Several drugs belonging to the class of phenethylamine and having similarities to amphetamine in pharmacology are used as effective medications for weight loss. They are also used as an approved appetite suppressants in the medical field to help obese people reduce weight, especially when they are combined with dieting, exercise, and behavioural modification. Still, they have to be used only for short periods. They are mainly prescribed for those patients facing higher medical risks due to overweight conditions but only by a qualified physician. The physician would study the present health condition of the patient before prescribing them. However, there are quite a few side effects with weight loss medications that you should be aware of before taking them. The fact is that the exact side effects of fat loss medications have not been accurately determined, since it has been around only in recent times. Adequate studies have not been conducted to arrive at conclusive decisions on their side effects.
Benefits of Weight Reduction Medications
Weight reduction medications work very well as a suppressant of appetite by making you feel full after meals for longer periods of time. Hence, people, especially the overweight and obese patients, tend to cut down on their normal food intake every day. This automatically leads to weight loss. Fat loss medications possess relative tolerance levels in most people. However, weight reduction medications should be strictly short-term medications for just a few months to be effective.
Side Effects of Weight Reduction Medications
Most of the side effects of weight loss medications are short term but some of them could have long term effects. The most important side effect of fat loss medications is their ability to increase blood pressure levels, thereby increasing the heart rate in you. Further, these medications stimulate your nervous system, making the brain assume that you are fully eaten. Still, they work in the same manner as other amphetamines. If you are already suffering from any type of cardiovascular problem when you approach your physician for weight loss, you should inform the doctor about your present condition, so that the doctor could avoid the prescription of certain fat loss medications to you.
The other less common side effects of weight loss medications but which could be more severe are
• Convulsions or seizures
• Bizarre behaviour
• Aggression or extreme agitation
• Sudden mood or mental changes
• Increased blood pressure
• Irregular or fast heartbeat
• Alternating periods of depression and mania
• Tremors, shaking, or trembling
• Headache, fainting, or light-headedness
Several other side effects area also possible with weight loss medications and hence, they should be taken only on the prescription of a doctor.