Are Pills Beneficial for Fat Loss for Women?

Over the years, pharmaceutical companies and natural supplement manufacturers have developed different pills for fat loss for women and men. These so-called magic pills are expensive but do not usually work. Most of the pharmaceutical ones are associated with adverse side effects.

Even though most people are already aware that there are no shortcuts when it comes to fat loss for women and men, many are still enticed to take pills that are advertised either as anti-obesity, appetite suppressants, or fat burners. Here are examples of weight management pills developed by pharmaceutical companies over the years:


Orlistat is available over-the-counter as Alli or via prescription in the form of Xenical. According to tests, Orlistat, when combined with a low-calorie diet, can help you experience 8.4 percent weight loss in six months. Orlistat works by preventing your body from absorbing fat. Consuming a meal that contains fat while taking the pill causes excessive gas with discharge and oily spotting that can lead to gallstones, hepatitis, and kidney stones. Unpublished studies also warn that Orlistat can cause abnormal blood thinning and colon cancer.


Sibutramine, an appetite suppressant more popularly known under the brand name Meridia, is no longer available. This pill, which was originally developed as an antidepressant, was a serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor. When taken with a low-calorie diet, Sibutramine can help you lose almost 8 kilograms. However, it was also shown to cause hypertension and heighten the risk of heart attack.


The prescription diet pills fenfluramine and phentermine, collectively and infamously known as Fen-Phen, work by decreasing dopamine action so you will be less likely to eat highly palatable food. However, when a study revealed that 24 healthy women who took Fen-Phen for a year developed

valvular heart disease, the manufacturer was forced to recall the pills and pay billions in settlement costs.


Despite the failure of many weight management pills, pharmaceutical companies still continue developing them. One of the latest is called Qnexa, a combination of phentermine, an appetite suppressant, and topiramate, an anti-convulsant. Unpublished clinical data supposedly showed that Qnexa can help you lose about 10 percent of your body weight. The catch? There are concerns over the risk of increased heart rate and birth defects. Topiramate is associated with depression, fatigue, moodiness, and sleepiness. The babies of mothers who took topiramate have an increased risk of cleft palate. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected Qnexa in 2010 but there is a chance that it might get approval this year.

Two other pills, Arena and Contrave, are also seeking FDA approval. But the thing is, many pills hit the market before the results of safety studies come out. Avoid the lure of easy fat loss to prevent potential damage to your health. Stick to diet and exercise.

(Guest Post)