Monday, December 19, 2011

Weight loss wonder pill that doesn't make you sick could be on sale within three years

[ via Mail Online ] 19 Dec

And here comes another hope for the Obese !! A drug  which switches off appetite using hormones that are created naturally in the stomach when it is full - the so called wonder drug is billed as the first to melt away unwanted pounds without causing nasty side effects.

Despite the rising tide of obesity, the difficulty in formulating a safe diet drug means that just one prescription-strength diet pill, Xenical, is on sale in the UK.

At presnt the only drug, Xenical, is widely used in UK that prevents the absorption of fats in the body but comes with unpleasant side-effects, such as upset stomach, while two other ‘wonder drugs’ have recently been withdrawn over fears they damaged the heart and caused serious psychiatric problems.

In contrast, the new drug, OAP-189, is seen as a simpler and safer option.

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