Weight Loss Medication

Weight loss medications can either be prescribed by a physician or purchased over-the-counter without a prescription.

Two prescription weight loss drugs are Xenical (which prevents fat absorption into the body) and Meridia (which creates the feeling of fullness). Weight loss drugs do not always work and certain medications have negative side effects such as heart valve malfunction.

Some over-the-counter weight loss medications include shellfish-derived Chitosan (said to prevent fat absorption), plant-extracted Hydroxycitric acid or Garcinia (said to block sugar to fat conversion and reduce the appetite) and naturally occurring Pyruvate (said to burn fat and transport glucose to muscles).

Researches have found that certain medications embellish or falsely advertise their fat-burning capacities. Consult a doctor before taking any form of weight loss medication such as an over-the-counter diet pill.