New weight loss pill approved by the FDA

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NEW YORK – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new weight loss pill for the third time in the last decade.

Contrave, which works by decreasing a patient’s appetite, was approved for people who are obese or those who struggle with weight-related health problems, like diabetes.

In clinical trials, people who took Contrave in combination with a healthy diet and exercise lost two to four percent more weight than those taking a placebo.

While it did not cause massive weight loss, 42 percent of patients lost at least five percent of their body weight.

However, the drug comes with a few side effects.

Possible side effects include elevated blood pressure and heart rate, as well as an increased risk of suicidal thoughts.