One of the most popular New Year's resolutions each year is about health and weight loss. This spring, make sure you're on track with your goals and resolutions, while also remembering your health every step of the way. There are many drugs on the market that can help you lose weight, but it's important that these are used as part of a whole-life plan. Your weight loss plan should include behavioral changes healthy nutrition, in addition to any necessary medications that your doctor prescribes.
Orlistat works in the gut to decrease the amount of fat absorbed by your body from the food you eat. It is used to treat overweight and obesity in adults and children 12 and up.
Phentermine-Topiramate is a combination medication which reduces appetite and urges associated with appetite and treats migraine headaches. It is safe only for adult use.
Lorcaserin is used to help adults feel fuller and satisfied from smaller amount of food. It works by affecting serotonin in the brain.
Liraglutide is used to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity in adults. It works to help patients feel fuller sooner when eating small amounts.
Naltrexone-Bupropion is a combination medication used to help with smoke cessation and alcohol dependence as well as to lessen depression. For weight loss, this medication may help patients feel less hungry and less dependent on food.
It's important that your doctor understands your medical history before prescribing you a medication or treating a condition or symptoms. When your doctor prescribes a medication, keep in mind the benefits of the medication likely outweigh the side effects, but side effects will be present. With a medication such as these, you may experience side effects including: constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, headache, dry mouth, and more. You should always read everything provided by your pharmacist and physician and follow directions exactly. Do not stop, start, or change the dosage of this or any other prescription medication without the direction of a doctor. Talk over your diet or exercise plan with your doctor to give yourself the best chance of weight loss.
Healthy Diet - Check out Choose My Plate and any resources your doctor's office provides. If you have a special diet either for religious reasons or personal reasons, make sure you're taking in enough essential vitamins and nutrients.
Exercise Plan - The NIH Body Weight Planner is a great place to start when you're on the weight loss journey. Determining your activity level, caloric intake, goals, and timeline are essential in weight loss. Your current weight and body type may determine what type of exercises you are able to do.
Counseling - Your doctor may recommend counseling or group therapy that might provide support and behavior changes that support weight loss. Weight loss is more effective and permanent when accompanied with a support system and new, healthy habits.