FDA approves two weight loss drugs
Do they work and are they safe?
- Duration 3:15
- Date Jul 18, 2012
Do they work and are they safe?
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I mean after big health news potentially -- new way to lose weight that Food and Drug Administration approving a new weight loss drug.
Called the -- ceemea the second diet pill approved in less than a month just three weeks ago we got this drug called -- that that's approved for the very same -- says.
Officials are deciding on a third of medication so what are the the health risks these strikes and most importantly well maybe not most importantly -- most important for a lot of patients do they work doctor may -- -- if -- is with that's.
He's managing editor of Fox News health dot com.
What do you think about -- -- I think you look I know a lot about these drugs and and -- -- -- issue one.
You only get up at best an 8% weight reduction issued to do it works on 60% of the people not and everybody.
-- actually the combination of two drugs to open Max.
And have centered mean which is an amphetamine and has been around since the fifties.
-- his stick you at stimulant and epilepsy drug for their rights combined together and then dose of vacation.
-- gives you appetite suppression.
But you know four and 8% weight reduction it it's you know.
And you know the indications going to be you gonna be severely overweight and you have medical complications like diabetes and cardiovascular condition.
The potential side effects are significant in my opinion.
Let's go through a few of these in this Eminem are actual side effects of the drug has.
Has come out with others have decided -- -- regulators are still concerned about they're concerned about cardiovascular health -- -- -- heart rate of medical -- condition that could cause some people to go into a coma potentially kill that there's.
At kidney stone rested damage of -- at risk of birth defects a tingling in hands and feet dizziness insomnia.
You go case all of this to -- And you know especially -- -- for women you mention that birth defects if you take this drug you have to be on birth control.
OK because this is a very powerful medication for potential side effects we have to have the pregnancy test before you start on the medication and then you know monitor and be committed to be on -- If you are very hesitant about this that the government do -- -- for you.
-- weight reduction and the government Greenland green why did this since well one wonders well it well -- -- was made it okay.
Look I mean I don't wanna be a cynic you know -- if -- if that was a bill like that I would taken tomorrow I will look like you.
But unfortunately this side effects that that the prize that you paid and all the consequences.
It really doesn't make any sense now I I get -- this has been the first time that we have broken.
The code to find a pill in the last eleven years.
We have 13 of the -- to be an overweight I get the whole thing.
But in my -- -- and I know this has been approved and by the way this -- -- approved with a lot of conditions attached to this going to be studies about the cardiovascular effects.
And is going to be the studies on addiction because you know.
-- to mean as an amphetamine can be.
Habit forming so you know again are you gonna get stuck with the -- because you can bring to have so look it's approve its gonna be out there talk -- -- primary care doctor.
Who he better start reading and now.
On all the consequences of this.
I may have to take a -- to look like me you can just join me on the treadmill what he say how come I'm not -- busy drinking in my.
I'm home I -- and lawyer Ed if you know Eric I wanna know a little bit then -- -- that's very different from every time affect me I don't think about thank.