Which drugs are used for short-term treatment of obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Four agents are available in the United States for short-term (8-12 weeks) treatment of obesity: diethylpropion, phendimetrazine, benzphetamine, and phentermine. Any of these drugs may be used as an adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on caloric restriction in patients with an initial BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher who have not responded to an appropriate weight-reducing regimen.


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