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Which type of drugs/weight loss pills do a really nice job or suppressing appetite?

Which type of drugs/weight loss pills do a really nice job or suppressing appetite?

Several drugs help: The best drug for suppressing appetite is probably topiramate (topamax) which is used for epilepsy and seizures. In clinical trials the average weight loss ranged from 8% (on 50 mg) to 12% (on 200 mg). It does have side effects, which can include tingling (not dangerous), metabolic acidosis (can be monitored and prevented), and, rarely, acute glaucoma (with eye pain). Best to discuss with your md. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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What are some weight loss supplements I can take to decrease appetite? I want to take it while I diet and exercise but suppress appetite

What are some weight loss supplements I can take to decrease appetite? I want to take it while I diet and exercise but suppress appetite

Don't reach for pill: Appetite suppressants are only temporary crutches--what happens when you stop them? Exercise rather than reach for food, ; keep on-hand only healthy choices if you must snack. Chewing gum, a big glass of water, carrots ; celery sticks may help curb your appetite. Reach your goal safely please. ...Read more

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Best OTC appetite suppressant or weight loss stimulants? At approx 130lbs with norm of 115 lbs. Goal weight between 115-120lbs.

Best OTC appetite suppressant or weight loss stimulants? At approx 130lbs with norm of 115 lbs. Goal weight between 115-120lbs.

Wouldn't advise OTC.: For the weight loss plans that you have, I would re just limiting your intake of carbohydrates over fat and protein and adding mostly a plant based diet. I would suggest, as a general measure, checking your Body mass index (BMI) and seeing where you fall on the chart. I generally would avoid any stimulants, as they come with health risks, including tachycardia, dizziness and other. ...Read more

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What is a good weight loss drug OTC that can be taken with enbrel (etanercept)?

What is a good weight loss drug OTC that can be taken with enbrel (etanercept)?

Very few OTC drugs!: There are few otc weight loss drugs that work for any duration without tolerance, and rapid weight gain ocurring with cessation. Good nutritional support is your best bet, combined with exercise. That having been said, ephedrine, guarance, phenylpropanolamine, caffeine, provided you do not od on these, can be taken with enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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Weight loss in elderly when appetite is good?

Weight loss in elderly when appetite is good?

This warrants: Medical evaluation to rule out a variety of medical causes. ...Read more

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What's the best weight loss and/or appetite suppression pills?

Exercise: Execise 3-4 times per week - if you're healthy add intervals. ...Read more

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Is loss of appetite, weight loss and weekness common in sciatica?

Not really: Weakness could be, but the appetite loss or weight loss is not a typical problem with sciatica. See your PCP to figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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No appetite weight loss night sweats peeing alot?

No appetite weight loss night sweats peeing alot?

See your doctor: Anorexia (loss of appetite), weight loss and night sweats are symptoms that can result from a serious underlying illness and their presence warrants further investigation. The differential diagnosis is wide and only a doctor can narrow it down and reassure you. ...Read more

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Sudden weight loss, 12 pounds in 2 weeks, no appetite what could be wrong?

Sudden weight loss, 12 pounds in 2 weeks, no appetite what could be wrong?

There are too: Many possibilities to figure it out on the internet; check w/ your doctor soon. ...Read more

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What illness would cause slight weight loss despite a good appetite, and constant epigastric discomfort?

What illness would cause slight weight loss despite a good appetite, and constant epigastric discomfort?

Many things;some bad: This is a question that really demands you see your dr.
One thing that causes weight loss and epigastric discomfort is disease in the pancreas-and that can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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How serious is colitis in a man if pain is becoming more and more unbearable as each day goes by no appetite, diaherria getting worse, immense uncomfortability, massive weight loss

How serious is colitis in a man if pain is becoming more and more unbearable as each day goes by no appetite, diaherria getting worse, immense uncomfortability, massive weight loss

Yes,: Yes, this problem is quite serious with progressive abdominal pain and weight loss. Toxic megacolon is a potential complication that can be fatal, if not treated. You need to seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Adderal ADHD medication, weight loss, appetite, what to do?

Adderal ADHD medication, weight loss, appetite, what to do?

Talk with your: Prescribing medical provider if you have excessive weight loss on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) - it might not be the best medication option for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Does dcm cause weight loss and loss of appetite? If so, why?

It can: The medical term is "cardiac cachexia" - in the advanced stages, people may feel too ill and short of breath to want to eat. Weight loss follows. ...Read more

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Should I experience weight loss, a since of fullness, and loss of appetite while having mono?

