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New Weight Loss Pill Approved

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new anti-obesity medication. It's the first prescription drug for long term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in more than a decade.

The U.S. Obesity rates for adults have reached 35 percent. The New drug called Belviq showed modest weight loss among thousands of patients in recent studies. It's side effects included memory loss, depression, and migraines. But it did not have the digestive issues seen with Xenical the other long term weight loss pill on the market. It was not linked to heart trouble like Fen-phen which was pulled in 1997.

People we talked to had mixed reaction. Sherry Bar hart says "I don't believe in obesity pills.", while her husband Jim says "I need to eat better and exercise better." But Jean Priddy said she would try it and she's not worried about the side effects .

According to researchers Belviq works by activating a receptor in the brain that helps you eat less and feel full. It's for adults with a Body Mass Index greater than 30, or those with a B-M-I of 27 but with a medical condition like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol.

Dr. Mike Cirigliano is skeptical.

"You don't really know a drugs potential for side effects and even benefits until its been used by hundreds of thousands of people," said Cirigliano.

 

Dr. Cirigliano would not give it to his patients and insteads recommends a lifestyle change of exercise and a good diet for long term weight loss and good health.

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