Thanks to weight loss medications, it’s possible to complement healthy lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to shed pounds. At Advanced Surgeons, the expert bariatric surgeons regularly prescribe weight loss medications to help people achieve (and maintain) their weight loss goals. To make an appointment at the office in Valhalla, Carmel, or Poughkeepsie, New York, call the nearest office today or schedule online.
Weight loss medications are prescription drugs that help you shed pounds and keep them off. It can be challenging to lose weight, even if you eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly. Weight loss medications help speed up the process, ensuring you achieve your desired results.
Advanced Surgeons regularly prescribe several types of weight loss medication, including:
Liraglutide is a prescription drug that stimulates your body to produce insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. It also makes you feel fuller after meals, so you don’t crave snacks throughout the day.
Your Advanced Surgeons provider might recommend lorcaserin if you’re participating in the medical weight loss program. Lorcaserin is a serotonin receptor antagonist that affects the part of your brain that controls appetite. Following meals, you feel fuller, so you don’t crave snacks.
Naltrexone and bupropion help regulate your appetite. Naltrexone tells your brain that your body isn’t hungry, eliminating the desire to overeat. Over time, these drugs help you form healthy eating habits, making it easy to lose weight once and for all.
Phentermine is a prescription drug that activates the “fight or flight” response in your sympathetic nervous system. That process decreases your appetite, causing you to lose weight over time.
To determine the type of weight loss medication that most benefits you, your Advanced Surgeons provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your health history, and asks about your goals.
Afterward, they order a series of laboratory screenings, including blood work, urinalysis, and kidney tests, to assess your health and metabolism. They use your results to determine the medication that best aligns with your needs.
The length of time you need to take a specific weight loss medication depends on several factors. Some medications are meant to be taken for 12 weeks or less and help jumpstart the weight loss process. Others are prescribed long-term to help you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
If you’re trying to lose weight before bariatric surgery, the time frame varies since you need to reach a specific weight before you can undergo the procedure.
To learn more about the different types of weight loss medication, make an appointment at Advanced Surgeons. Call the nearest office today or click the online booking feature.