Another weight-loss drug

Looks like there’s another “promising” drug to help people lose weight:

The study involved over 3,000 patients. According to the report, Acomplia, combined with diet and exercise promotes modest but sustained reductions in weight and waist circumference. It also brings about improvements in cholesterol and triglyceride levels – apparently, twice that expected from weight loss alone.

After one year, 48% of the participants experienced a minimum weight loss of 5%. The amount of weight lost correlated with the dosage of the drug.

Acomplia (rimonabant) blocks canabinoid receptors which stimulate eating. That is why many people are hungry after consuming marijuana. The canabinoid receptors can be found in the brain and other body tissues.

There was a higher incidence of psychiatric disorders among the rimonabant users when compared to those who were on placebos.

If I sound skeptical, it’s because I am. I am not a fan of diet drugs, whether the manufacturers are respected pharmaceutical companies or quack scammers. They all amount to about the same thing (anyone remember phen/phen?). Until I actually see it in action, I will not believe that there’s a magic pill that can undo bad eating and exercise choices.


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