FDA Approved Medications For Obesity:
Phentermine (Adipex) is a CNS stimulant medication helps lose weight by curbing the sensation of hunger and also gives an energy boost that lasts all day.
Topiramate (Topamax) is a seizure medication that has a “side effect” of weight loss. This is in part thought to be a result of alteration of taste sensation where sweets lose their addictive taste.
Combination of topiramate & phentermine (Qsymia) is FDA approved for long term management of obesity.
70% of patients on Qsymia lost at least 5% of their weight compared with 20% in placebo group.
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor blockers that is used for its “side effect” of appetite supression.
Bupropion is the same depression medication that is used for Smoking Cessation (Zyban) and was widely marketed in 1970s as “Happy Skinny Pill”.
Combination of naltrexone/bupropion (Contrave) is FDA approved for weight loss.
In clinical studies women who took this medication lost 6.2% of their body weight, on average. Women in the placebo group lost 1.2%.
Trade name Belviq is antidepressant derived chemical that is approved by FDA for obesity management.
In clinical trials subjects on lorcaserin lost 12.9 lb (5.8 kg) compared with 5.6 lb (2.5 kg) with placebo.
Saxenda / Wegovy
Liraglutide(Saxenda) and Semaglutide(Wegovy) are injectable diabetes medications that are also FDA approved for weight loss treatment in patients who have at least one obesity related medical condition.
In clinical studies people on Saxenda lost an average of 18,5lb over 56 wks. vs. placebo group only lost 6lb.
*Please note that all of the above mentioned studies also involved placing all participants on diet & exercise program.
Is an ADHD medication that is also approved by FDA for moderate to severe binge eating disorder
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Diet & Exercise for Weight Loss
Many of our patients state “and i do not even eat that much…”
Yes. we understand that many times “what” you eat matters more than “how much” you eat.
Here are some of the more common diets that doctors are likely to recommend:
Low Carb Diet
Which Exercise Option Is The Best?
Results are produced only if the exercise routine is very frequent and regular.
This is why we recommend our patient do the exercise that they enjoy the most!
Weight Loss Surgical Options
Bariatric surgery is a medical weight loss option that produces striking weight loss sustained long term (5years+)
Basics of Bariatric Surgery:
AllCare refers patients to obesity surgery centers when certain criteria are met. Typically, in order to be eligible for bariatric surgery patients have to have BMI >40 or have BMI >35 plus comorbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, disabling knee pain etc… Most bariatric programs mandate approximately 6mo preoperative medical weight loss attempt and support / information sessions where candidates can learn first hand info from medical staff and patients who have already had the surgery.
Laporascopic Gastric Bypass
As the name suggests, during this surgery, food is rerouted to bypass most of the stomach / proximal duodenum and distal portion of the stomach is removed.
Laporascopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This surgery is the simplified version of the above with less anatomical alterations. During this operation, 80% of the stomach is stapled and removed.
Bariatric Surgery Results
The end result of both surgeries are anatomical changes that produce early satiety and profound weight loss of 80-120lb on average over the first year.
Remarkable 98% of obesity related diabetes is cured after these surgeries
This weight lost also cures or significantly improves the preexisting sleep apnea, hypertension, knee pain and much more.
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