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Do over the counter weight loss supplement Pills work?

Do over the counter weight loss supplement Pills work?

There is always that thought at the back of our minds to buy over the counter weight loss supplements.   Granted the appeal to loss weight is very hard to resist, but do we know if they are safe?

The element of risk in the over the counter weight loss pills needs a closer look. There are a number of weight loss supplements pills which you can purchase at local drugstore, health food stores and supermarkets.  Unfortunately, most of them are not effective and some of them are even dangerous!

Currently, there are no stringent regulations to ensure thorough checks on weight loss supplements as there are for the prescription drugs.  Therefore, weight loss supplements can be sold with only a limited proof of its effectiveness or its safety.  However, that said its not all bad news as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps a close eye on these products.  The FDA have the power to take necessary action to ban or recall any dangerous products.   They have actually banned sale of supplements containing ephedra and other ephedrine-like ingredients.

Therefore, if you consider buying any over the counter weight loss supplements, you need to check:

  •     Read the labels & discuss the product with your doctor or your pharmacist.
  •     Check the FDA website for any issues, concerns, product recalls.

Here are examples of a couple of products of concern:

Product : Bitter Orange, Claims increases calories burned, Side Effects: Similar to ephedra: raised blood pressure and heart rate.

Product Chitosan, Claims: Blocks absorption of dietary fat, Side Effects; Uncommon: upset stomach, nausea, gas, increased stool bulk, constipation

 

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