It is a well known fact that proper diet and exercise are the most important key elements to losing weight and keeping it off. For some people, prescription weight loss medications can helppeople make the lifestyle changes necessary for successful weight loss. Nothing can replace the benefits of eating healthier and exercising more, but often times your doctor may prescribe you a medication that can help. Doctors typically prescribe these medications when your BMI is above 30, or if it is above 27 and you have a “co-morbid” condition like type 2 diabetes and/or high blood pressure. Some of the most common medications in this group include Phentermine, phendimetrazine, Qsymia, Belviq, and Contrave. You may click here for more information or read on to learn more about each of these medications.
Phentermine and phendimetrazine are stimulants which suppress appetite by affecting the central nervous system. Phentermine and phendimetrazine are a distant cousin of amphetamines and therefore may be habit forming. They should never be taken by someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Phentermine and phendimetrazine should be used together with diet and exercise and should not be taken simply as a drug to lose weight.
Belviq also affects specific chemicals in the brain that affect appetite, and is used in combination with diet and exercise to treat obesity. Belviq is approved for long term use, but it doesn’t work for everyone. According to the FDA, if you do not lose 5% of your weight after 12 weeks, you should stop taking Belviq because it is likely not working for you.
Contrave is a combination of bupropion (an antidepressant) and Naltrexone (an opioid antagonist). They are also used together with diet and exercise to combat obesity by suppressing appetite. Even though bupropion is an antidepressant, Contrave is not approved to treat depression and should only be used for weight loss as prescribed by your doctor.
Qsymia is a combination of Phentermine and Topiramate (a seizure medication), which is also used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity. Unlike phentermine which is only affective for about six to eight hours, Qsymia decreases appetite and cravings for twenty fours. Due to Qsymia containing Phentermine, it too may be habit forming and should not be taken by anyone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
All of these medications differ in the way that they decrease appetite, but one thing they have in common is that they are not solutions to the underlying cause of obesity. When taking these medications, you should also be making lifestyle changes that support diet and exercise. They can be very helpful in assisting weight loss as well as helping those who have trouble keeping the weight off after losing it. You should always take these medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor, and should always discuss your medical background with your doctor beforehand. As with any medication, you should always consult with your doctor and discuss the potential risks before taking them. These medications can interact with other medications and your doctor will need to know your current and past medications to properly prescribe you the most appropriate medication.
If you believe you may benefit from one of these prescription weight loss drugs and reside in Oregon, you may contact your local Portland weight loss clinic to discuss your options with an expert who can create a weight loss program tailored to your individual needs.