New weight loss pill approved by the FDA
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.