The Possible Dangers of Weight Loss Drugs

Have you ever considered using drugs to help you lose weight? Orlistat, also known as "Xenical" or "Alli," happens to be one of the most popular weight loss drugs on the market. First approved in 1999 as a prescription weight loss drug and later in 2007 as an approved over-the-counter drug, Orlistat works by inhibiting fat absorption into your intestines. However, Professor Bingfang Yan conducted a study that suggests that the drug is actually absorbed by the body rather than staying isolated in the intestines. If you've taken Orlistat or are contemplating using it, please read on.

Harms of Orlistat

In the past, Orlistat has been reported to cause a range of problems such as:

  • Cramping
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Anal Leakage

Professor Yan has since provided research showing that Orlistat (even at low doses) places a detoxification enzyme in the liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal track. Once this occurs, it could lead to dangerous toxicity of internal organs, like the liver and kidney. In 2010, the FDA required both Xenical and Alli to have warning labels identifying the possibility of severe liver injury.

Troubles of Other Weight Loss Drugs

Throughout the years, many other weight loss drugs have proven to be toxic and dangerous. For example, Meridia was taken off the market in 2010 after studies showed that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. Qsymia, a combination of two FDA-approved drugs, was shown to rapidly increase heart rate and cannot be given to anyone with glaucoma or hyperthyroidism. Belviq could cause harmful side effects, including serotonin syndrome and should not be used during pregnancy.

Lose Weight the Healthy Way

If you take weight loss pills, please understand that you are putting yourself at risk. Especially for anyone who has another disease as the side affects could be dangerous. If you're concerned about losing weight, do it the smart and healthy way, by dieting and exercising.