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I read an article today in the NYT about this new diet drug that is becoming available over the counter. Anyone here have experience/ thoughts/ comments about this? I am looking to lose about 20 pounds but am not obsese - just overweight.



Thu. Feb 8, 3:24pm

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wow, yet another miracle drug to lose weight. and with FDA approval, i bet it will make the manufacturer's pockets fat. eat right and exercise. you can accomplish your goals this way if you stay focused.

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 3:30 PM

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I read the article, and was wondering whether the drug really works on its own, or whether its main effect isn't to keep you from eating fat by giving your diarrhea every time you ate some!

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 3:39 PM

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The data in states "5% of their body weight in six months"?! Wow. Where do I sign up for a product that will cost me about $700 a year (Glaxo states $1-2 for a daily does), give me side effects, and let me lose weight at a snail's pace? Oh, goody, goody. Can we say placebo effect, anyone?

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 3:41 PM

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i heard that you could eat bag after bag of the "oleo"-laced potato chips and not gain weight, too!!!

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 3:45 PM

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Sorry for all the sarcastic comments but I hope you get the point. There is no free ride.

Take a pill to lose weight, and if it works guess what when you stop it'll all come back.

There is only one sure way to lose weight that always works and makes you healthier. Eat right, diet and exercise!

And with it stating it will help you lose 5% of your body weight in 6 months that really is nothing. If you are 200lbs that's just 10lbs in 6 months. If you do diet and exercise and can only lose 1lb a week you'll lose 26lbs in that same time frame.

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 3:54 PM

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And with it stating it will help you lose 5% of your body weight in 6 months that really is nothing. If you are 200lbs that's just 10lbs in 6 months. If you do diet and exercise and can only lose 1lb a week you'll lose 26lbs in that same time frame.

Not that I disagree with your point about no free ride, but if you read the articles about it, what they are saying is that if you diet and exercise you will lose the 26 pounds plus 10 from taking it -- so 5% additional lost. It's not supposed to be used without a diet and exercise program. Not that that will stop people, mind you!

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 4:19 PM

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It says in the article on the front page of Yahoo! News that for every 5lbs of weight that you lose through diet and exercise, you'll likely lose another 2-3lbs if you're using this pill. So, it's 50% more. In terms of weight loss, if you have 50lbs to lose, you could lose all 50 in the time that it'd normally take you to lose 30-35, doing everything else as you would. That's not insignificant! But, it's not the miracle pill that people think of when they think "diet pill." There will never be a product where you can sit on your @$$ and eat potato chips and brownies all day, and lose weight. Except, maybe, tapeworm!

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 4:20 PM

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According to the ladies on The View, it's supposed to prevent your body from absorbing up to 25% of the fat you consume. Um...that's not a whole lot. If you eat 50g fat in a day (about right or a little high for someone dieting), that means it blocks about 110 calories. Is that worth $1-2 a day? Uh-uh.

Of course, you could get your money's worth by eating a stack of Big Macs - that way you'd eliminate 50 out of 200g of fat (1800 calories) 450 calories.
(That's a joke).

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 4:41 PM

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OP here

thanks for your comments, everyone. I needed to be reminded that it is just cutting calories and exercise that will lead to long-term, sustainable weight-loss. If anyone does end up using it (or has used it in the past), I would still be interested in your experience. Thanks!

Friday, February 09, 2007, 6:50 AM

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Update: It's selling for $1-2 per pill, not per daily dose. The full cost of a 30-day supply of this drug is expected to be about $180.

Thursday, February 22, 2007, 12:41 PM

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