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Should Adolescents Receive Medication for Obesity?

By DrLaPuma 16 years ago
Home  /  Child Obesity  /  Should Adolescents Receive Medication for Obesity?
Dr John La Puma

A study in JAMA says that adolescents who got Sibutramine and Behavior Therapy lost more weight than those who got one or the other.

But 33 of the 82 adolescents had to have their dosages lowered or quit the study. Why? Because their blood pressure or pulse went up too high. Sibutramine has some well known, to physicians, adverse effects, but for some teens, a healthy weight may be more important than a healthy body. Short-sighted!

Get the info you need–ask your doctor for your teen’s BMI.

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  Child Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity and Weight Loss

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