Do Diet Pills Work?


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Some diet pills have been shown to help in obesity treatment, combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Over-the-counter medicines are typically not very effective in weight loss. Some herbal remedies have shown slight weight loss results in studies, although many have harmful side effects.

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As of 2014, only two prescription drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for long-term weight loss, and only for those who are significantly obese. Sibutramine is a prescription medication that works by increasing metabolism and affecting serotonin. Orlistat has helped users achieve mild weight loss by blocking an enzyme that breaks down fat.

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