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The prescription weight loss drug market consists of two main categories-appetite suppressants and fat absorption inhibitors.



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by Patrick Austin

Prescription Weight Loss Drug Information

Are you thinking about asking for a prescription weight loss drug? If you are, here is some important information you should take a look at before heading to your physician for a prescription.

The prescription weight loss drug market consists of two main categories--appetite suppressants and fat absorption inhibitors. The appetite suppressant drugs have been on the market for many years and have proven to be successful in most cases. The drawback to appetite suppressants is that once you go off them, you could potentially revert back to your old eating habits and regain all of the weight you lost while on the drug.

The fast absorption inhibitors are newer, but have been getting a lot of buzz with the prescription weight loss drug industry.

Here is information on both:

Appetite Suppressants

Appetite suppressants are a prescription weight loss drug that trick the body into believing that it's not hungry or that it's full. They decrease appetite by increasing serotonin or catecholamine -- two brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite.

There are several types appetite suppressants available:

Phentermine is an appetite suppressant which works by tricking the brain into thinking you're not hungry. It disrupts the transmission of signals from the neurotransmitters in your brain. The result is you don't feel hungry, you feel full and eat less. Phentermine is the most popular prescription weight loss drug on the market today. It’s sold under numerous brand names like Adipex, Phentermine HCL, and Ionamin.

Meridia is the brand name for sibutramine, which is a neurotransmitter reuptake inhibitor. That means it suppresses appetite by inhibiting the reuptake of certain hormones. Therefore, it helps to increase the levels of these hormones that control appetite and hunger in the brain.

Bontril, Didrex and Tenuate are known as anorectic drugs. They stimulate the central nervous system, increasing heart rate and blood pressure and decreasing your appetite. These drugs are used for short-term obesity treatment and should be combined with a reduced calorie diet and exercise program.

Fat-Absorption Inhibitors

Fat-absorption inhibitors, or "fat blockers", work by preventing your body from breaking down and absorbing fat eaten within your meals. This unabsorbed fat is eliminated by bowel movements.

Xenical is the only example of this type of treatment approved for use in the United States. Xenical works by blocking about thirty percent of dietary fat from being absorbed, and is the most recently approved weight loss drug. If the results turn out to be positive, expect many more fat-absorption inhibitors to flood the market.

If you would like to purchase a prescription weight loss drug online, here are some good web sites:

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports and health for a number of web sites including,, and He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

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