Summer is here, and the ability to hide underneath layers of cloths is gone. The time of year where virtually everyone is trying to shed some pounds has arrived. The only way to loose those unwanted pounds is to diet and exercise. Period. However, there are some prescription weight loss options out there that may help you reach a healthy weight more quickly.

If you talk with your doctor and he or she deems it necessary to prescribe you a weight loss drug, it will more than likely be sibutramine or orlistat. Lets take a quick look at both drugs to give you an idea of how they work and what to expect.

Sibutramine is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, under brand name the brand name Meridia in the US. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that in one study showed in combination with lifestyle changes, a weight loss of 26.6 lbs compared to the drug (11 lbs) or lifestyle changes (14.8 lbs) alone.

Closely monitor your health and be on the look out for side effects if you are prescribed sibutramine. Recently the FDA noted concerns that sibutramine increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease. So if your family has a history of heart problems, you may want to ask your doctor about orlistat.

Orlistat which is commonly known by the brand name Xenical which is produced by Roche or over-the-counter as Alli by GlaxoSmithKline works by preventing the absorption of fats from your diet, which in turn reduces your caloric intake. Like other prescription weight loss aids, it is meant to be used in conjunction with a good diet and exercise.

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According to data from the clinical trials, people given orlistat in addition to lifestyle modifications, lose about 4.4 – 6.6 lb more than those not taking the drug over the course of a year. Orlistat also modestly reduces blood pressure, and appears to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, whether due to weight loss itself or to other effects. And although its results are not staggering, it has less harsh side effects.

Although the side effects of orlistat are not as harsh as sibutramine and the drug has shown to be safe for long term use, they are somewhat more embarrassing. Orlistat is notorious for its gastrointestinal side effects like oily, loose stools. The good news is the oily loose stools have shown to decrease over time.

Both prescription weight loss options have been shown and proven to aid weight loss, and may be something you should ask your doctor about if you are having trouble getting back to your healthy weight. If you already have a prescription for one of these weight loss drugs, buy it here safely, for much less.

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs. - Search. Compare. Save.

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  • My real question is, does it really matter what I take in as long as I stay under the calories I’m allotted? I really don’t feel like eating these high-density foods which is leaving me not able to eat.

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