Weight Loss Medications

For many individuals who struggle to lose weight, weight loss medications provide much needed support and a push in the right direction. Losing weight with diet and exercise alone can be difficult, making prescription weight loss medications a useful component in the weight loss regimens of many patients.

Weight loss medication should only be used under the supervision of a medical professional like Dr. Liu and should be employed in conjunction with a comprehensive weight loss program that combines the diet, exercise and lifestyle changes necessary for long-term weight loss success.

Dr. Liu can assist you in choosing and developing a weight loss program that is right for you and can determine which weight loss medications, if any, will be most appropriate for your individual needs.

Why use weight loss medications?

Obesity is a serious health condition that is best addressed with the support of a medical professional. If left untreated, obesity can result in numerous comorbid conditions, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis

Some weight loss medications work by suppressing hunger while others alter your body’s metabolism, making it much easier to lose weight. They are typically only recommended for short term use and patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. In patients who have a BMI below 30, weight loss medications may be a useful tool in fighting obesity-related diseases.

Dr. Liu will perform a number of tests to evaluate your personal health and individual needs before determining whether or not weight loss medication will be effective and safe. Dr. Liu may also prescribe medication to combat insulin resistance and hormone deficiency, which can slow weight loss if left untreated.

Though many different kinds are available, Dr. Liu may prescribe the following forms of FDA-approved weight loss medication:

  • Appetite Suppressants. By affecting the chemicals in your brain, prescription appetite suppressants are able to make you feel full more quickly while eating fewer calories. Reducing feelings of hunger will make it easier to adhere to a calorie-controlled weight loss program, allowing you to lose weight by eating less overall. This makes eating a nutritional diet especially important while using appetite suppressants, as you will need to ensure that your body is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs while consuming fewer calories. If prescribed appetite suppressants, Dr. Liu may also recommend the use of dietary supplements.
  • Fat Absorption Inhibitors. Also known as a “fat blocker,” these inhibitors work by preventing the absorption of fat in the digestive tract. Combined with a low-calorie diet, fat absorption inhibitors encourage weight loss by reducing the overall amount of fat your body takes in. Because maintaining a nutritional diet is crucial while using fat absorption inhibitors, it may be necessary to utilize dietary supplements.

Dietary Supplements

For help with weight management and proper nutrition while prescribed weight loss medications, Dr. Liu may recommend the use of dietary supplements. These may be used alone or in conjunction with weight loss medications and provide safe, natural and side-effect free weight loss support.

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