Finally a magic weight loss pill to that actually works according to a new study
Posted Aug 02 2010 11:37am
Who would have thought that if you combine two established prescription drugs: one that help people stop smoking with another drug that helps people stop drinking, you'd end up with a weight loss pill that actually works.
According to a new study in the medical journal the Lancet, a pill called Contrave has shown positive results in phase 3 trials.
"This drug's main components are naltrexone, used for alcoholics, and bupropion, used for smokers and patients with depression.
Both of those component medications have been in widespread use for
more than 20 years. But there has never been a weight loss pill approved
in any country with this combination of the two drugs, said Dr. Frank
Greenway, researcher at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the
Louisiana State University System."
"This may be particularly useful in people who have craving problems that
contribute to their difficulty in staying on a diet," Greenway added.
The main side effect of the new pill seems to be nausea.
The new drug is being developed by Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. which has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale of the new drug.
The application could be approved as early as January according to Greenway.