Should I experience weight loss, a since of fullness, and loss of appetite while having mono?

Yes.: Mono is often accompanied by inflammation of the liver and enlargement of the spleen, these combine to give you a feeling of being full very quickly, and to dec your appetite. Your liver functions should be periodically checked by your doctor to make sure all returns to normal, and to let you know when you are safe to resume normal activities such as contact sports and alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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Can me as in (me/cfs) cause wight loss 2 pt of anorexia, not anorexia nervosa, just that much weight loss, no appetite?

Can me as in (me/cfs) cause wight loss 2 pt of anorexia, not anorexia nervosa, just that much weight loss, no appetite?

Yes: Any chronic illness that affects appetite or metabolic rate can cause weight loss. The word "anorexia" just means loss of appetite, in medical-speak, it is not necessarily referring to anorexia nervosa. ...Read more

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Are acai berry supplements effective for appetite suppression and weight loss?

Are acai berry supplements effective for appetite suppression and weight loss?

Simple answer: NO!: Don't believe all the hype about acai. All the same crazy claims were also made for hoodia, chromium, products claimed to block cortisol and a bunch of other things. If you are trying to lose some weight, keep a diet log, cut way back on potatoes, bread (of all kinds), pasta, cereal, and rice and get more exercise. Then give it some time. Don't waste your $ on these supplements. ...Read more

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Are there vitamins and minerals that aid in weight loss or appetite suppression?

Are there vitamins and minerals that aid in weight loss or appetite suppression?

No, but take vitamin: There is not a vitamin nor mineral that helps one lose weight, but a person on a weight-loss diet should take one daily over-the-counter "multi-vitamin & minerals", in case his diet is low on a vitamin. Successful weight loss comes from a permanent change in lifestyle and eating habits. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body will burn the stored fuel (his fat). ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Besides HIV what other diseases can cause weight loss and less appetite?

Too many: Possibilities here. More information required. Weight loss, loss of appetite is not the least bit specific. ...Read more

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Severe appetite loss during chemotherapy and therefore weight loss. 1 stonne lost in 6 weeks. What can be taken to increase appetite or put on weight?

Severe appetite loss during chemotherapy and therefore weight loss. 1 stonne lost in 6 weeks. What can be taken to increase appetite or put on weight?

Medical Marijuana: Discuss this w/ your oncologist. It is a common side effect and they'll have possible remedies for your specific chemo that will be safe for you. It's a reason we are seeing more States allow pot for this purpose. It often works very well. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Does smoking cause reduced appetite and weight loss?

Does smoking cause reduced appetite and weight loss?

Smoking is bad: Smoking by itself can reduce appetite which is why people can gain weight when they stop. However, the loss of weight and appetite can also be of more serious concern in those who have smoked for a while. This is something you should go over with a doctor. Loss of weight in an adult is something of concern if not from active dieting. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I take appetite suppressants or weight loss shakes while breastfeeding?

Weight Loss: I do not think it is wise to do either while you are nursing. The act of nursing itself causes some weight loss, but to give your child all the nutrition it needs takes a lot of calories and energy. You can not do this while suppressing your appetite. ...Read more

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I'm having abdominal pains, extreme loss of appetite, and extreme unintentional weight loss), what should I expect?

GO SEE A DOCTOR: What you're describing does not belong in an online medical chat, but in a clinic with a doctor and diagnostic labs and imaging! ...Read more

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Can a hormone imbalance cause weight loss and appetite loss?

Weight loss: There are many causes of weight and appetite loss. Do you really know that you have hormone imbalance? You should see your doctor soon and together work out the likely causes of weight and appetite loss. Only then can appropriate management be started. ...Read more

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Can water parasites make you lose weight and cause a loss of appetite?

Can water parasites make you lose weight and cause a loss of appetite?

Yes, in children: Giardiasis is a great example of this. It is generally a self-limited infection in adults, and rare instance of peristent infection can be easily treated with some antibiotic such as Metronidazole etc. But is young children, this bug can attach to the lining of small intestines causing malabsorption, disaccharidase deficiency, wt loss, and growth retardation etc. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could cause weight loss but normal/good appetite besides hyperthyroid in a young patient?

What could cause weight loss but normal/good appetite besides hyperthyroid in a young patient?

A few things: Age is a factor here. A young person going thru a growth spurt would have increased caloric needs and if these were not met, weight could be lost. On the other hand, if a person increased their activity level this would also increase caloric needs. This again would lead to weight loss if the the new caloric needs were not met. In both cases a person's appetite may increase or stay normal. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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