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Most weight-loss medicines for obesity work by making you feel less hungry or making you feel full sooner. They are used together with healthy eating habits and exercise.
Medicine is generally used only for those who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. But they sometimes are used for those with a BMI of 27 or higher who are at risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea.1
Prescription orlistat is the only weight-loss drug that is approved for children. It is meant to be used only in children over the age of 12. The over-the-counter form of orlistat is not meant for use by anyone under 18 years old.
What to think about
Medicine doesn't work for everyone. And medicine alone is not as effective as when combined with healthy eating habits or activity.
Nonprescription weight-loss products aren't recommended. Some have dangerous side effects, and others have no proven benefit.
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