Medications help you lose weight by:
Helping you feel less hungry. Helping you become full faster. Increasing your control over cravings, urges, and stress eating.
“Anti-obesity” medications–previously known as weight loss medications–send signals to your brain changing your hunger, fullness, cravings and other eating behaviors.
Glucagon-like-protein-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 ra’s) are the newest. Originally discovered to treat Type 2 Diabetes, they decrease your food intake and improve metabolism of your food into energy instead of into fat. You get full faster, stay full longer, and have less hunger. By slowing the rate your stomach empties, this drug helps you feel full much faster and easier. This sensation may cause you to feel nauseated, but learning to eat slowly and taking smaller portions leads to success!
HUNGRY? Medications decreasing your hunger include: Phentermine (Adipex) family, these are sympathomimetics (mimic adrenalin), Seizure and headache medicines such as Topiramate(Topamax) and Zonisamide (Zonegren), and the newest hunger controlling medication GLP-1 receptor agonists mentioned above–Liraglutide (Saxenda) and Semaglutide (Wegovy).
NEVER FULL? Medications increasing fullness include the Adipex group, a combination drug known as Qsymia (Phentermine plus Topiramate), a combination drug known as Contrave (Bupropion and Naltrexone), and newest is the GLP-1 ra group.
STRESS, BOREDOM, EMOTIONAL and even BINGE EATING? This is helped by the Adipex group, seizure medicines, Contrave, and Vyvanse (ADHD medication).
INCREASED metabolism is a potential effect of the Adipex group (phentermine and others) and GLP-1 ra (Saxenda/Wegovy).
Highly effective but expensive, the GLP-1 receptor agonists come in 2 formulations, a daily injection (Saxenda) and a weekly injection (Wegovy). Both use a tiny needle about the width of a human hair and many people do not even feel the needle stick. When I demonstrated it, I had to ask if the needle was in my skin since I could not feel it!
WANT ANOTHER OPTION? A new medication/device is Plenity. It is taken twice daily 20 minutes before meals with water . It fills much of your stomach with a safe dissolvable fiber and decreases the amount you are able to eat.
Go to a medical professional who treats you respectfully, helps you learn skills and behavior changes to increase your health, and provides you the tools and support to minimize weight regain. An Obesity Medicine Specialist is focused on nutrition and physical activity education along with individualized behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions. They compassionately work with you to address your health needs using the safest, most effective treatment for you.