What drugs are approved for weight loss?
- Bupropion-naltrexone (Contrave)
- Liraglutide (Saxenda)
- Orlistat (Xenical, Alli)
- Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia)
- Semaglutide (Wegovy)
- Setmelanotide (Imcivree)
Is there a diet pill that actually works?
Ultimately, no supplement or pill works very well for weight loss. They may give your metabolism a bit of a nudge and help you lose a few pounds, but that’s where their effects likely end.
Can you lose weight just on diet pills?
FDA-approved fat-absorption blockers or appetite suppressants won’t result in weight loss on their own. Those products need to be taken with a low-calorie, low-fat diet and regular exercise.
How quickly do weight loss pills work?
Most weight loss with the drug occurs within the first few months. If you have followed the diet and exercise plan and have not lost at least 5% of your initial body weight within a few months, continuing the drug may be of little benefit.