Obesity levels are on the rise in the UK. One in four UK adults is obese, and obesity also affects one in every five children aged ten to eleven. This is largely due to a significant decrease in physical activity, poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle characterised by long commutes by car and long hours spent working at a desk. And with more UK adults suffering from obesity, it also means more of us are at risk of serious health conditions like coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer.
So what can be done to shift this dangerous excess weight?
Many people find the solution in tried and tested weight loss medication. Xenical and Mysimba are both effective weight loss treatments available from Express Pharmacy. Xenical has been on the market for some time. The medication uses the active ingredient orlistat to reduce the amount of fat absorbed during digestion.
Mysimba is a innovate treatment which is still relatively new to the market and is designed to reduce hunger cravings and appetite.
Let’s break these two weight loss medications down further to better understand how they work, and which one is right for you. It is important to note that weight loss pills should not be treated as a magic solution to weight management and guidelines on the pack should always be followed in conjunction with advice from a recognised healthcare provider.
How it works
Xenical helps you lose weight more easily by reducing the amount of fat your body absorbs. The weight loss medication works within your digestive system to block some of the fat in the food you eat from being digested. By using Xenical, up to a third of the fat in the food you eat can avoid digestion.
Xenical attaches itself to the enzymes in your digestive system and blocks them breaking down fat you consume. This undigested fat is then eliminated from your body as it can’t be absorbed. Through this process, Xenical acts as an effective weight loss treatment when taken alongside a healthy, calorie-reduced diet.
How to take it
Xenical comes in the form of a 120mg capsule, which should be taken three times daily with liquid. Xenical should be taken alongside a meal or up to one hour afterwards.
Are there any Xenical side effects to be aware of?
As with all prescription medication it is important to be aware that it is possible to experience some mild side effects when taking Xenical. This can include changes to bowel function caused by the presence of unabsorbed fat in the intestines. In some cases this can present itself in the form of:
- Fatty or oily stools
- Oily spotting
- Intestinal gas with discharge
- Increased bowel movements
- Poor bowel control
Should any of these symptoms persist or get worse over time, it is important to consult a doctor promptly. In few rare cases it is possible to experience more serious side effects to Xenical in the form of an allergic reaction. If taking Xenical results in a rash, itching, dizziness, breathing problems or swelling to the face/throat/tongue, it is important to contact a doctor immediately[i].
How it works
Unlike Xenical, Mysimba works in your brain rather than in your digestive system. This helps to speed along weight loss which is often inhibited by extreme hunger, stress eating and trouble managing portion sizes. Mysimba can help adults over 18 with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 lose 5 per cent of the total body weight in 16 weeks.
Mysimba contains two active ingredients: naltroxene and bulpropion. Although these medicines have been used before, Mysimba marks the first time they have been combined, creating a unique and effective weight loss medication. This combination works by acting on parts of the brain which control food intake and energy balance, helping to reduce cravings and appetite by controlling the pleasure associated with eating food.
Mysimba can also help lower levels of LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol.
How to take it
Like Xenical, Mysimba should be taken alongside a healthy, calorie-reduced diet, and should only be used by individuals over the age of 18 suffering with obesity.
The regular dosage of Mysimba differs over the first few weeks. For week one, take one tablet daily in the morning. In the second week, take two tablets daily, one in the morning and one in the evening. In the third week, take two tablets in the morning and one in the evening. In the fourth week, take two tablets in the morning and two again at night. If you accidentally fail to maintain the appropriate Mysimba dosage consult your healthcare provider.
Never take diet pills in place of a healthy, balanced lifestyle
There are many ways to approach weight loss for those who are obese or simply feel that they need to tackle excess fat. The important thing for people to understand is that there is no shame or embarrassment in seeking advice and support. Alongside prescription medication, there are also other options available such as surgery - in the form of liposuction and gastric band surgery. However, before you seek any form of medical treatment for weight issues it is important to understand that long-term weight loss or weight management requires a healthy and balanced approach to diet and lifestyle in the future. While Xenical, MySimba and even gastric bands have been proven to aid in weight loss, nothing guarantees permanent success.
SImply put, short-term improvements should always be supported by efforts to increase exercise levels and develop healthier eating habits.
Looking for effective weight loss medication? Contact the team at Express Pharmacy on 0208 123 07 03 to discuss your requirements and learn more about the treatment that may be right for you.