Weight Loss Drugs
FDA Approved Medications That Aid in Weight Loss
(These medication descriptions are written for lay persons and not designed to be a source of information for medical professionals)
Phentermine: A stimulant that has appetite suppressing side effects. In works in the brain by telling the hypothalamus to tell you that you are not hungry. Phentermine has been around since 1959 and is one of the most effective weight loss medications we have available to us as seen over time. Phentermine is taken once a day.
Phendimetrazine: Causes two neurotransmitters to be released in the brain that stimulates the brain at the hunder center telling your body you are not hungry. Phendimetrazine is taken three times a day.
Topirmate: Also known as Topamax was first used as an anti-seizure medication and then an anti-migraine medication . It was observed that patients who were put on it for these things would lose weight, so a study was done combining it with Phentermine and patients loss a significant amount of weight. The exact action for weight loss in Topirmate is not known.
Saxenda: Is a daily injection that is used causes increased insulin release and slows down the movement of food leaving your stomach which leaves you with a prolonged sense of feeling full. It is marketed under a different name and at a smaller dose for diabetics for which it is called Vicotza.
Contrave: Is a Combination of two medications, the first is the anti-depressant Wellbuterin and the second is Naltrexone. Both medications have been shown to cause some weight loss and when combined they work together. Wellbuterin works in the brain to cause a loss of appetite and increased energy output. Naltrexone works to block opiate receptors and is thought to make the Wellbuterin more effective.
Belviq: is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor similar to many anti-depressants. It targets specific neuro-transmitters that give you a sense of satiety (that you are full) and of wellbeing.
Qsymia: Is a combination of Phentermine and Topiramate. Phentermine acts as an appetite suppressant and stimulant. Topiramate is an anticonvulsant that has weight loss side effects.
Medications are not a requirement for any weight loss program, many of our patients find them helpful especially those who have tried without medicine before but had a rebound weight gain. Upon deciding that you want to participate in the New Genesis program you will meet with a medical provider who will discuss medication options with you and help you make an informed decision about the use of medication in your weight loss program.