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Weight Loss Medications

Through our comprehensive program, many individuals have lost well in excess of 20% of their initial body weight using a combination of appetite suppressants and a Low Calorie Diet, while eating just regular grocery store foods prepared at home or by dining out.
Oksana Aron, M.D.

Phentermine, Phendimetrazine

Several safe and effective prescription medicines and natural supplements can be used to suppress hunger and add support to your diet and lifestyle. Appetite suppressants work, and can be very useful in kick-starting a diet. They also increase your metabolism, and your energy level. Overall, weight loss medications have been shown to increase weight loss by 50-100%. Individual results vary, specific results cannot be guaranteed.

Along with a wide variety of vitamins and natural appetite suppressants are prescription diet pills. Weight loss medications have great efficacy, as clinically proven and regulated by the U.S. FDA.

There is no magic bullet for weight loss. Medication is a tool to assist in the weight loss process. In our practice, medications are prescribed only in conjunction with following a sensible calorie controlled nutrition diet. Taking medication while eating sensibly will greatly enhance the efficacy of the medication. They are many different medications to assist with the process, just as there are many different tools in a toolbox. You need to find the right tool for the right job. Dr. Aron must evaluate you to see what treatment program would be most appropriate for you.

FDA-Approved weight loss medications

Weight Loss Medications and (Brand names)
NameMechanismFDA Approval
Phentermine Hydrochloride (Apidex-P, Fastin, Ionamin) appetite suppressant 1959
Diethylpropion Hydrochloride (Tenuate, Tenuate dospan) appetite suppressant 1959
Phendimetrazine Tartrate (Bontril) appetite suppressant 1982
Orlistat (Xenical) lipase inhibitor 1999
Phentermine with Topiramate (Qsymia¹,³) appetite suppressant 2012
Naltrexone HCl and Bupropion HCl (Contrave²) appetite suppressant 2014
Liraglutide, Liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection (Saxenda²) insulin, glucagon 2014

Prescription Appetite Suppressants

Prescription weight loss pills are FDA-approved medications rather than supplements. They have a pretty solid background in their use as a way to lose weight and struggle obesity. There are several types of prescription weight loss pills according to the method of losing weight and solving relative tasks:

Appetite Suppressants

The most commonly used type of pills. They decrease our appetite or signal our brain to feel full, via different methods. That affection results in less consumption of food and thus losing weight. The most known appetite suppressant is Phentermine.

Lipase Inhibitors

Weight loss pills with lipase inhibitors as a primary component are blocking the enzyme lipase which breaks down dietary fat. This prevents fat from being absorbed by our body and calorie intake reduces. Xenical is an example.

Prescription weight loss pills: What are the benefits?

The benefits of using prescription weight loss pills differ from person to person. The positive side is that usually doctors can monitor its effects on patients.

Studies have found that in many cases of obesity treatment an average weight loss was 5 to 22 pounds more comparing to non-medication treatment of obesity. The average weight loss maximum reached 6 month after starting of taking these pills.

Another result of taking prescription weight loss pills is reducing risks concerned with obesity. As studies have found, prescription pills improved cholesterol level, blood pressure, fats level and resistance of insulin

The most important benefit of this type of weight loss pills — FDA control. FTC is also monitoring and regulating spreading of weight loss medications, providing customers with necessary information on weight loss products.

Prescription Weight Loss FAQ

Answers

Do you prescribe weight loss medications? Which ones?

If you are struggling to lose weight and believe you can use the extra support provided by appetite suppressant medications and if they are appropriate for you medically you may choose to take them, but you are not obligated to take them. It is a very personal and individualized decision which should be discussed with the physician. Generally speaking, weight loss medications have great efficacy. There is no magic bullet for weight loss. Medication is a tool to assist in the weight loss process. In our practice, medications are prescribed only in conjunction with following a sensible calorie controlled nutritional diet. Taking medication while eating sensibly will greatly enhance the efficacy of the medication. There are many different medications to assist with the process, just as there are many different tools in a toolbox. You need to find the right tool for the right job. We’d have to evaluate you to see what medication would be most appropriate for you and you will be carefully screened for any contraindications.

Dr Aron works with many different medications including Phentermine, Phendimetrazine, and Diethylpropion. Adipex, Bontril, Ionamine, Tenuate — See complete table above)

Is the medication that you use considered safe?

Yes, any weight loss medications we prescribe are U.S. FDA approved and fully endorsed by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. Moreover we recommend top of the line products, vitamins, and supplements. We adhere to methods that are both clinically proven and safe and effective for weight loss.

Can medications replace physical activity or changes in eating habits as a way to lose weight?

No, the use of appetite suppressant medications to treat obesity should be combined with physical activity and improved diet to lose and maintain weight successfully over the long term.

Are weight loss medications right for me?

Dr. Aron will look at a number of factors to determine if you are a good candidate for prescription appetite suppressant medication treatment of obesity. She will determine how overweight you are and where your body fat is distributed. If you have been unable to lose weight or maintain weight loss with non-drug treatment, she may recommend that you use prescription appetite suppressant medications.

Weight Loss Consultation

Dr. Aron also will:

  • Take a careful medical history and perform a physical examination.
  • Look at your personal weight history.
  • Ask whether you have relatives with illnesses related to overweight, such as non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or heart disease.
  • Discuss the methods you have used to lose weight in the past.
  • Evaluate your risk for obesity-related health problems by measuring your blood pressure and doing blood tests.
Considerations

It is important that you notify Dr. Aron if you have any of the following conditions or circumstances apply to you:

  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding.
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • History of an eating disorder.
  • History of depression or manic depressive disorder.
  • Use of MAO inhibitors or antidepressant medications.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Diabetes.
  • Heart disease or heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Planning on surgery that requires general anesthesia.

Schedule an appointment with Dr Aron, weight loss physician. The doctor reviews her assessment based on your weight and height, medical history, family history, and your lifestyle. If further workup is required doctor will discuss details with you prior to performing any tests on you or starting you on any medications.

Why might medications be necessary?

Several safe and effective prescription medicines and natural supplements can be used to suppress hunger and add support to your diet and lifestyle. Appetite suppressants do work, and can be very useful in kick-starting your weight loss. They also increase your metabolism, and your energy level. Prescription medications, for example, have been shown to increase weight loss by 50-100%.

The use of certain vitamins as catalysts involved with fat metabolism is an important part of our program.

Your physical examination and blood studies will reveal much of the information your physician will need in prescribing for your weight problem. Your progress will be watched carefully and re-evaluated by your physician in future appointments.

What if I want to be on a more natural diet without medications?

Dr. Aron offers a range of choices, some include medication and others do not. She will design a program with your wishes in mind that will enhance your success. We also can provide you with natural appetite suppressants if it is necessary.

Healthy Weight Loss Practices

A former patient shares his weight loss success with Dr Aron. Find out why he was motivated to lose the weight and his experiences of his health and well-being before and after his weight loss.