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June 23/30, 1999

New Weight Loss Tool

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JAMA. 1999;281(24):2277. doi:10.1001/jama.281.24.2277-JQU90004-3-1

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.