Weight loss drugs

Last updated on September 25th, 2018

To lose weight, overweight and obese people should change their daily diet and consume small amount of calories. Along with a low calorie diet, they should also increase their physical activity. However, if a patient is morbidly obese, he might need some weight loss medications.

Modern weight loss drugs differ by pharmacological properties, but all of them help to reduce the body weight and fight obesity. Here is the list of weight loss drugs, dietary supplements and means to lose weight, divided into categories, published in the journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition:

Proven as effective

  • Appetite suppressants
  • Food replacements
  • Thermogenics
  • Proteins
  • Yohimbine
  • Low calorie diet
  • Weight loss drugs:
  • Sibutramine (Meridia)
  •  Orlistat
  •  Metformin
  •  Rimonabant
  •  Topiramate
  •  Thyroxine
  •  Somatotropin
  •  Ephedrine
  •  Caffeine
  •  Aspirin
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Adrenergic agents
  • Dinitrophenol.

Possibly effective

  • Omega-3
  • Peptides
  • Fiber
  • L-Carnitine
  • Guggulsterone (guggul)
  • CLA
  • Calcium
  • Ginger.

Poorly studied

  • Betaine
  • Tyramine
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • 7-keto DHEA
  • DHEA
  • Raspberry ketones
  • Coleus Forskohlii
  • Gymnema Sylvestre
  • Herbal supplements.


  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • Phosphates
  • Chrome
  • Chromium Picolinate
  • Chitosan
  • Dietressa
  • Calcium pyruvate.



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