Medical Weight Loss in Morristown, New Jersey
Medications with Weight Loss
Obesity often requires long-term treatment to promote and sustain weight loss. Long-term use of prescription medications may be appropriate for some individuals.* Keep in mind that these drugs are not a cure-all. The use of weight-loss medications should be combined with physical activity and improved diet to lose and maintain weight successfully over the long term.*
Frequently Asked Questions
Using prescription drugs to treat obesity should be used as an option for the following individuals:
- People with a body mass index (BMI) > 30 with no obesity-related conditions.
- A person with a BMI of > 27 with two or more obesity-related conditions
Most available weight-loss* medications are "appetite-suppressant" medications. These include:
Appetite suppressants can be obtained by a doctor's prescription or purchased over the counter. Xenical, which is a prescription weight loss drug is a fat absorption inhibitor that works to block about 30%* of dietary fat from being absorbed, and is the most recently approved weight loss drug. Meridia and Xenical are the only weight-loss medications approved for longer-term use in significantly obese people, although the safety and effectiveness have not been established for use beyond 1 year.*
Appetite suppressants promote weight loss* by tricking the body into believing that it is not hungry or that it is full. They decrease appetite by increasing serotonin or catecholamine -- two brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite.
Fat-absorption inhibitors work by preventing* your body from breaking down and absorbing fat eaten with your meals. This unabsorbed fat is passed in bowel movements.
In general, Xenical and Meridia are moderately effective, leading to an average weight loss of 5 to 22 pounds over a 1 year period*, more than what would be expected with non-drug treatments. However, the response to these medications is based on each individual, and some people experience more weight loss than others.* Likewise, there is no one correct dose for these medications. Your doctor will decide what works best for you based on his or her evaluation of your medical condition and your response to treatment.
When considering the use of long-term weight-loss medication treatment for obesity, the following possible concerns and risks should be discussed with your doctor:
- Developed Tolerance
- Side Effects
Most appetite suppressants are used as a short-term treatment for people with obesity and may come with some unpleasant side effects, including not not limited to:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Excessive thirst
- Stuffy nose
Before receiving a prescription for weight loss medication, your doctor will ask you about the following
- Any existing allergies you may have
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- What types of other medications you may be taking
You will also discuss any medical conditions that you may have as these conditions can effect the use of the drugs.
- Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist of any questions that you have or do not understand.
- Do not take any more or less medicine than prescribed and do not take it more often than prescribed.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is close to when you are scheduled to take your next dose, simply skip the missed dose and proceed with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
- These medications should be kept in their original container, tightly sealed and away from children.
- They should be stored at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink).
- Any medication that is outdated or unused should be thrown away.
Here at Obesity Treatment Centers of New Jersey, not only do we offer Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Solutions*, but also a variety of treatment plans and evaluations that include:
- Comprehensive Nutritional Evaluation
- Body Composition Analysis
- Dietary Assessment and Plan
- Exercise Assessment and Plan
- Nutritional Counseling
- Comprehensive Dietary and Nutritional Follow up
- Liquid Diet Program
- Meal Replacement Program
*Results can vary for each patient and there is no guarantee of specific results