Medications Used for Weight Loss
There are numerous medications approved by the Federal Drug Administration for weight loss. For some individuals, prescription weight loss drugs may be indicated. When diet and lifestyle changes alone aren't enough, weight loss medications might give you the extra help you need. They are usually prescribed if your BMI is 30 or higher, or at least 27 and you have a health conditin related to your weight. Weight loss medications have been found to be helpful for indivuduals who have already had weight loss surgery, and have not lost enough weight, or have experienced some weight regain. Just remember, you'll still need to focus on diet and exercise while taking these drugs.
Qsymia is a once-daily combination of two medications: phentermine and topiramate ER. The precise mechanism of action of Qsymia is unknown. It should not be used in individuals who are pregnant or have certain health conditions.
Belviq (lorcaserin) is a medication designed to work by targeting a hunger receptor in the brain to help you feel full longer. It is taken twice daily. It should not be used in individuals who are pregnant or have certain health conditions.
Phentermine works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland, the part of the brain that regulates appetite. It is usually taken once daily. It should not be used in individuals who are pregnant or have certain health conditions.
Contrave is a combination of two medications: naltrexone HCl and buproprion HCl. It should not be used in individuals who are pregnant or have certain health conditions.
There are other medications that your healthcare provider might want to prescribe for you to assist with weight loss. Always consult your healthcare provider before taking any drugs, including over-the-counter preparations, for weight loss.