Is Weight Loss Medication Right For Me?

Is Weight Loss Medication Right For Me?

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Weight loss medication, also known as anti-obesity drugs, can be a helpful tool for those looking to lose weight and improve their overall health. However, it’s important to note that these medications should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise, and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Commonly Prescribed Weight Loss Medication

Stimulants are weight loss medications that work by decreasing appetite and increasing metabolism. Examples of stimulant weight loss medications include Phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira) and Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta).

Non-stimulant weight loss medications work by decreasing the absorption of fat in the gut. An example of a non-stimulant weight loss medication is Orlistat (Xenical, Alli).

Appetite suppressants are weight loss medications that work by affecting the feelings of hunger and fullness. Examples of these medications include, Bupropion/Naltrexone (Contrave), and Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia).

Another very popular group are Hormone-based weight loss medications. These are called GLP-1 agonists. This class of medications can be used to help patients with obesity or type 2 diabetes lose weight and improve blood sugar control. Some of the most common GLP-1 agonists used for weight loss include:

  • Liraglutide (Saxenda)
  • Semaglutide (Wegovy)
  • Semaglutide (Ozempic)
  • Trizepitide (Mounjaro)

*Note: out of the GLP-1 agonists; Saxenda and Wegovy are currently FDA approved for weight loss.

Am I A Candidate?

These medications are typically indicated for use in patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher who have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Another type of patient who may qualify for this medication are those with a BMI of 27 or higher who have other obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. They may be particularly useful for morbidly obese patients as well, those with a BMI of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher.

Is Weight Loss Medication Right For Me?

It’s important to discuss with your healthcare provider whether a weight loss medication is right for you, as well as the potential risks and benefits. They will also be able to recommend the most appropriate medication and dosage for your specific needs and medical history. Weight loss medications should be used only under medical supervision. These medications should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise and long-term commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

Our team of experienced and highly trained medical professionals at ALA will work with you to develop a personalized plan that fits your specific needs and goals. Whether you’re interested in stimulant and non-stimulant weight loss medications, hormone-based treatments or the latest weight loss surgery options, at ALA we have the expertise and resources to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your many weight loss medication options.