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Weight loss drugs can cause side effects and lifelong dependency 

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | Product Liability |

Certain prescription weight loss medications have surged into the mainstream in the last year. There are a variety of different medications, many of which function in largely the same way. 

Average people and popular celebrities alike have reported massive weight loss after trying these medications, some of which are actually to help treat diabetes. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm for these medications has led to doctors and the companies producing them glossing over the risks involved. 

Both serious side effects and lifelong dependency may come with a prescription for weight loss drugs. 

People can’t keep the weight off alone

Although research into patients regaining weight is only in its infancy, as the drugs have only been used for weight loss for a limited time, what evidence there is creates a lot of concern among patients and even medical professionals. 

Those who cease taking prescription weight loss drugs often regain the weight they lost. Some people report gaining even more weight. Therefore, they may need to continue taking the medication for the rest of their lives or risk having their weight rise back up to unhealthy levels. 

Side effects can cause major issues

There are multiple different weight loss drugs with different chemical formulations from different manufacturers. However, the side effects reported from weight loss drugs have already started to make the news. 

Some people only report mild side effects, such as nausea or belly pain. However, some people experience diarrhea, depression, suicidal thoughts, bleeding, allergic reactions and even chronic fevers. The physical and mental health consequences of taking weight loss drugs could endanger someone’s health. 

Those not given proper disclosure about side effects and those directly harmed by dangerous medications may have grounds to take legal action. Holding manufacturers accountable for rushing dangerous drugs to the market may compensate the people harmed while helping change business practices.