Prescription Weight Loss Medications

Posted: Aug 04 in Obesity Medicine by

There are several medications that can be used to help facilitate the weight loss process. Some are used to treat the underlying medical problems, others are strictly to help with weight loss. For now we will talk about the latter.

There are two basic types of medication used for the sole purpose of assisting with weight loss. The first group includes appetite suppressants. The most common appetite suppressant is Phentermine. This drug works on the nervous system to decrease hunger and make you feel full. It is usually taken once a day in the morning. Appetite suppressants are generally very well tolerated, and work very well to help control hunger. There are some possible side effects, such as nervousness, sleeplessness and nausea.

The other prescription medicine used for the sole purpose of weight loss is a Lipase Inhibitor (Orlistat, or Alli). This medication affects how your body absorbs fat by suppressing a protein known as lipase. People who are taking lipase inhibitors generally absorb 30% less of the fat that they consume. Side effects associated with lipase inhibitors include gassiness, oily staining, and stomach pain. There is also a chance that lipase inhibitors may cause liver damage.

It is important to realize that weight loss medications are not magic, but  can be a very helpful aid for the proper candidates. You will still have to eat a healthy variety of foods and increase your physical activity level in order to lose weight and keep it off. By making your weight loss efforts a lifestyle change, you will be more likely to take off the weight and get healthier. Talk to Dr. Scinta to help craft the best weight loss program for you.



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