Which medications in the drug class Anorexiants are used in the treatment of Obesity in Children?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Anorexiants are administered to manage obesity. Indications include weight loss and maintenance of weight loss, in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet, specifically in patients who are obese with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 or 27 mg/m2 and other risk factors (eg, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension).

Orlistat (Alli, Xenical)

Orlistat is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor that induces weight loss by inhibiting nutrient absorption. The effectiveness of this agent in producing weight loss does not depend on systemic absorption, and it may reduce the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and beta-carotene. Administer a daily oral multivitamin supplement containing fat-soluble vitamins 2 hours before meals or 1 hour after meals.

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