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Weight loss increased by addiction drugs

30th July 2010

A combination pill of two drugs used to treat addiction may help people lose weight.

Naltrexone, which is often used to treat alcoholics and heroin addicts, and the anti-smoking drug bupropion led to greater weight loss than diet and exercise alone, according to a report in The Lancet. It is thought the treatment may help beat food cravings, however Professor Nick Finer, an obesity expert from University College London (UCL), said the drug may prove more useful if researchers can better identify who would benefit.

 

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Article Information

Title: Weight loss increased by addiction drugs
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15661
Date Added: 30th Jul 2010

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Nursing Times

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