Medications for weight loss
While diet and exercise are the cornerstone of both weight loss and weight management sometimes medication can help us over a plateau or give us just enough weight loss to keep us motivated. Medications currently available at Joya Women's Healthcare include:
Boost Your Weight Loss Journey with Effective Medications
If you're struggling to lose weight despite your best efforts with diet and exercise, weight loss medications may be an option to consider. While medication alone is not a long-term solution, it can be a helpful tool in combination with lifestyle changes to kickstart weight loss and improve overall health. In this article, we'll explore the different types of weight loss medications available, their benefits and potential side effects, and how to determine if they're right for you.
Types of Weight Loss Medications:
There are several types of weight loss medications available, each with their own unique mechanism of action. The most commonly prescribed weight loss medications include:
Appetite suppressants work by reducing feelings of hunger, which can lead to a lower calorie intake and weight loss. Common appetite suppressants include phentermine, diethylpropion, and liraglutide.
Fat Absorption Inhibitors
Fat absorption inhibitors work by preventing the absorption of dietary fat in the intestines, which can lead to weight loss. The most well-known fat absorption inhibitor is orlistat.
Combination medications contain a combination of appetite suppressants and fat absorption inhibitors to produce greater weight loss results. Common combination medications include phentermine/topiramate and naltrexone/bupropion.
Benefits of Weight Loss Medications: Weight loss medications can provide several benefits, including:
Greater weight loss results when combined with lifestyle changes
Improved blood sugar control in individuals with diabetes
Reduced risk of heart disease and other obesity-related conditions
Potential Side Effects: Weight loss medications can also have potential side effects. The most common side effects include:
It's important to note that weight loss medications should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional and as part of a comprehensive weight loss program.
Is Weight Loss Medication Right for You? Weight loss medications may be a good option for individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher, or a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one obesity-related condition. However, it's important to consider the potential benefits and risks before deciding if weight loss medication is right for you.
Weight loss medications can be an effective tool in combination with lifestyle changes to help you achieve your weight loss goals. By understanding the different types of weight loss medications available, their benefits and potential side effects, and whether they're right for you, you can make an informed decision about whether to incorporate them into your weight loss journey. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new weight loss medication or program.
** These medications are not routinely covered by insurance and would be considered self pay