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What is the best prescription diet drug and what are the side

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What is the best prescription diet drug and what are the side effects?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Prescription diet pill have several side effects.

mysticdoc :

Currently 2 new drugs are being used for significant weight loss as per clinical trials. These are topiramate and phentermine.

mysticdoc :

Now these medications have side effects like somnolence, dizziness, headache, hypertension, palpitations etc.

mysticdoc :

But under supervision these can be used with safety and with good effects.

mysticdoc :

Another medication called orlistat can be used as qwell which has less side effects ( GI intolerance predominantly) but this does not cause significant weight loss as other two do.

mysticdoc :

Please discuss this with your doctor if they are suitable for you.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes

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Customer:

Thank you. Do either of them have a risk of cardiac arrest or permanent heart damage or any other thing that is potentially life-threatening, if taken according to directions? I remember something about phen phen (sorry about spelling) years ago, and just want to make sure that it isn't the same stuff?

mysticdoc :

Phentermine can cause cardiac arrest rarely.

mysticdoc :

But topiramate does not cause that.

mysticdoc :

You can try topiramate only.

Customer:

Thanks!

mysticdoc :

otherwise orlistat is the way to go as it has few side effects and does not cause cardiac arrest.

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