Can you take appetite suppressants for weight loss?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Appetite suppressants can reduce your appetite and make you feel full. However, they can have dangerous side effects"

Dr Louisa Draper

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Appetite suppressants are drugs that make the you feel full, which suppresses the appetite. Appetite suppressants (also known as diet pills) trigger hormonal responses which interrupt the brain’s signals which tell you that you feel hungry and that it’s time to eat. 

They can also make you feel full more quickly once you begin to eat. This means, in theory, that you eat less and therefore lose weight. 

However, appetite suppressants can have dangerous side effects and have even been known to cause death.