Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Obesity

About Obesity

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height.

Obesity occurs over time when you eat more calories than you use. The balance between calories-in and calories-out differs for each person. Factors that might affect your weight include your genetic makeup, overeating, eating high-fat foods, and not being physically active.

Being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and some cancers. If you are obese, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases. For example, that means losing 10 to 20 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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All Medications for Obesity

Stimulant

  • Desoxyn
    (Methamphetamine)
    Prescription only

    Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.

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Anticonvulsant

  • Lamictal
    (Lamotrigine)
    Prescription only

    Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is most useful for treating severe seizure disorders, and for bipolar disorder with more depression symptoms than manic symptoms. Just be careful to increase your dose slowly to avoid skin rash.Will Lamictal work for you?

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    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Chewable tablet
    • Dissolving tablet
  • Topamax
    (Topiramate)
    Prescription only

    Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is useful for preventing seizures and migraines, and doesn't require blood tests while you're on it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release capsule

Appetite suppressant

  • Phentermine
    Prescription only

    Adipex-P (Phentermine) can help you lose weight, but most insurance companies don't cover it, and you shouldn't use it long-term.

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    • Pill
    • Extended release capsule
    • Dissolving tablet
  • Anti-diabetic > Biguanide

    • Metformin
      Prescription only

      Glucophage (Metformin) is a very effective medicine to lower blood sugar and the risk of complications and death from diabetes, but it's likely to cause diarrhea for the first few weeks.

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      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid

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