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article imageAnti-addiction drug combo shows promise for dieters

By KJ Mullins     Aug 2, 2010 in Health
Two anti-addiction drugs used in combination could be promising for those wanting to lose weight according to a report published recently in The Lancet, the British Medical Association.
The drugs Naltrexone and bupropion are reported to have given better results in weight loss than just diet and exercise.
The study led by Professor Frank Greenway from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana observed 1,700 overweight and obese adults were offered a weight loss program with diet and exercise advice. Two-thirds of those in the study were given the combination drug treatment in two doses while the other third were given a placebo twice a day.
While only half of the participants completed the year-long study those who took the treatment lost an average of five to six percent of the weight depending on the dose compared to the placebo group's average of 1.3 percent.
"I think the weight loss we saw was significant even if it might not be as much as many people would like to see," Greenway said in a press release.
The drug will be marketed as Contrave and is currently under investigation to see if it will be licensed in the United States.
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