Are Diet Pills Really Safe?

Diet Pills are like those easy diets, which promise easy, fast and effortless weight loss. These weight loss pills block the absorption of the fat that is not supposed to be eaten in the first place. Our body is a lot more sophisticated than we give it credit for. We often think we can tinker with our body’s natural working functions, but fail to understand the long-term consequences on our health. How many prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs have been recalled or questioned after more people have used them and have exhibited more health problems.

Alli and Meridia are FDA-approved diet pills. Both have a long list of side effects. The popular over-the-counter Alli is sold everywhere. Its main side effects include unexpected urgent bowel movements, frequent bowel movements, oily stool, and oily rectal leakage. Wearing diapers is recommended while taking this drug. Other common side effects include, bladder pain, headache, body aches, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty, loss of appetite, change of voice, back pain, muscle aches, sore throat and insomnia.

Meridia appears to affect the nervous system, gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and more. Meridia causes headaches in over 30% of those who take this drug. Some common side effects include insomnia, dizziness, depression, anxiety, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation, nausea, dyspepsia, coughing, sinusitis and more.

Another Diet Pill Failed

A once promising weight-loss drug that produced encouraging results in animal studies has failed to deliver in a real-world trial of humans and will be shelved, the pharmaceutical firm Merck announced. The drug, known as MK-0557, was designed to focus on a “hunger-stimulating factor,” which has long been considered a potential target for anti-obesity therapy. And while the drug was well tolerated by the 832 obese people who finished the trial, they only lost an average of 7.5 pounds during the 12-month study, compared with people taking a placebo who lost an average of 4 pounds.

This is a bad news for Merck, but perhaps good news for people who need to lose weight. Who knows what serious side effects such a drug would have caused in long-term use. If it ends up taking your weight off, but causing serious illnesses, you are much better off losing weight the simple way. If the drug ends up giving someone a terminal illness, it does what it claims and some – it takes all your weight off.