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Lipotropic Injections
April 2002

Q. I am 30-years-old and have 3 children. I've recently started to lose weight and a friend told me about "lipotropic injections." She said it would help me lose weight faster and help suppress my appetite. Where can I find out more about this and is it safe?

A. Lipotropic injections are marketed as a non-prescription weight loss product. As such they are not regulated by the FDA as to safety and effectiveness. The mix contains four components which claim to help metabolize fats. The individual components are common, found in naturally occurring foods, a mix of vitamins, amino acids, and carbohydrates. No data is provided by the manufacturer as to actual weight loss results.

In addition, if you order the product, they claim to send you information on how to self-administer shots (injections). This has obvious safety risks such as infection, bleeding, and allergic reactions, and I would not recommend this as a learn-by-mail procedure.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/patmats.htm

http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/nutrit.htm

http://www.obesity.org

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