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5 Diet Drugs: Which Ones Work?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Any of the prescription weight-loss drugs on the market can help obese people shed pounds, although some seem more effective than others, a new study finds. Currently, five drugs are approved in the United States for managing obesity. But little has been known about how they stack up against one another, said Dr. Siddharth Singh, the lead researcher on the new study. The findings – based on more than 29,000 people in total – show all five drugs can work. But people on certain drugs tended to be more successful, at least over one year. Specifically, people using Qsymia (phentermine-topiramate) or Victoza (liraglutide) had the highest odds of shedding at least 5 percent of their initial weight. Those taking Xenical (orlistat) had the lowest odds. However, there is no single drug that's "best" for everyone, stressed Singh, an assistant clinical professor at the ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Wellbutrin, Phentermine, Bupropion, Weight Loss, Contrave, Belviq, Wellbutrin XL, Victoza, Adipex-P, Wellbutrin SR, Qsymia, Xenical, Naltrexone, Orlistat, Saxenda, Alli, Zyban, Vivitrol, Liraglutide

3 in 10 Americans Have Drinking Problem at Some Point in Their Lives

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use disorders are among the most common mental health problems worldwide and result in disability, illness and death, researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said. "The problem of alcohol abuse is bigger than people thought," said NIAAA Director George Koob. "Alcohol disorders cost the United States $224 billion a year. "Seventy percent of Americans drink and most don't have a problem, but there is a significant group that do have a problem," he added. One of the biggest concerns, Koob said, is that less than 20 percent of those who have a drinking problem get help. Koob thinks people avoid treatment for a ... Read more

Related support groups: Contrave, Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Naltrexone, Campral, Vivitrol, Alcoholism, Hangover, Embeda, Revia, Acamprosate, Campral EC, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Bupropion/naltrexone, Morphine/naltrexone, Depade

Drug May Help Women Who Quit Smoking Avoid Weight Gain

Posted 27 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 27 – Taking a pill called naltrexone (ReVia) when they stop smoking could help women keep dreaded weight gain at bay, according to new research. Researchers analyzed two earlier studies that compared the quit rates and weight gain among heavy smokers who received either naltrexone – a drug used to treat addiction – or an inactive placebo, along with a nicotine patch and weekly counseling while trying to quit smoking. Although the groups taking naltrexone had higher quit rates at the end of four- and six-week treatment courses, participants who took the drug were no more likely to remain abstinent after 12 months. But women who took naltrexone gained significantly less weight six and 12 months after they quit smoking than women who received the placebo, according to the study, published in the December issue of Biological Psychiatry. However, this difference was not ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking Cessation, Naltrexone, Vivitrol, Revia, Depade

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