Taking antidepressant drugs can help seriously overweight people to lose weight, research suggests.
Obese patients who took a medication called bupropion hydrochloride – a form of which Zyban, is used to help people give up smoking – lost significant amounts of weight over a 24-week period.
However, the medication was also combined with a strict diet and exercise.
Follow-up research showed that the patients who continued taking the medication for another 24 weeks kept the weight off.
A total of 227 patients completed the initial 24 weeks of the course, and 192 completed the full 48 weeks.
More than 200 clinically obese men and women took part in the study. None of them were clinically depressed.
The people who combined the medication with diet and exercise lost significantly more than those who just followed the diet and exercise regime. Read full article…