Weight loss medications review by a weight loss doctor


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Weight loss medications review by a weight loss doctor and founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America, Dr Prab R. Tumpati, MD.

Prescription medications Approved for Obesity Treatment

New weight loss medications
* Belviq
* Qsymia
* Saxenda
* Contrave

Traditional weight loss medications
• phentermine
• benzphetamine
• diethylpropion
• phendimetrazine

This is an depth review of the various weight loss medications, side effects, and how then stack up for weight loss. This review was done before the FDA approval of Saxenda and Contrave. Of all the weight loss medications including the new Contrave and Saxenda, the combination of Phentermine and Topiramate (Qsymia) has one of the most effective data for weight loss!

W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program is a medical weight loss program designed for people who are serious about losing weight and gaining control of their health. As we understand the true causes of weight gain including insulin resistance that contributes overeating and sugar cravings, sleep disorders, nutritional and hormonal factors etc, we will be able to design a customized weight loss plan that is right for you. More over, since most weight loss programs accept health insurance for weight loss physician visits, you can now lose weight without spending a fortune under careful medical supervision!
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Weight loss medications review by a weight loss doctor

  1. 1. Weight loss medications A review of weight loss medication by a weight loss doctor Prab R. Tumpati, MD Founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America
  2. 2. What are the best ways to lose weight fast and safe?  If you are a bit overweight or obese and would like to learn about the proven weight loss measures, you are at the right place.  There are about 5 proven measures to lose weight that is based on science although there are thousands of products sold in the name of weight loss.  These measures can be divided in to prescriptive and non prescriptive weight loss measures. 
  3. 3.   Obesity is treated using one or more of these strategies: 1.A diet low in calories using Low Calorie Diets (LCD's) or Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) 2.Increased physical activity most effectively with diet low in calories as exercise alone is not that useful for weight loss 3.Intensive Behavior Therapy(IBT) by a trained obesity medicine physician 4.Prescription medications such as Phentermine, the new weight loss drug Qsymia, or other medications 5.Weight-loss bariatric surgery which shrinks the stomach and forces you to have a Low Calorie Diet
  4. 4. Prescription weight loss medications  Let us first learn about the prescriptive measures for weight loss.  Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity  Obesity is implicated in over 50 medical conditions and costs the nation over 600 billion dollars in direct and indirect costs, if you take in to consideration the cost of preventable medical problems that obesity causes.
  5. 5. VLCD and LCD diet for weight loss  If you are struggling with weight, you may want to find ways to lose weight including weight loss or appetite suppressant medications.  In combination with a very low calorie (VLCD) or low calorie diet(LCD), these weight loss medications can help you lose weight fast under careful medical supervision.
  6. 6. How do these weight loss medications work?     Prescription medications for the treatment of obesity work in many ways. Some weight loss medications may help suppress the hunger when they are called appetite suppressants such as Phentermine or Adipex. This class of weight loss medications will make you feel less hungry or make you feel full sooner. There are a few weight loss medications such as the over the counter weight loss medication Alli or the prescription strentgth Xenical but these tend to cause a lot of gastrointestinal side effects as we would learn later.
  7. 7. Weight loss medications for fast weight loss   Although US Food and drug Administration (FDA) that approves prescription medications for treating specific health problems traditionally used to say these weight loss medications are for short term use, they recently changed their thinking and now recognize obesity as a long term medical condition, just like high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol problems etc. Therefore, we now have atleast three weight loss medications — orlistat(Xenical), lorcaserin(Belviq), and phentermine-topiramate((Qsymia), approved for longterm use.
  8. 8. Fast weight loss medications    Other weight-loss medications that curb appetite are only approved by the FDA for short-term use (a few weeks), but some doctors prescribe them for longer periods. Most of these weight loss medications are only approved for use by adults although Orlistat is approved for children ages 12 and older. Please note that any of these Weight loss medications should never be used during pregnancy or for those women who are thinking about becoming pregnant.
  9. 9. Weight loss medication Alli Review        Orlistat (Xenical and Alli) The medication orlistat, sold under the brand name Xenical (pronounced ZEN-i-cal), has been available since 1999. It is approved for use by adults and children ages 12 and older. The over-the-counter version of orlistat is sold under the brand name Alli. The two medications contain different amounts of orlistat. Xenical contains 120 mg, while Alli contains 60 mg. Alli is not approved for use by children.
  10. 10. How does Alli work?     Orlistat will stop about one-third of the fat from the food you eat from being digested. It does so by blocking the enzyme lipase, which breaks down fat. When fat is not broken down, the body cannot absorb it, so fewer calories are taken in. After 1 or 2 years of taking orlistat, patients may lose about 5 to 7 pounds.
  11. 11. Side effects of Alli     Common side effects of orlistat include stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and leakage of oily stool. These side effects are generally mild and temporary, but may be worse when you eat high-fat foods. You should eat a low-fat diet (less than 30 percent of calories from fat) before starting to take this medication. Because orlistat prevents some vitamins from being absorbed, you should take a multivitamin while using orlistat.
  12. 12. Prescription weight loss medications Prescription medications Approved for Obesity Treatment include the following weight loss drugs.  These medications are to be used under the care of trained obesity medicine physician such as the W8MD medical weight loss centers of Americas weight loss doctors 
