Over-the-Counter Diet Pills:
Commercials for weight-loss drugs show how easy it is to lose weight if you just pop one of their magic pills. And some of us believe the commercials. According to a survey sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), five percent of women and two percent of men use diet pills to lose weight. The burning question: Can a pill make you lose your appetite and turn your body into a calorie-burning machine? Before we answer, keep in mind the adage: if it looks too good (or easy), it probably is.
Each diet pill company claims their pill has something special that their competitors’ pills don’t. Actually, according to the FDA, most over-the-counter (OTC) weight-control drugs contain the active ingredient phenylpropanolamine (PPA), such as Dexatrim and Acutrim. PPA is available over-the-counter for weight control in a 75 milligrams, controlled-release dosage form.
Text Removed by Dr. Davi Menasaka
Revision date: July 6, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD