Medifast and Diet Pills: Can You Use Weight Loss Medication With The Medifast Program?
Many people wonder if it is okay to use weight loss medications, such as appetite suppressants, with the Medifast program. Here is an overview of the medications that can and cannot be used with Medifast.
First, let’s take a look at the medications available. There are only a handful of different that are approved by the FDA specifically for weight loss. The best known are Meridia, which suppresses appetite and helps increase the body’s ability to burn fat; Phentermine, which reduces appetite and stimulates metabolism; and Orlistat, which partially blocks your body’s ability to digest and absorb the fats you eat.
Both Meridia and Orlistat (also known as Xenical) are approved for long-term use. Phentermine is approved for short-term use only because it can be potentially addictive. With your doctor’s approval, both Meridia and Phentermine can generally be used safely with the Medifast program. Orlistat, on the other hand, should not be used with Medifast at all because the meals are already very low in fat and you need some fat in your diet for certain vitamins.
All of these are only available from your doctor if you meet certain criteria related to your BMI. However, if you have obesity and related health conditions, you may want to discuss your options with your doctor. Also be sure to tell your doctor about Medifast so that they can discuss the best way to use it in conjunction with any medications.
Also, I should mention that there is also an over-the-counter drug that is similar to Orlistat. This is Alli. You’ve probably already heard of him. Since you shouldn’t take Orlistat while using Medifast, you shouldn’t take Alli either. Because it is a fat blocker, it may mean that you will get very little vitamin D and other important fat-soluble vitamins if you use it together with Medifast.
However, before you decide to ask your doctor about a prescription, you may want to try the Medifast program for a few weeks on its own. Because of the way the program works, most people who use it for weight loss find that they really don’t feel as hungry after the first three to five days.
Because Medifast is rich in protein and provides adequate fiber, it works to give you a feeling of fullness that should keep you from feeling hungry. Plus, once you’re in the fat-burning state known as ketosis, that also tends to suppress your appetite. So most dieters do well without needing an additional appetite suppressant. However, if you find that you still need to control your hunger and want some extra help, there are definitely weight loss medications that you can take with Medifast. You will just have to talk to your doctor about them to see if there is one that is appropriate for you.