any long term side effects for women??? Would it affect conceiving and pregnancy in future??

Does taking fat burners capsules have any long term side effects for women??? Would it affect conceiving and pregnancy in future??

They're snake oil: Hi. "Fat burner capsules" are pure snake oil. The only things they're known for sure to do is make you poorer and the snake oil salesmen richer. They have been shown to be NEITHER safe nor effective. Therefore, regarding conception and pregnancy, this geeky ol' scientific fuddy duddy would say stay away during conception and pregnancy. I hope that's not rain on your parade. ...Read more

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Does niacin pills really work and for how long?

Does niacin pills really work and for how long?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants have any long term negative effects to the brain?

Do antidepressants have any long term negative effects to the brain?

Ooooooohh, you asked: a hotly debated question. My experience is that psychiatrists tend to say "No" and to not tell you enough about even the short-term side effects. GP's do the same for most prescriptions. Researchers, however, don't have the same motivations and have done loads of studies on this--some saying meds are good, some bad--long term. Here's a starting reference: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=antidepressants+long+term+effects+on+brain&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj7jaf8hbLJAhVGOogKHd5MCg4QgQMIGzAA ...Read more

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How can I avoid weight gain on clomipramine? What could i suggest my dr to take instead that does not have weight gain as a side effect? :/

How can I avoid weight gain on clomipramine? What could i suggest my dr to take instead that does not have weight gain as a side effect? :/

Doc should know: Just express your concerns with your doctor. He knows you best and knows your medication and illness and treatment history. If it is just depression, he or she has a long list of antidepressants to choose from. Let him or her know that you do not want to gain weight. ...Read more

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Doc has advised me to take glucophage (metformin) gor 3 months to regulate my hormones and aid in weight loss but i m wary. Will there be long term side effects?

Doc has advised me to take glucophage (metformin) gor 3 months to regulate my hormones and aid in weight loss but i m wary. Will there be long term side effects?

No: Metformin is excellent at reducing Insulin resistance, particularly when combined with diet, exercise, and weight loss. Most effective dose is 2000 md/d (1000 twice/day), but you need to work up to that dose gradually. ...Read more

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What can I take or do to reverse the weight gain effects of my medication?

Eat less, more exerc: Eat less, exercise more. Eat whole foods, no junk food, eat protein and veggies. No juice or soda. Get 7-8 hours of sleep. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Diet Pills (Definition)

Anorectic agents generally known as diet pills are medications which decrease or inhibit appetite and aid in the reduction of food intake, therefore aiding weightmloss. Most currently FDA-approved appetite medications are dispensed by prescription due to potential side effects and contraindications. Diet pills alone are seldom successful in deriving long-term weight reduction. They should only be taken under the direct supervision of a physician specifically trained in their use as a part of a multi-modal treatment program including diet, exercise, ...Read more