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Diet Pills that Work - Polk Health for a New You Polk Health for a New You

Polk Health investigates the how, the why and the what of the phenomenon that is called dieting today. We also take a look at some worthy pill recommendations, ranging from the old down to the just-released.

The pharmaceutical industry is one that is ever-changing, always pushing boundaries, and all the time downright controversial. Since time immemorial, researches and releases of medicinal drugs has been one of the continuing lifeline supports to vanquish extinction, to relieve illnesses, to stop them from spreading, to living a purposeful life, and to live healthier altogether.

But with that premise comes the dark part of the pharmaceutical industry: the business part. For a pharmaceutical company to keep afloat it needs billions of funding for research and development – which consequently means sales should also be kept at the maximum.

One of the areas of the pharmaceutical industry that is in constant turmoil is the fitness wing. The paradigm shift towards fitness started way back on the 80’s with aerobics spearheading the movement. Remember those neon tights? Yes, they happened.

The first medical drugs that were touted as the world’s first foray into what has been called today as dieting pills are amphetamines. But amphetamines weren’t marketed as diet pills, they were only appetite suppressants. There was also a commotion in the 1930’s when the  chemical dinitrophenol was excessively studied to enhance metabolism, and the bandwagon of diet pills added the chemical compound in their formulation. However, overdosage of the chemical induced fevers, which led to certain deaths.

Fast forward to the early 19th century when all the rage was slimming pills. This time around, there were a plethora of weight-reducing pills present in the market, but many are obscured, branded as supplements only, and black market staples. From here on out, the dieting pill industry have become a major business boom, and while there is a stringent regulation for the release of these drugs, modern trends see the “supplement” market as a lenient form of easy, painless marketing, sacrificing the ethical persona of a company.

What it is: Dexatrim is the first foray of Sanofi Adventis in dieting pills.

How does it work: It controls appetite. It enhances weight loss. And it can burn fats.

Does it work: 75% of takers claimed that they were satisfied with their personal results.

More information: Dexatrim is still present today in three available formulations:Dexatrim Max Complex 7, Dexatrim Max Daytime Appetite Control,and Dexatrim natural.

What it is: Xenical may arguably the most ubiquituous diet pill to ever grace the Earth. It’s from Roche.

How does it work: It is an anti-obesity drug.

Does it work: Modestly. Recent studies conclude that Orlistat is only effective with controlled caloric intake.

More information: Orlistat(the generic name for Xenical) is notorious for  altering gastrointestinal bowels. It can be sold over-the-counter, and is distributed by GlaxoSmithKline.

What it is: Sibutramine was originally a treatment for obesity. It was developed by Knoll, but is marketed by Abbott laboratories nowadays.

How does it work: It is an oral anorexiant. It curbs the appetite, and together with proper diet and exercise, it results into weight loss of at least 50%.

Does it work: Yes, if you are morbidly obese.

More information: Sibutramine is commonly marketed in the name of Meridia, Sibutrex and Reductil.

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