What are safe Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity and how do they work?
- Lorcaserin – (Belviq) believed to work by affecting a certain part of the brain that helps appetite control
- Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia) believed to decrease appetite by increasing the amount of energy used in the body or believed to affect certain parts of the brain
- Human chorionic gonadotropin-(HCG) believed to boost metabolism and aides in loss of large amounts of fat without the feeling of hunger
- Naltrexone-bupropion-(Contrave) classified as an antidepressant; it is believed to help restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters, the two components to this aide separate parts of the brain to reduce appetite and how much you eat
- Liraglutide (Trulicity, Victoza) slows food down from leaving the stomach and is believed to prevent the liver from making too much sugar which helps the pancreas produce more insulin when blood sugar levels are high.
What are the risks factors when using Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity?
Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity can have some mild to severe side effects. Patients should always be aware of these risks and side effects of whatever medications are taken. A physician should know all the medications the patient is taking to reduce the risk of drug interactions.
The risk factors/side effects of most medications used in treatment for weight loss or obesity are:
- Fast heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Blood clots
- Drug dependence or abuse (withdrawal symptoms when not using)
- Oily spotting and soft stools
- Dry mouth
All Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity each have similar or solitary effects to the medication. These side effects should be discussed with a dietician or physician so the patient gets the best medication that will be safe.
How does a patient know when they need Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity?
Patients who struggle with uncontrolled hunger, inability to exercise, or have medical complications that create rapid and uncontrolled weight gain can benefit from Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity. Surgery can be risky as well as expensive. Support groups can give the patient common ground with others but can sometimes not give the desired results. A dietician or physician can let the patient know the risk factors for obesity versus the Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity.
With any type of weight loss system, the patient must be willing to have a change of mind and a renewed determination to lose the weight and keep it off. Medications for Treatment of Weight Loss/Obesity is not a lifetime solution but a temporary aide to accomplish the weight loss goal.
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