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Medications for Obesity

Other names: Overweight; Weight Gain

What is Obesity: More than half of the U.S. population is overweight. But being obese is different from being overweight. An individual is considered obese when weight is 20% (25% in women) or more over the maximum desirable for their height. When an adult is more than 100… Read more

Compare drugs associated with Obesity

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
phentermine Rx X 4 X 404 reviews
8.0

Generic name: phentermine systemic

Brand names:  Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, Zantryl, T-Diet, Atti-Plex P, Lomaira, Oby-Cap, Phentercot, Phentride, Pro-Fast SA, Suprenza

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
topiramate Off Label Rx D N X 122 reviews
7.0

Generic name: topiramate systemic

Brand names:  Topamax, Topamax Sprinkle, Topiragen

Drug class: carbonic anhydrase inhibitor anticonvulsants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
phendimetrazine Rx C 3 X 130 reviews
8.0

Generic name: phendimetrazine systemic

Brand names:  Bontril Slow Release, Bontril PDM, Adipost, Phendiet, Prelu-2, Melfiat, Obezine, Phendiet-105, Prelu-2 TR

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
orlistat Rx/OTC X N 200 reviews
7.0

Generic name: orlistat systemic

Brand names:  Alli, Xenical

Drug class: peripherally acting antiobesity agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
bupropion Off Label Rx C N X 7 reviews
8.0

Generic name: bupropion systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous antidepressants, smoking cessation agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
diethylpropion Rx B 4 X 113 reviews
9.0

Generic name: diethylpropion systemic

Brand names:  Tenuate, Tenuate Dospan, Tepanil

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
methamphetamine Rx C 2 X 3 reviews
9.0

Generic name: methamphetamine systemic

Brand name:  Desoxyn

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
lorcaserin Rx X 4 256 reviews
8.0

Generic name: lorcaserin systemic

Brand names:  Belviq, Belviq XR

Drug class: anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

 
chorionic gonadotropin (hcg) Off Label Rx X N 10 reviews
6.0

Generic name: chorionic gonadotropin (hcg) systemic

Brand names:  HCG, Pregnyl

Drug class: gonadotropins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Natural Product Monographs, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
methylphenidate Off Label Rx C 2 X 1 review
6.0

Generic name: methylphenidate systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
amphetamine Rx C 2 X Add review Add

Generic name: amphetamine systemic

Brand name:  Evekeo

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
benzphetamine Rx X 3 X 13 reviews
7.0

Generic name: benzphetamine systemic

Brand names:  Didrex, Recede, Regimex

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
phentermine / topiramate Rx X 4 X 151 reviews
7.0

Generic name: phentermine / topiramate systemic

Brand name:  Qsymia

Drug class: anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
bupropion / naltrexone Rx X N X 839 reviews
7.0

Generic name: bupropion / naltrexone systemic

Brand name:  Contrave

Drug class: anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
cimetidine Off Label Rx/OTC B N X Add review Add

Generic name: cimetidine systemic

Brand names:  Tagamet, Tagamet HB, Equaline Acid Reducer

Drug class: H2 antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
desvenlafaxine Off Label Rx C N X 4 reviews
6.0

Generic name: desvenlafaxine systemic

Drug class: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
liraglutide Rx C N X 346 reviews
7.0

Generic name: liraglutide systemic

Brand name:  Saxenda

Drug class: incretin mimetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 

Alternative treatments for Obesity

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Obesity. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Obesity.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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