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FDA approves new weight loss drugs

Good news for people in the battle against the bulge.

For the first time in more than a dozen years, the FDA has approved new drugs for weight loss.

For many, battling excess weight has been a life-long struggle, but the new drugs, tentatively called Belviq and Qsymia, offer hope.

Cleveland Clinic Bariatric Specialist Dr. Karen Cooper says surgery right now is the most effective tool for obese patients.

But that's not a viable option for everyone.  The new drugs show the promise of, in the simplest terms, tricking your brain into making you feel full.

"What that means is that your portion sizes will be less. If portion sizes are smaller, you're taking less calories and that will prevent weight gain and hopefully promote some weight loss," said Dr. Cooper.

These drugs can be used long term, with fewer known side effects.

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