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Bupropion SR, now used to treat depression and help patients quit smoking, shows promise as a potential weight loss tool.
Preliminary findings from researchers at Duke University Medical Center have shown that women who took the drug and followed a 1600-calorie diet lost four times more weight than women who followed the diet and took a placebo. "Since the withdrawal of fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine, there has been a great need for effective medications," noted Kishore Gadde, MD, lead investigator of the study, which was presented last month during the American Psychiatric Association meeting in Washington, DC.
Voelker R. New Weight Loss Tool. JAMA. 1999;281(24):2277. doi:10.1001/jama.281.24.2277-JQU90004-3-1