Why would anyone take medication to lose weight?
Obesity issues are more common as time goes by. And we're not just talking America and Germany, here – the problem seems to be a bit more widespread than that. However, not everyone manages to lose those extra pounds in a natural fashion – as in via exercise, dieting, etc. – so this article aims to inform those in need of medication in order to feel and look fitter – which is, in fact, the last resort solution in such a situation.
One such bit of medication is called rimonabant. It is a generic name for a number of brands, and one such obesity treatment is called Acomplia. It is manufactured by the Sanofi Aventis company.
What is obesity?
Obesity is a rather serious form of overweightness. Namely the condition is so severe that the weight itself causes the suffering person some health issues. It may also lead to a number of diseases – some of which, if not prevented, may even be fatal. Examples of diseases which may be caused by obesity are diabetes, high blood pressure, and (yes, even) cancer.
While obesity is unhealthy and dangerous on its own, a case of morbid obesity may be absolutely fatal. For the sake of obesity not turning into morbid obesity, it is very important for a person to take steps to lose weight. In fact, it is so vitally important that, when all conventional methods of weight loss fail, getting a person on medication which makes him or her lose weight by triggering certain chemical reactions within the body itself, is still a healthier solution than remaining the same size.
What are the causes of obesity?
There is a great many number of factors which may trigger obesity; and some of those are: genetic ones, hormonal problems, emotional problems, environmental issues, as well as an unhealthy lifestyle (as in no exercise, a junk food diet, etc.).
As it has been mentioned afore, the consequences can be dire, and that is why medication is not to be avoided if the situation calls for it – whether it be Acomplia or whichever other solution is available.
What medication is there available?
As of 28th June 2006, Acomplia has been approved for use in obese patients. Its active ingredient, rimonabant, is also a prescription drug used in treating obesity. The drug is recommended for patients with a BMI of 30+.
The risks of using this drug include getting type 2 diabetes or dyslipidaemia.
Asking one's doctor for other solutions and substitutes for Acomplia is recommended if the drug is not available, or unsuitable for the particular patient's needs.