11 Apr '11, 1am

A new obesity treatment that combines two existing drugs was proven twice as effective as approved drug Xenical: Study

PARIS - A NEW treatment for obesity that combines two existing drugs resulted in twice as much weight loss as the only approved long-term anti-obesity medication, according to a study released on Monday. A mix of Phentermine and topiramate, sold under the brand name of Topamax, was shown in clinical trials to be twice as effective as orlistat, which is commercialised in some countries as Xenical or Alli, it said. The drug combo appears to have additional health benefits, including improved 'markers,' or indicators, for blood pressure, sugar levels, lipids and inflammation, it added. Phentermine is the most widely prescribed short-term weight drug in the United States. Topiramate is an anticonvulsant approved for treating seizure disorders and migraines. It has been shown to work well for weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes, but - taken alone - has also been ...

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