Diet pills, supplements and surgery

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Diet pills and surgery can help with weight loss — when combined with a healthy diet and physical activity. But diet pills aren't for everyone. Neither is surgery.

If you're obese and have weight-related health problems, talk with your doctor about whether diet pills or surgery could help you lose weight. Your doctor will also counsel you about the lifestyle changes you'll need to make to be successful over the long term.

A word of caution: Talk with your doctor before you try over-the-counter diet pills or supplements. They can have serious side effects; some can be downright dangerous.

Oct. 10, 2019

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