New Anti-Obesity Drug Approved by the FDA

New Anti-Obesity Drug Approved by the FDA

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Dec 9, 2014, at 9:49 pm

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OBESITY HAS TAKEN AMERICA BY STORM. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of Americans suffer from obesity, a costly, dangerous disease. Obesity is related to many other serious diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. This obesity epidemic continues to spread, affecting millions of Americans. As we attempt to fight obesity, many Americans turn to medications and dietary supplements for help.

According to HuffingtonPost.com, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first weight prescription weight loss medication, Belviq in 2012. In addition, there are countless varieties of unregulated dietary supplements for weight loss which are taken by an estimated 15 percent of the U.S population according to the National Institutes of Health website. These dietary supplements come in an assortment of forms like tablets, bars and powders, and encompass different chemical makeups, producing a range of effectiveness and drug interactions. So what do these supplements actually do?

The typical weight loss product claims their blend of ingredients, usually an assortment of botanicals and minerals, reduces the absorption of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. This will aid in losing weight through quickened metabolism, thermogenesis and suppressing appetite. Sounds easy, right?

Unfortunately, because these supplements are not considered over-the-counter drugs, they are not regulated or approved by the FDA. The supplement manufacturers themselves are responsible for determining the labeling and are not required to seek FDA approval for the product or prove their claims. This triggers concern considering the effects of their unregulated ingredients, which can potentially cause harm or drug interactions. Therefore the search for a weight loss medication continues.

Recently, the FDA approved a new anti-obesity drug, Contrave, after long review and research. Contrave differs from other weight loss drugs because it targets the addictiveness and self-reward associated with eating. This new weight loss drug has seen success in trials, and the FDA approval of the drug may represent an important step in fighting obesity.

There are drawbacks, however. Most insurance does not cover anti-obesity drugs, which make them costly. Additionally, side effects, like nausea, constipation or headache can be experienced. As always, it is crucial to consider all options regarding weight loss with your doctor.

There are several types of weight loss drugs and supplements on the market, all designed for effective weight loss. These aren’t for everyone, and most are designed to work with a low-calorie diet and increased physical activity. Living a healthy lifestyle, including eating a reasonable diet and getting enough physical activity is the most effective way for weight loss. With FDA-approved drugs, like Contrave, however, the weight loss journey can become easier for some.

Share your weight loss success by commenting below! What’s your favorite method of physical activity that has helped you lose weight?

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@advmedcert.com
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