I don’t know how familiar you are with “Alli”, the wonder drug for dieters that came out a year or two ago? Everyone was so excited for this drug to hit the shelves. Then came the stories of anal leakage, etc. It still boiled down to watching what you ate and exercise. When you look at the stats on how much Alli really helped people lose, they’re really not very impressive. I can lose more faster using the herbal supplements I have and not put up with bad side effects.
This morning I read about a new drug trying to make it’s way into the US. Not only is it supposed to be another “Weightloss Miracle” drug, but also a smoking cessation drug that keeps you from gaining weight when you quit. The name of the drug is “Rimonabant”. The manufacturer who currently sells the drug in the UK applied to the FDA a couple of years ago, but the FDA said their studies of the side effects of this drug were inconclusive. When they couldn’t make it into the US as a weightloss drug, they tried as a smoking cessation drug. Thank God that didn’t work either.
Now in the UK it comes out that they are having a second look at Rimonabant. It appears that not only does it raise lipids (cholesterol and triglyceride levels), but it turns out it causes deep depression and is being linked to suicide in its users. And, the bottom line is, you still have to watch your diet and exercise! The depression affects 1 in 10 patients. That’s pretty often. In fact depression was great enough in a number of participants, they dropped out of the study.
What is super scary to me is if you google “rimonabant” you get a ton of ads to buy it without a prescription online under it’s generic name Acomplia. They’re saying it’s the safest weightloss wonder pill. No doctor, no supervision. The one site I went to says you can read what people have to say about it, but they have the comments turned off and just a bunch of entries trying to sell it.
I, as much as anyone else, would love to have a magic pill to take the weight off. Get real My Dears. It’s not here yet and trust me, “Big Pharma” doesn’t give a damn about who they hurt on their way to the big bucks they earn from someone’s misery. What ever you decide to do besides changing to a healthier lifestyle, make sure you do your research and get all the facts. Many times I have asked the question “Why would I want to take a cure that is worse than the disease?”