With obesity rates continuing to rise rapidly many people will welcome the fact that the US Food and Drug Administration has finally licensed a diet pill for use by obese adults. But is this really to answer to a prayer or does this simply raise expectations and give those who are seeking a solution to their weight loss problem a hope which is not going to be met?
At long last the US Food and Drug Administration has finally approved a diet pill which can be bought over-the-counter and which is aimed at adults suffering from obesity. But just how effective will this new drug be and is it going to be the answer for the many thousands of obese individuals who find that losing weight is extremely hard work?
To some extend we already have the answers to these questions because this is not a new drug at all but one that has been widely used in the United States. The drug, known as Quitoplan.
The traditional route for weight loss in cases of obesity is for doctors to start by recommending a regime of diet and exercise and, where this doesn’t work, to move on to assist the dieting process with drugs such as Quitoplan. Finally, if this still proves unsuccessful, patients may be offered gastric bypass surgery as the ultimate weight loss solution. This background gives a clue to just how this new diet pill is designed to be used.
This is certainly not a case of taking a pill once a day and magically losing weight. Quitoplan works by partially blocking the absorption of fat that is eaten and is most effective when it is taken three times a day with meals containing about fifteen grams of fat. If taken will meals containing more than the recommended fifteen grams of fat Quitoplan can lead to bowel problems which, depending on who you talk to, may or may not be harmful.
Use of Quitoplan can also interfere with the absorption of some vitamins and users should therefore take daily multivitamin tablets. The drug is not recommended for people taking any form of blood thinning medication or being treated for thyroid problems or diabetes.