FDA has approved a pill for weight loss purposes that makes the person feel full. It is believed to be a groundbreaking discovery targeted particularly for people who find it difficult to fight cravings. The drug underwent successful initial trials before it was finally decided to be launched for the general public. The pill will be available under the name: Plenity, manufactured by a biotech company based in Boston.
A further look at the composition of Plenity would reveal the drug to be composed of fiber (mainly cellulose) and a considerable portion of citric acid. It is recommended for people who have BMI lying under the bracket of 25 to 40. Which really means, it is being catered for the overweight and obese population.
What is it about Plenity that can potentially make the drug so popular in the near future? Let us find out.
How Plenity aids in weight loss?
The drug is a three capsule dose to be taken about half n hour before the ingestion of meal (lunch or dinner). The medicine is known to contain a number of hydrogel cells which have an important role to play in weight loss process. Once inside the stomach, Plenity breaks down into these hydrogel cells which subsequently start absorbing water. Interestingly enough while the cell might be microscopic, it can absorb water equivalent to 100 times its mass. The eventual result is the occupying of the space in the stomach region, in turn, making the person feel full.
Once the hydrogel cells have absorbed water, the question then arises: how do they exit the body?
Well, first and foremost they leave the stomach entering the intestine area where they are consequently destroyed. During this cycle, water is released which is absorbed by the GI tract, finally exiting the body through a bowel movement.
All that being said, what did the study show?
The research experiment accounted for the results of around a hundred participants. They were divided into two groups. One was given the Plenity drug, while the other was exposed to a placebo effect. The study continued for a span of 24 weeks and all changes were noted down.
In the end, 60% of those who took Plenity had achieved significant reduction in their baseline weight compared with those who had a placebo. This led the researchers to conclude the positive benefits that can be yielded from the drug.
Were there any side effects?
While the study does show some promising results of the Plenity pill yet not without the associated side effects. Although participants did end up with a reduction in their baseline weight, they nonetheless experienced health complications. A major chunk of the participants taking the drug faced problems like bloating, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. In other words, the drug did have a negative effect on the normal working of GI.
So, what is the future prospect like for Plenity?
The answer remains twofold. Though the drug did exhibit positive results for the users, more regulation is needed. Stricter regulation that entails overcoming the associated side effect. Till then, we should wait and see how the future looks like for Plenity.