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Metadate is not approved as a weight-loss medication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, your healthcare provider may prescribe it for weight loss for a short period of time in certain situations. This is called an "off-label" use. "Off-label" is when a prescription medicine is used to treat a disease or condition for which it has not been approved by the FDA.
Although the FDA regulates how a medication can be advertised or promoted by the manufacturer, these regulations do not restrict a doctor's ability to prescribe the medication in an off-label fashion: for different conditions, in different doses, or for different lengths of time. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a medicine for off-label use if he or she feels that it is appropriate for your situation.
While such use often occurs in the treatment of many conditions, you should feel comfortable about asking your healthcare provider if he or she is using a medication or combination of medications in a manner that is not approved by the FDA.
Weight loss is a known side effect of Metadate. In fact, it is such a common side effect of stimulants that Metadate is often abused for this purpose. While it is not approved for this use, there may be a few situations where using Metadate for weight loss is acceptable.