Drugs treatment for obesity prompts concern

A recent study has suggested that using drugs to treat obesity could be an effective option.

Published by the Lancet, the research found that combining the drugs naltrexone and bupropion with diet and exercise modifications prompted a reduction of five per cent or more in body weight over the course of the year.

However, some patients may want to consider alternative forms of obesity treatment as a medical professor from the University of Liverpool warned of the side effects of the drugs.

"Obviously the drugs do work and produce some weight loss which is statistically and clinically significant," he said.

"But one of the problems with this combination is that the side effects are relatively high with both of these drugs."

The professor said that rises in blood pressure were of particular concern as was the fact that the drugs did nothing to progress the treatment of cholesterol in the obese.


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