FDA approves 2 new diet pills - KMSP-TV

FDA approves 2 new diet pills

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For the first time in over a decade, the FDA has approved two new diet pills.

FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou says the first drug, Qsymia saw patients lose 6.7-8.9 percent of their body weight, while the second, Belviq, saw a 3-3.7 percent loss.

These drugs can be beneficial for some, but they are by no means a magic bullet – many require the patient to be on a low-calorie diet in order to see any results. Not to mention, there's a host of side-effects, including risk of abuse and addiction and health complications.

Qsymia uses an appetite suppressant and an anti-seizure drug that diminishes the desire for food.

Belviq works in the brain to control neurotransmitter serotonin that helps them feel full.

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