What do you think?
An advisory panel for the FDA recently voted to approve the use of Qnexa for obese patients. This is a reversal from a few years ago.
Do you agree that there should be more pharmacologic options for obese patients? Right now there is little more than diet/exercise or weight loss surgery.....and now this.
I disagree with this, and I'm actually rather suspicious of the vote since it was quite unexpected and such a huge reversal from the vote a couple of years ago. Yes, some of the panel members have termed out & been replaced, but to go from 10-6 against in 2010 to 20-2 in favor in 2012 with virtually no new information is.... odd, to say the least.
My biggest problem with weight-loss drugs is that they are temporary. If you don't make changes to your diet & exercise, the weight comes back on as soon as you stop the medication. Get on Weight Watchers, learn some new habits, and make a REAL change to your health. Yes, it's going to take a bit longer, so what? Better than dying of a heart attack from drugs or obesity. If you have a lot of weight to lose, then surgery might be an option, but it's usually combined with mandatory diet changes and exercise, too.
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I agree with Stacey completely. There is no magic pill (or surgery, even) , and I'm willing to bet that there won't be.
Agreed. Seems like an incredible way for the drug industry to make huge piles of money. 33% of the adult population is obese-- and therefore this drug is now indicated for them. That is an AMAZING market share.....
Seems suspicious to me. And short sighted. And scary, since 17% of children in our country are obese. On the news story I saw this morning they used an example of a 17 year old who went from 290 lbs to 220 lbs or something.....just scared me bc I think he'll either A) be on this the rest of his life B) go off of it and suffer the damage of yo yo weight issues.
Seems like a quick fix for something for which there is no quick fix.
Meh. Phentermine (don't confuse it with fen-phen) has been around for years as an appetite suppressant and I actually took it a few years ago and lost about 18lbs or something on it. It's like cocaine in pill form, that's approved by the FDA. I felt like I could accomplish anything while I was on it and could go a mile a minute. When it wore off, I was irritable and pissed off. It was NOT a lifestyle changer and I would never take it again. I have now, on my own, lost 27lbs with diet and some exercise (I really loathe exercising, lol) and have been able to keep it off. Weight loss drugs is just the easy way out, as well as surgeries (a lot of people gain weight after their gastric bypass/lap band). Approving so many weight loss products can become dangerous for desperate people that may end up combining too many things.
I am highly suspicious of every weight loss drug that hits the market. It will only be a matter of time before it will be pulled due to some horrible side effects and the lawsuits will begin. And yes, VERY suspicious how the vote changed like that. I don't trust the pharma industry AT ALL....it's primarily driven by greed, I'm afraid.
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I am very leary about drugs to help lose weight, just like any new drug on the market.
I also think people are obese for different reasons and it is more comlex an issue then will power and quit eating junk. I think each person with a weight problem should consult a dr. and have their own weight loss plan specifically catered to their needs. Whether that means just a change of diet and exercise, or also incorperating therapy, couseling, medication, and/or surgery. Of course there are good drs. and bad drs., but that is also up to the patient to find. The reason meds or surgery or therapy or just nutrition and exercise don;t work for people is because they are not doing the right things. I know people who had surgery and it was exactly what they needed to change their lifestyle. I know people who had surgery and gained the weight back because it was not what they needed. All fat people are not the same just like all drug addicts are not the same. Each person's recovery must be catered to their needs. Some people just need a kick in the arse and stop being lazy. Some peopel need serious therapy because their wieght gain is a deeper issue.
I hate when people pigeon hole all overweight people into one lump group. But that is what happens when your "issue" has a physical consequence for all to see. You can hide being a smoker, a bad parent, an alcoholic (to a point), a shopaholic, a b*tch, or most any other "issue" or "problem" a person can have. But a weight problem can't be hidden and no one cares about what the reason is.
And as Forrest Gump said "And that's all I have to say about that."
Last edited by culturedmom; 02-25-2012 at 07:02 PM. Reason: My post had way too many typos for even me to not fix. And you know my view on typos. ;)
First off- as an aside, as someone who has a family member who has underwent weight loss surgery- to claim it's an easy way out is laughable. There is nothing easy about vomiting after almost every meal you eat- whether or not it falls within the guidelines of what you should be able to eat or not (ie- the right foods, the right amount, etc). Weight loss surgery is HARD. Sure, it seems easy from an outsider's perspective- but from an insider's- it's pretty darn tough. You are suddenly FORCED to eat right- yet even eating right, it's rough. For ME- exercising and eating right is easier then the lap band and other surgeries!
I think the major issue I have so far with Qnexa is they will market it as a miracle 'cure-all' drug for weight loss, but from what I heard on the news- it only helps with about 10% of one's weight loss. 10% really isn't enough to take one from 'obese' or even more so 'morbidly obese' to 'healthy'. If you weigh 200 pounds, losing 20 isn't going to bring your body down to a healthy BMI (unless you are pretty tall, of course).
I think it's another one of those quick fixes that won't do much for the majority of people at all- all it will do is pad the pockets of the company who created it with money.