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What pills help with fast weight loss?

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You can achieve weight loss by using FDA-approved pills with the right prescription from a professional practitioner. Some common pills that have been shown to be effective in fast weight loss include phentermine, Qsymia, Contrave, hoodia, Alli (also known as Xenical or orlistat), Belviq, chitosan chromium pills and green tea extract, according to Mayo Clinic and WebMD.

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The majority of weight loss pills work by suppressing your appetite, hence weight loss. Examples in this category include Belviq, phentermine, hoodia and Qsymia. Eating less and exercising more result in weight loss. Contrave is a combination of bupropion and naltrexone, both of which are FDA-approved. According to WebMD.com, Contrave users should stop taking the pills if they do not realize at least a 5 percent decrease in their weight after three months.

According to Mayo Clinic, orlistat and chitosan reduce the body’s absorption of total fat intake by up to 30 percent, effectively reducing the amount of stored body fat. Besides curbing appetite, chromium and green tea extracts enhance calories and fat metabolism respectively.

Weight loss pills are associated with certain side effects such as nausea, stomach upset and addiction, according to WebMD. Talk with your primary health care provider before opting for any of the weight loss pills.

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