If within those three months, you’ve lost weight with no side effects, there may be some types that you can be put on indefinitely. But, under strict medical supervision. The risks are very minimal and the chances of appetite suppressants causing liver damage are incredibly low.
However, it is always necessary to consult with a doctor, especially in the event of jaundice or any sign of liver damage.
Can they manage obesity?
Appetite suppressants can definitely manage obesity.
Since they’ve been approved, healthcare providers prescribe these to people with:
- a body mass index (BMI) higher than 27
- Type 2 diabetes
- a history of high blood pressure
Science shows us that it’s effective in reducing appetite and making it less likely for someone to be on a caloric surplus by reducing food intake.
Ongoing clinical trials have also shown that they are effective over long periods to help pre-empt weight regain.
Are there risks involved?
This treatment might not be good for those on anti-anxiety or antidepressant drugs because of potential interactions.
Appetite suppressants could also be unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. They may also worsen certain health conditions for those with a history of heart or liver diseases.
Like most treatments, there are possible side effects. It’s best for you to discuss the side effects to expect and the risks involved with your doctor since these vary from person to person. Some common side effects are constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, headaches, and sleep problems.
In general, it’s important to follow the advice of a healthcare professional when it comes to weight management. Whether it’s a doctor or a nurse or a nutritionist, make sure to share current medication and your other concerns. Only buy your medication from reputable pharmacies or distributors approved by your doctor.
It’s important to remember that weight management medication is meant to support and jumpstart your journey to a healthier lifestyle. These are not meant to be a pass or excuse unhealthy habits.
In the end, the most sustainable treatment for any weight management issues comes from within and these medications are merely tools to help you along the way.
Learn more about preventing and managing obesity here.