Many nonprescription products for weight loss are available at
drugstores and supermarkets and over the Internet. Many of these have never
been proved effective. And those that are effective often come with warnings.
For example, many diet pills promote water loss from the body and may lead to
dehydration or loss of essential minerals.
Nonprescription appetite suppressants often work by making you less
Some people use water-loss pills (diuretics,
such as Aqua-Ban) to lose weight. But these pills only get rid of water
and do not reduce the amount of fat in your body. Using water-loss pills this
way is not recommended and can be dangerous.
A nonprescription-strength form of the drug orlistat is available, sold as Alli. It is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for weight loss. It blocks the body from absorbing some of the fat from foods you eat.
April 1, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Theresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
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