Patients at my practice in Sacramento achieve weight loss in many ways before coming in to body contouring surgeries. Some have lost weight with the help of prescription diet pills, such as Phentermine and Adipex. While these weight loss aids can be safe and effective when prescribed by a doctor and used correctly, they are not meant to be used for prolonged periods of time. Additionally, they can have negative consequences which include dependence and long-term health concerns.
Those who have used diet pills to jumpstart or maintain their weight loss appreciate the appetite-suppressing and energy-boosting effects they provide. But when not taking diet pills, many people report a recurrence of appetite and a draining loss of energy.
If not prescribed and administered under the close supervision of a qualified doctor, diet pills can become addicting. Even over-the-counter diet pills have their fair share of problems. For starters, many of these pills are ineffective. Worse, these pills may cause negative interactions between medications being taken to control diabetes, blood pressure or other diseases.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Internet Pharmacy Task Force identifies and monitors websites which sell drugs illegally to US consumers. One of the FDA’s goals is to control the number of instances in which unauthorized sales of diet pills are completed without a valid, doctor-authorized prescription.
In certain circumstances, diet pills may have a place in a more complete weight loss plan. I take an interest in educating my patients about all of the weight loss options available to them, because a patient who is healthy going into post weight loss plastic surgery is much more likely to have a positive outcome and experience.