The Unit 8 Discussions Weight-loss: Medications (Drugs) Used to Treat Obesity are based on the reading of the material in Williams’ Chapter 15, pp. 343–348. Therefore, students will need to complete the Unit 8 Reading in order to answer the topic questions.
• What are the six prescription drugs used to treat obesity and the mechanism of action for each? Discuss the pros and cons of using these drugs.
• What are the risks in using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to achieve weight-loss? Please include specific OTC drugs and both their specific and more general risks.
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Currently, the FDA has approved six medications in the treatment of obesity. Among the six, four are authorized for short-term use only and they are benzphetamine, diethylpropion, phendimetrazine, and phentermine; and two drugs have been approved for a longer use...
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