Stop-Smoking Pills For Losing Weight 2010-08-01Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Health, Science.
Tags: diet, Naltrexone, slimming, Zyban
Dramatic effects have been seen from a weight loss recipe that combines anti-addiction drugs with dieting and exercise.
A group of obese trial patients put on the programme lost up to 6 per cent of their bodyweight over the course of a year.
The study authors said the improvements were ‘clinically meaningful’ and may reduce the risk of death.
However, the treatment’s success was tempered by a lack of significant reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
US American researchers recruited 1742 patients aged 18 to 65 for the 56 week trial — but only half saw it through to the end.
Participants were randomly prescribed either a combination of the drugs naltrexone and bupropion or ‘dummy’ placebo pills.
The findings, reported in an on-line edition of ‘The Lancet‘ medical journal, showed that treated participants lost between 5 and 6 per cent of their bodyweight depending on which of two doses of naltrexone they were given. Patients in the placebo group lost 1.3 per cent.
- CLIPPED FROM: ‘Obese lose weight using anti-addiction drugs‘, The Belfast Telegraph, 2010-07-30