Often times I get ask, should I take prescribed weight loss pills?

First of all, I want to make you aware of something. Successful weight loss does not come by taking prescribed weight loss pill.

There’s a lot more to successful weight loss than taking a pill.

Yes, prescribed weight loss pills can assist you by causing some appetite suppression, which could be helpful, especially at the early stages of your weight loss struggle, but these pills are not free of some nasty side effects.

I tried prescribed weight loss pills, a couple of times on my own weight loss struggle. The first time I took them, I gave them up within a couple of weeks.  The doctor gave me a prescription for the pills and out you go.  There was no support from the doctor and no follow up, she just told me to go back in a month for more.

The second time I try them, was at a weight loss clinic.  That was when I was at a 192 pounds and had no idea on how I was going to start losing the weight.

This time I took them for a few months, but soon realized that losing weight was not about taking pills, but was about changing my behavior around food.

What was my experience with these prescribed weight loss pills?

I took the prescribed appetite suppressant, and I can tell you that it helped me a little bit with controlling the amount of food I was eating at the time, but not completely.  At the end of the day, I had to fight to not fall into eating something unhealthy because I was so hungry.

If you think that you are going to take the prescribed appetite suppressant and that you are not going to feel hungry at all, and that you are not going to miss the food, you are up for a disappointment.

These pills do not work that way, yes they have a minimal effect on your appetite and also on your energy level, but they are not going to completely stop you from eating.  You have to make a conscious effort to stay away from unhealthy food.

When I was taking these prescribed appetite suppressant pills, they would control my appetite early during the day, but by the time the evening came around I was starving.  Often times I would end up overeating during the late hours of the day when the effect of the pills was gone.

So what type of things should you consider if you are planning to take a prescribed pill for weight loss?

  • There are some associated side effects with taking these pills for losing weight, some of them serious.  You could see increased blood pressure, irregular heart beat, chest pain, irritability, insomnia, severe headaches, and hallucinations within other things.
  • The pills are not going to control your appetite 100% of the time.
  • These diet pills can interact with other medications.
  • You could become psychologically dependent on these pills because they give you some energy.
  • You should not take these pills if you suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, mental illness, overactive thyroid, kidney disease or history of drug or alcohol abuse.

So to answer your question, should you take prescribed weight loss pills?  My recommendation is that you take into consideration and consider all the possible side effects of these pills vs the benefits.

If you still decide to take the pills, find a reputable weight loss clinic that will follow regularly with you, that monitors your health and your progress as you go along.

Be aware that successful weight loss is not about taking a pill, it’s about a change in your mind, your relationship with food and your lifestyle.    There is not a weight loss pill in the world that is going to give you that…

Dr. Mayra Alfonso

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