The weight loss drug and slimming pills Acomplia (Rimonabant) is currently unapproved in the UK and is going through clinical trials which are looking encouraging.

Thus far, only around 3000 people have been tested using this drug. In the trials for Acomplia (Rimonabant), people participating experienced sustained weight loss.

The people in the trials for Acomplia (Rimonabant) did lose weight but not excessively. According to early results, obese study participants lost 19lbs over the period of two years. This is an average of around 1lb every five weeks. This is the equivalent of 1/5 of the weight loss which one can be expected to lose through a dedicated weight loss exercise programme.

Participants in trials for Acomplia also managed to reduce their waistlines by an average of 3.5 inches.

The drug affects the same biological network (the endocannabinoid system), that is activated by marijuana. It suppresses appetite alarms in the brain, the stomach and fatty tissue that promotes eating and smoking. Smoking also tends to suppress appetite, however.

The pill also positively influenced HDL cholesterol levels in the blood (which is the good type of cholesterol found in the body) by an average of 27%. A clinical trial in the US, which makes this drug even more appealing, indicating that when taken in 20mg daily doses, it can nearly double a patients chances of giving up smoking.

Side effects include anxiety, depression and irritability. It can also help people to stop smoking. The manufacturer of the drug hopes to put it on the market in 2006. it potentially represents a high profit slimming drug.

Our opinion:

This drug will not be out for another year and half in the UK, but early signs are good if this is the right route for you.

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