Monday, 8 July 2013

Antidepressant enhances weight loss

Bupropion can increase weight loss among obese people on a strict diet and exercise program, according to a new study.

There’s an increasing interest in safe medications that can help people lose weight in conjunction with lifestyle modifications. In a trial involving over 300 obese men and women, bupropion has proved to be a useful addition to the weight loss medication range.

Bupropion is normally used as an antidepressant and as an aid to smoking cessation. In this trial, it was added to a regimen of meal replacements, as a way of cutting back calories by 600 per day, in conjunction with moderate exercise.

Those of bupropion lost more weight, over a 48 week period, compared to those just doing the diet and exercise part of the plan. The study shows how powerful a twofold approach of medication and self-help can be in controlling chronic health problems like obesity.


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