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  • When should I see my doctor about weight loss?

    If I'm healthy and I'm not taking any medications and I don't have any health conditions I know about, do I really need to see my doctor before taking an OTC diet pill? As long as I follow the directions, I should be fine, right? I mean, obviously if I get some wild allergic reaction I'd stop taking them, but otherwise, I don't see much of a point in going to my doc first. What would you guys do?

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    I think it's always recommended. Most healthy people are fine if they choose the right pill and follow the directions. I've definitely not consulted a doc every time I've tried a new pill. But still, it's important to know you're taking a safe pill for you. If you don't want to talk to your doc, you could have your pharmacist look at the ingredients in case there are general warnings you should know about.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bethie View Post
      I think it's always recommended. Most healthy people are fine if they choose the right pill and follow the directions. I've definitely not consulted a doc every time I've tried a new pill. But still, it's important to know you're taking a safe pill for you. If you don't want to talk to your doc, you could have your pharmacist look at the ingredients in case there are general warnings you should know about.
      Exactly. Technically, we should all talk to a medical professional before we take anything. That said, I'm not going to pretend that I go to a doctor every time I choose to take an over the counter medication or supplement. That said, if you choose not to see a doc, make sure you read all the directions, all the possible side effects, pay attention to how you feel after taking the product and remember...if something does happen, go to your doc to get checked out. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what risk you want to take, but at the end of the day, talking to your doctor first is never a bad idea. Erring on the side of caution when it comes to your health and wellbeing is ALWAYS the smarter, safer and better choice.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Speeddemon View Post

        Exactly. Technically, we should all talk to a medical professional before we take anything. That said, I'm not going to pretend that I go to a doctor every time I choose to take an over the counter medication or supplement. That said, if you choose not to see a doc, make sure you read all the directions, all the possible side effects, pay attention to how you feel after taking the product and remember...if something does happen, go to your doc to get checked out. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what risk you want to take, but at the end of the day, talking to your doctor first is never a bad idea. Erring on the side of caution when it comes to your health and wellbeing is ALWAYS the smarter, safer and better choice.
        I admit that I am the same way. I always tell other people what I really think is the smartest - to go and check with a medical professional. Still, I rarely do it when it comes to certain diet changes or even when I take a diet pill I did my homework about and that I really think I can trust. But ya, if you have a medical condition or you're already taking another supplement or pill, I really do think getting a doctor's help is smart. At least ask the pharmacist - THAT I do.

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        • #5
          Thanks for being so honest everyone! brightstar I think I will ask the pharmacist. I really only like to go to the doctor for an actual medical reason.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JennyR View Post
            Thanks for being so honest everyone! brightstar I think I will ask the pharmacist. I really only like to go to the doctor for an actual medical reason.
            I ask my pharmacist about stuff all the time. I find they're very nice, reliable and helpful. I feel the only time I really need to ask my doctor is if it's something serious that I'm very concerned about and is directly related to a medical condition I have that I'm actually seeing a specialist for. I'm not saying that's the right way to do things btw, I just mean that's what I do

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