posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 05:02 AM
A new drug which can help people lose weight, quit smoking, raise 'good' cholesterol and impove insulin sensitivity, all in one pill.
The new drug called Acomplia is made by Sanofi-Aventis and could be available in the next 18 months.
The drug works by suppressing cravings, allowing people both to reduce their food intake and helping them give up smoking at the same time.
Nearly a third of patients treated with 20 milligrams of Acomplia over the full two years lost in excess of 10 per cent of their initial body weight,
compared with 16.4 per cent of patients on a placebo. More than 62 per cent of 20 mg Acomplia patients shed at least 5 per cent of body weight. Waist
circumference at two years was reduced by 3.1 inches (8 cm) in the 20 mg Acomplia group, by 1.9 inches (4.9 cm) in a 5 mg Acomplia group, and by just
1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in the placebo group.
Side effects included a slightly higher incidence in depression, anxiety and irritability in the 20 mg group compared to the placebo group. There was
also a slightly higher prevalence of nausea.
[edit on 11-11-2004 by phixion]