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Weight loss drugs ( anti-obesity medication ) are medicines (diet pills) which reduce weight or helps to control weight. Weight loss drugs simply alters one of the main processes of the human body weight regulation like suppressing appetite or increase metabolism or absorption of calories.

Basically weight loss drugs are divided into two parts, prescription drugs which are given under doctor supervision and over-the-counter medication which can be taken under doctor supervision. U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a reputed governing body which supervises and approved weight loss drugs for selling in the market.

Weight loss drugs or anti-obesity medication work through following mechanisms:

  • Appetite Suppression.
  • Increament in body metabolism.
  • Changes in the body's ability to absorb specific nutrients in food.

Apart from controlling weight , weight loss drugs also have severe or life-threatening side effects. Weight loss medications are best suited for those with BMIs of 27 or greater, when there is at least one other risk factor (such as diabetes or high cholesterol) present, or in patients with no other risk factors who have BMIs of 30 or greater. However these guidelines are not absolute. Physicians may avoid using certain prescription diet pills in patients with hypertension, cardiac disease, hyperthyroidism or glaucoma – as well as in those with a history of drug abuse.

Some of the weight loss drugs and diet pills are:

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