  13. 13. Xenical for weight loss        Weight loss medication name: Orlistat OTC version: Over-the-counter version sold as Alli and to be used in adults only Prescription Xenical: adults and children ages 12 and older Mechanism of action: Blocks some of the fat that you eat, keeping it from being absorbed by your body. Common side effects: Stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and leakage of oily stools. Note: Rare cases of severe liver injury reported. Should not be taken with cyclosporine.
  14. 14. Belviq for weight loss      Weight loss medication name: Lorcaserin (Belviq) Indicated in: Adults only Mechanism of action: Acts on the serotonin receptors in the brain. This may help you eat less and feel full after eating smaller amounts of food. Common side effects: Headaches, dizziness, feeling tired, nausea, dry mouth, cough, and constipation. Contraindications: Should not be taken with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) medications.
  15. 15. Weight loss medication Qsymia    Weight loss medication Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia) Indicated in Adults dealing with obesity / overweight with a BMI of 27, plus comobid conditions or BMI of over 30. Composition: this is a mixture of two medications, phentermine (suppresses your appetite and curbs your desire to eat) and topiramate (used to treat seizures or migraine headaches). May make you feel full and make foods taste less appealing.
  16. 16. Qsymia weight loss medication     Mechanism of action: Tingling of hands and feet, dizziness, taste alterations (particularly with carbonated beverages), trouble sleeping, constipation, and dry mouth. Note: Sold only through certified pharmacies. MAY LEAD TO BIRTH DEFECTS. DO NOT TAKE QSYMIA IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR PLANNING A PREGNANCY. W8MD medical weight loss centers of America has extensive experience with both Qsymia and the generic combination of low dose Phentermine and Topiramate for safe and effective weight loss.
  17. 17. Other weight loss medications       0ther appetite suppressant medications (medications that curb your desire to eat), include phentermine (Adipex) benzphetamine (Didrex) diethylpropion (Tenuate) phendimetrazine (Bontril) Among these types of medications, phentermine is the one used most often in the United States and W8MD medical weight loss centers of America can offer these to eligible patients after evaluation by one of our trained obesity medicine physicians available in New York City, Greater Philadelphia and other places.
  18. 18. Side effects of weight loss medications   Common side effects of appetite suppressants include dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, headache, feeling nervous, feeling restless, upset stomach, and diarrhea or constipation. Severe side effects may include chest pain, fainting, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, confusion, and swelling in your ankles or feet. People with heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland, or glaucoma should not use these medications. These medications are controlled substances because of their potential for abuse and have to supervised by a trained obesity medicine physician such as the W8MD medical weight loss centers of America’s weight loss doctors.
  19. 19. Conclusion    In combination with a Very Low Calorie Diet or Low Calorie Diet, these weight loss medications can help you lose weight and keep the hunger at bay! W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program is a medical weight loss and sleep wellness program for people who are serious about losing weight and gaining control of their health. We understand that losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people and a physician trained in the new field of Obesity Medicine can help. That is why we are committed to our proven approach to medical weight loss using evidence based non surgical methods. We want to give you all the tools you need to succeed in losing weight fast and safe in New York City.
  20. 20.  W8MD medical weight loss centers has helped patients achieve their goals by using a proven four-step method for safe weight loss:  a physician-supervised diet and weight loss medication, a personally structured and administered exercise program, comprehensive behavior therapy, and ongoing weight maintenance support.   
  21. 21. How W8MD medical weight loss centers in New York or Greater Philadelphia help?    We can help you achieve long-lasting weight loss without feeling constantly hungry and deprived. When you resent your weight loss plan because you feel constantly hungry, it is much more difficult to maintain any significant lifelong changes. When you feel hungry, you are biologically driven to eat, and diet plans that force you to fight that biological impulse can be difficult to maintain. At W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program, we want to help you achieve lasting weight loss results and make changes that will keep you healthy for a lifetime.
  22. 22. About W8MD   W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program is dedicated to individualized, affordable treatment and as one of the very physician supervised medical weight loss programs to accept most health insurances for the weight loss physician visits. Our non-surgical medical weight loss program is based on the latest medical research and utilizes proven methods to lose weight rapidly and keep it off for a lifetime.
  23. 23. Our weight loss doctor   The founder and medical director of W8MD New York and Philadelphia locations, Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, is a highly trained and respected physician with training in Obesity Medicine, in addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine, and is well versed in the medical treatment of overweight and obesity. Dr. Tumpati oversees all our patients and helps customize their individual weight loss treatments. We are committed to helping you lose weight as safely and efficiently as possible.
  24. 24. Contact Us  You can contact us at 1(800)W8MD-007 or visit us online at http://www.w8md.com
  25. 25. Our weight loss blogs and additional resources for weight loss w8md.com  philadelphiamedicalweightloss.com  nycmedicalweightloss.com  polytechsleepservices.com  slumberservices.com  pinterest.com  facebook.com 
  26. 26. Weight loss blogs w8md.tumblr.com  twitter.com  freeweightlossdoctor.wordpress.com  plus.google.com  yelp.com  quora.com  linkedin.com 
  27. 27. Weight loss blogs          storify.com foursquare.com zocdoc.com yelp.com merchantcircle.com instagram.com youtube.com vimeo.com weightmd.blogspot.com