The mental health side effects of weight loss drugs no one is talking about.

It’s no secret that weight loss drugs have exploded in popularity. Previously used only in the social circles of Hollywood, the diabetes medication has gone mainstream and swiftly become more in demand than ever before.

Used to restrict hunger and lose weight, it’s been dubbed the ‘miracle cure’ for obesity. The catch? When it comes to the long-term side effects, there’s a lot we still don’t know.

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In fact, as weight loss medication becomes more widely used, we’re beginning to see underlying issues we couldn’t see before. Not just physically, but mentally, too.

And according to a pharmaceutical industry whistleblower in the US, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.

So, is the ‘miracle drug’ for weight loss too good to be true?

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Calley Means, author and founder of health tech firm TrueMed, said that semaglutide — the diabetes medication used off label to lose weight — poses a potential safety “disaster.” And it’s flying under the radar.

In an interview on The Tucker Carlson Encounter, Means cited reports of a series of long-term side effects — including gastrointestinal issues and mental health issues.

Means said that in the U.S., where the drug is approved to treat obesity (the most popular brand is currently used ‘off-label’ in Australia) up to 30 per cent of patients stopped using it within three months, due to negative gastrointestinal side effects.

It “paralyzes your stomach,” he said. “And there are studies now saying that [the inability] … to digest food actually stays after you go off the drug. You’re consistently seeing patients who go off the drugs gain the weight back.”

“Your serotonin — what produces your contentment and happiness — 95 per cent is made in the gut,” he said, adding weight loss medication “essentially is gut dysfunction.”

When Mamamia asked psychologist Carly Dober from Enriching Lives Psychology for her thoughts, she said concerningly, the pharmaceutical manufacturer and national medical database receieved reported feelings of anxiety, panic, depression, and suicidal ideation associated with use of the drug.

“This means that for many people who may or may not ever have thought about suicide before, these thoughts and impulses to act on these thoughts may occur, increase, and be difficult to ignore whilst on the drug,” she explained.