Weight loss is not easy. If you’ve struggled with diets in the past and found yourself giving up because you felt hungry or deprived, you may be a good candidate for FDA-approved prescription weight loss medications. FDA-approved weight loss medications are used as a tool to help decrease hunger and cravings in conjunction with nutritional counseling to help you reach and maintain a healthier weight. Prescription weight loss drugs are not meant to be used indefinitely but are used to give you time to focus on developing healthy lifestyle habits. In conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet, increased physical activity and nutritional counseling, weight loss medication has been shown to help patients with their weight loss goals.
Are Prescription Weight Loss Medications Right For Me?
Prescription weight loss medications are not appropriate for everybody. Weight loss medications are typically prescribed for obese patients who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise alone or for those who are overweight and are suffering from serious weight-related illnesses, like diabetes. Prescription weight loss drugs are not intended for cosmetic weight loss. Patients must be over the age of 18 and also meet one of the following Body Mass Index requirements:
- Have a BMI of 30 or greater, or
- Have a BMI of 27 or more with at least one weight-related medical condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol
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The clinical team will review your individual medical history and will want to know about any other medications you’re taking. The New Jersey Bariatric Center® doctor will also talk to you about possible side effects of the medications so you can make an informed decision. The doctor will use this clinical review to help determine which FDA-approved weight loss medication is best for you.
Weight Loss Results
In clinical trials, patients who followed a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity while taking a prescription weight loss medication lost 5-10 percent of their total body weight in one year. Weight loss results varied depending on the medication type, dosage, adherence to diet and other factors. If you decide that a prescription weight loss drug is right for you, your New Jersey Bariatric Center® doctor will help you set a healthy weight loss goal and measure your progress toward achieving that goal. Regular followup visits with your New Jersey Bariatric Center® doctor and dietitian will allow the clinicians to make adjustments to medications and give nutritional support and guidance where needed.
The New Jersey Bariatric Center® Difference
Any primary care doctor can prescribe weight loss medications, but only New Jersey Bariatric Center® has a complete multi-disciplinary program to address your weight management and lifestyle goals. New Jersey Bariatric Center’s® staff is trained in the treatment of the obese and overweight patient, so you never have to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed discussing your weight. Our waiting and exam rooms are designed with the overweight patient in mind. Our team of registered dietitians and psychologists support you through your entire journey and beyond.