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WPXI-TV: New prescription diet pills on the horizon

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Three new prescription drugs may soon be on the market to help you lose weight.

Dr. Jorge Vazquez of Allegheny General Hospital said, "This is an exciting time because we have an epidemic of obesity and we have very few options for treatment available. The expected weight loss with these type of drugs would be 10 percent of the initial weight."

Qnexa is a combination of two approved prescription drugs. One is a diet drug and the other is for migraine relief.

Lorcaserin Hydrochloride works on your brain chemistry.

The third, Contrave, is a combination of two drugs used as anti-depressants and to fight alcohol addiction.

Vazquez believes the direction these drugs are going could make a dent in the obesity epidemic. "By controlling impulse control, by controlling compulsiveness, we have a patient who has difficulty staying on the diet because it's hard with the hunger and the habit. So these drugs in theory will address those issues and hopefully will have better results."

To read more, visit the WPXI-TV web site.

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