FDA-Approved Pills to Speed Metabolism

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One of the key factors in any weight loss program is the ability to speed up your metabolism to help your body burn off calories easier and faster. There are many ways to help this process, including diet and exercise. For those who need additional help with their weight loss and metabolism, medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration is available. Before taking any diet pill, you should consult with your doctor to make sure you are getting the right one for you.


Alli is an over-the-counter weight loss pill which helps you lose weight by blocking some of the fat you eat and keeping it from being absorbed by the body. Because of this, your body will have more energy to burn calories and the fat that the drug does not block. This drug contains orlistat, which can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Side effects include oily discharge and oily and loose stools. It can also cause stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting


Xenical is the prescription form of orlistat. This drug works in much the same way as Alli, inhibiting fat from being absorbed by the body and helping the body burn fat and calories more efficiently. As with Alli, Xenical can cause an allergic reaction.


Adipex-P is a prescription drug to be used as a short-term appetite suppressant with a regimen of diet and exercise. Its helps to jump-start the dieting process and help the body begin to burn calories almost immediately upon beginning a diet. This drug should be used only in the short term, because the body quickly becomes accustomed to it. Increasing the dosage to get the same effect will only cause serious side effects, like dizziness, dry mouth, impotence, changes in sex drive, or exaggerated feelings of depression or elation. Increased use may also cause you to become dependent on the drug.


Bontril, a prescription medicine, is also used in the treatment of obesity and works much like an amphetamine. The drug speeds up your heart and central nervous system, suppressing the appetite and increasing the metabolic rate. You should not take this medication if you have blood pressure issues or any blood or artery disease. Side effects of this drug may include restlessness, nervousness, headache, insomnia, hypertension, irregular heartbeat or hallucinations.


Meridia is a prescription drug that alters the chemicals in your body that are related to maintaining a healthy weight. It helps the brain think it has had enough to eat so a person will consume less. The less food that is ingested, the easier it is for the body to break it down and the faster it can do so. This drug can cause an irregular heartbeat, restlessness, insomnia and seizures.