If you are struggling with obesity or weight loss, you may have considered taking an over-the-counter appetite suppressant to help you eat less and ultimately lose weight. Although these pills may sound too good to be true, it is important to do thorough research before you begin taking them. In fact, we suggest you speak with a medical professional before beginning any supplement, even if they claim to be all natural. Let’s take a closer look at what appetite suppressants are.

How Appetite Suppressants Work

Appetite Suppressants, also known as anorectics, are pills that  trick your brain into thinking you are full. They work in one of three ways:

  1. One type of appetite suppressant is a pill that is full of fiber. When taken, the pill fills up space in your stomach, which results in you feeling fuller faster.
  2. The second type of pill blocks the feeling of hunger by targeting the adrenal gland, inhibiting the brain from communicating hunger signals to the body.
  3. Appetite suppressants may also increase serotonin levels in the body, which is your body’s “feel good” hormone. This increase in serotonin tricks your brain into believing you are full.   

Are Over-the-Counter Appetite Suppressants Safe?

Unfortunately just because something is available in the store does not make it safe for consumption. We suggest always speaking with your doctor before beginning any supplement. Many of the over-the-counter appetite suppressants could result in side effects or react with other medications you are taking. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a rating on each ingredient based on safety. Be sure to do your homework and make sure you know exactly what you are putting into your body.

Are Over-the-Counter Appetite Suppressants Effective?

In most cases, there is little evidence that over-the-counter appetite suppressants are effective. Despite claims from the drug companies, it is best to do your own research and read testimonials from real customers prior to purchasing. Once again, be sure to talk with your doctor and get their opinion first and foremost.

Struggling with Weight Loss? We Can Help!

Total HealthcareMD is a medically supervised weight loss clinic that specializes in helping clients achieve their weight loss goals. When necessary, our highly trained medical providers may recommend the use of a prescription weight loss medication, such as an appetite suppressant. Interested in finding out more about weight loss in Cary? To learn more about our program or to speak with a representative about medical weight loss, schedule a free consultation today.