Chapter 2: Isn't There Anything to Keep Me from Being So Hungry All the Time?

Hunter, William
February 2005
When Dieting Isn't Enough: Medications & Surgeries for Weight Lo;2005, p31
This article provides information on the classes of drugs used to treat obesity that reduces hunger. For the most part, chemical substances within the body control hunger. The body produces them in response to the cues such as the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. Most of the drugs that work by reducing hunger take advantage of blood chemistry to change the hunger patterns of the patient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, has only approved one medication for long-term use that acts by reducing how hungry one feels. Called sibutramine, it is sold under the brand name Meridia. A combination therapy called Fen-Phen, which combined Phentermine with Fenfluramine, was also quite effective in reducing weight in the people taking it.


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