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Weight Loss Medications for Medical Weight Loss

What is it?

Medications used in weight management are in several different classes. The decision on which is best for the individual is best done by an Obesity/Weight Management Specialist Physician such as Dr. Kerendian. There are many options that are used safely & appropriately off-label and others are FDA approved for Obesity or medical weight management. The right medication must be tailor prescribed to the individual patient based on appropriate history/discussion and medical lab testing.

Below is just a brief list of some medications names that are considered for use by Obesity Physicians in evaluation of their patients:

  • Semaglutide
  • Ozempic
  • Wegovy
  • Mounjaro
  • Tirzepatide
  • Phentermine
  • Phentermine-Topiramate
  • Qsymia
  • Adipex
  • Phendimetrazine
  • Diethylpropion
  • Tenuate
  • Bontril
  • Anorex
  • Liraglutide
  • Saxenda
  • Trulicity
  • Victoza
  • Natrexone-Bupripion
  • Contrave
  • Orlistat
  • Xenical
  • Lorcaserin
  • Belviq
  • Metformin
  • Setmelanotide
  • Sibutramine
  • Bupripion
  • Wellbutrin
  • Glucophage
  • Topamax

Appetite suppressants vs Lipase inhibitors vs GLP 1 agonist vs Neurotransmitter modulaters vs combination medications vs other classes. Do they work?

People respond differently to weight-loss medications, and some people experience more weight loss than others. Weight-loss medications lead to an average weight loss of 5 to 22 pounds more than what you might lose with non-drug obesity treatments. Some patients using medication lose more than 10 percent of their starting body weight. Maximum weight loss usually occurs within 6 months of starting medication treatment.

Over the short term, weight loss in individuals who are obese may reduce a number of health risks. Studies have found that weight loss with some medications improves blood pressure, blood cholesterol, triglycerides (fats), and insulin resistance (the body’s inability to use blood sugar). New research suggests that long-term use of weight-loss medications may help individuals keep off the weight they have lo

Weight-loss medications should always be combined with a program of healthy eating and regular physical activity.