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PostSubject: Will My GP Prescribe Diet Pills   Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:23 pm



The consensus of opinion between GP's on the subject of diet pills is relatively equally split. Some GP's are keen advocates of the diet pill and prescribe to patients who they consider are a suitable candidate, whilst others prefer the natural approach and advise a diet plan or a change of eating habits and will not prescribe unless it is a last resort.

The prescription diet pill is a world apart from the natural or herbal diet products that are found on the shelves of supermarkets, health stores and the internet. Prescription diet pills are usually pharmaceutical grade drugs and contain manufactured chemicals that are often prone to causing side effects.

Prescription diet pills are not available simply on request, your GP will assess your life style and dietary habits and then measure your Body Mass Index (BMI) to calculate how close you are to the obesity category. If you measure over 30 on the Body Mass Index you may be a candidate for a course of diet drugs if your GP is an advocate.

Your GP will not prescribe lightly, he or she will highlight the possible and potential dangers involved and tell you to pause the course if any ill effect is experienced.

The most likely diet pills that a GP will prescribe are Xenical, Meridia, Reductil and Phentermine. Prior to October 2008 another product, Acomplia would have been added to this list but safety concerns have forced the removal from the circuit.

Of the four most common prescription diet drugs Xenical is by far the most likely to be prescribed, a GP is ten times more likely to advise Xenical than all of the others combined.

Xenical is the brand name or Orlistat. Orlistat is a powerful fat blocker that can prevent up to a third of dietary fat from food consumed from being absorbed and digested by the stomach. The undigested fat can then pass through the body via bowel movements.

Xenical is considered to be one of the safest prescribed slimming drugs but can produce a wide range of potential effects ranging from the minor irritant to the more severe.

It is absolutely vital that a diet pill that is meant only to be obtained via prescription is not purchased from the internet. Although slimming drugs such as Xenical are classed as prescription only they can easily be obtained from the black market via the web.

If by now you think may be a suitable candidate and are about to make an appointment to visit your GP to discuss concerns you may have about your weight, ensure that you understand the potential risks.

Prior to any GP visit or consultation it is highly advised to come prepared with details of your current dietary habits and any present or future exercise plans.

It is highly unlikely that your GP will prescribe anything unless you can prove to him or her that you are not going to rely on the prescription diet pill for your weight loss without making a concerted effort to change your eating habits and embark on some sort of fitness regime.
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