Prescription Plenity is now a legal obesity treatment in the United States. The F.D.A. has granted its approval to this new weight loss pill, leaving many obesity patients to wonder whether this might be the solution they’ve been waiting for.
That said, since prescription Plenity is brand new, it’s important for anyone considering the use of this pill to ask questions and take a closer look before signing on. Remember that just because a product has F.D.A. approval, it doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for everyone.
Before choosing prescription Plenity, there are many questions you should ask and many points you should learn. By taking in this information, you’ll be better able to know if you want to ask your doctor for it and if you should fill that prescription if it is given to you. Of course, it’s important to point out that at this point, all you can do is learn. The pill won’t become available until later this year.
That said, this great timing because it gives you the perfect opportunity to discover what it’s all about before you add it to your medicine cabinet.
Prescription Plenity is the product of a company called Gelesis. That firm is a biotechnology company from Boston, Massachusetts. It is a pill but is also labeled as a device. It is unique in the prescription weight loss category because while it is available to people with obesity, it is also meant for people who are overweight, too.
Currently, all other weight loss drugs are meant for people with a BMI of 30 or higher – that is, people with obesity – and whose weight places them at a raised risk of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. However, Plenity will also be prescribed to overweight patients who are not obese and who don’t have other conditions other than the excess weight.
This pill is not meant to alter brain chemistry to suppress the appetite or raise the metabolism as is the case with the most popular diet drugs such as Phentermine (Adipex). Instead, these capsules are swallowed so they can then expand in the stomach, filling the stomach with a non-digestible substance.
It is made with cellulose particles that will stay swollen in the stomach and small intestine. They mix with the food a patient consumes in order to raise the volume in the stomach and small intestine. This promotes a feeling of fullness greater than what would have been produced by the food on its own. Eventually, as the substance makes its way through the digestive system, it shrinks once more.