WEIGHT LOSS MEDICATION

What is the best medication for weight loss?

Using prescription medication for weight loss is a fairly new concept. Medication on its own will not be sufficient in your weight loss journey. There is no perfect pill for losing weight. There are weight loss drugs that can supplement weight loss for those who are overweight or obese.

 

At Peak Medical Weight Loss Clinic, our medical staff are qualified to prescribe the right kind of medication for you. Medication may be suited towards an obesity related illness or directed at weight loss itself. Whatever your options, our staff will help you decide what would be best for you.

Medication cannot replace a healthy diet and exercise when it comes to losing weight. You will get the most out of medication when you combine its effect with the Peak Medical weight loss programs. Like all of our treatment options, a holistic approach to weight loss is always more effective. Commitment to a holistic weight loss program is the most effective way to lose weight. This means changing bad habits, sticking to a healthy meal plan, and exercising regularly. Supplementing your weight loss with medication will also help you lose weight and keep it off. We are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

Are weight loss drugs safe?

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the five medications below for long term use for weight loss. That means that they are perfectly safe for human consumption, provided you follow the guidelines and consult a qualified physician before hand. 

  • Orlistat

  • Lorcaserin (Belviq)

  • Phentermine-Topiramate

  • Naltrexone-Bupropion

  • Liraglutide (Saxenda)

If you think you could benefit from weight loss medication, call our office today. We will schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

Does weight loss medication really work?

Yes. Weight loss medication should not be regarded as the same as such things as fat burning or diet supplements. There are many self-proclaimed “diet pills” out there, but they very in effectiveness. Weight loss medication directly treats obesity in multiple ways:

  1. Making you feel less hungry

  2. Making you feel full sooner

  3. Making it harder for your body to absorb fat from the food you eat

  4. Treating an obesity related illness, such as hypertension or type 2 diabetes

Medication is best used for treating the symptoms of obesity. Taking medication to treat hypertension or type 2 diabetes, for example, would enhance your weight loss journey.

Will I qualify for weight loss medication?

Medication is best used for treating the symptoms of obesity. Taking medication to treat hypertension or type 2 diabetes, for example, would enhance your weight loss journey.

  • Side effects of the medication

  • Potential drug interactions

  • Current health conditions and medications

  • Family medical history

  • Cost and insurance

Weight loss prescription medication is not for everyone. Some people suffering from obesity are better suited to a holistic program that focuses on changing behaviors rather than medication. Individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 are more likely to be candidates for prescription medication. For individuals with a BMI of 27 that have multiple obesity related illnesses, medication might also be a good option.

How much weight will I loss using weight loss drugs?

People who take medication while in a holistic weight loss program can lose 3 to 9 percent more of their starting body weight than people who are not. Research has shown that individuals taking prescription weight loss medication may lose 10% or more of their starting body weight. For an individual that is 200 pounds to begin with, this could mean 20 pounds or more.

If you live with symptoms of obesity, losing weight may improve your health. People have seen a resolution to certain health problems by losing 5 to 10% of their body weight. In other words, losing weight could normalize your heart rate or decrease your risk of heart disease. It might also make other medications that you take to manage other health conditions unnecessary. We have seen patients abandon the medications they have to treat other obesity related illnesses.

Most people lose the most weight in the first six months of starting medication. There are possible side effects to taking medication, but most are mild. Be sure to follow the medical advice of the clinic staff for best results. If you don't see any changes in your weight after 12 weeks, you might be on the wrong medication. Make sure to discuss other options with Peak Medical staff.

You may regain some weight after you stop taking prescription medication. For this reason, it’s important to build healthy habits while taking medication in order to continue seeing results.

How much does weight loss medication cost?

Some insurance plans do cover weight loss medication, but you’ll need to contact your provider to discuss possible options. Luckily, these medications are becoming more readily available, and you should be able to find them at your local pharmacy. If you're at all worried, then our comprehensive weight loss plans all come with a full medical and advisement of certain weight loss medications. 

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