Weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge for all of us. The benefits of a weight loss can help prevent obesity associated issues such as Hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and Diabetes Mellitus. Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of > 30 are considered obese and those with a BMI between 25-29 are considered overweight. Dietary modifications, a decrease in daily calories, and cardiovascular exercise are key in losing those unwanted pounds. Decreasing daily calorie intake by 500-1000 calories may result in a decrease of 1-2 pounds a week.
When these lifestyle modifications do not result in adequate weight loss, it may be necessary to try prescription weight loss medications. These medications are typically reserved for adults with a BMI of > 30 or adults with a BMI of > 27 and obesity related chronic diseases such as Diabetes and Hypertension.
Qsymia and Contrave are two commonly prescribed weight loss medications at our office. Qsymia is a combination of two drugs, Phentermine and Topiramate. Currently, it is the most effective weight loss drugs available. Contrave is a newer weight loss medication that is a combination of Wellbutrin, an antidepressant and smoking cessation medication, and Naltrexone. Both medications aid in weight loss by suppressing the appetite. It is important to know that all prescription weight loss medications are not for the long term treatment of obesity and should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. So, if you are considering a weight loss medication to help shed those unwanted pounds, speak with your provider to determine if a weight loss medication is appropriate for you.