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Weight loss pills are widely advertised as a quick and easy way to lose weight , but most of them are not effective. Even the most natural weight loss pills can have side effects and harm your health.

Prescription diet pills are useful for severe obesity problems. These pills are regulated and their side effects are monitored. Some of these pills are Meridia (Sibutramine), Xenical (Orlistat), Adipex, Bontril, Didrex, Phentermine and Tenuate. Xenical is a lipase inhibitor, decreasing fat absorption by 30% resulting in a lower calorie intake. These pills will not be effective for losing weight , if  a conventional weight loss plan is also not followed.

Over the counter (OTC) diet pills are considered as food supplements, and their use is unregulated. However, these are very popular and people continue to use them without considering the adverse side effects. 

Diet pill / Supplement name Side effects
Ephedra can cause high blood pressure, sleeplessness , heart attacks, stroke and death . Ephedra has been banned, but it is still sold on the internet.
Green tea extract causes vomiting, bloating, diarrhea and indigestion. May contain high level of caffeine
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can cause diarrhea , indigestion and other gastrointestinal  problems
Bitter orange can cause problems similar to Ephedra
Chitosan can cause constipation, bloating and other gastrointestinal  problems

If  you care for your long term health, avoid  weight loss pills, design your own weight loss plan  and stick to it. There are no short cuts to permanent weight loss! 

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