Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Prescription Weight-Loss Drugs

Weight-loss drugs are used if you have serious health problems because of your weight, and dieting hasn't worked for you, they can be an option.  Prescription weight-loss drugs don't replace the need to make healthy changes in your eating habits and activity level.  Candidates for weight-loss drugs are generally for people who haven't been able to lose weight through diet and exercise.  Also for people who have health problems due to their weight.  These drugs are not for people who want to lose a few pounds for cosmetic reasons.  Your physician may consider weight-loss drugs if you have no contraindications (reasons medically why you shouldn't take the drugs) and:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30.  This means that more than 30% of your body is fat. 
  • Your BMI is greater than 27 and you have a serious medical problem related to obesity, such as diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure).
I recommend that a person should actually go to a specialist (Bariataric), where their only practice is the diet, nutrition, exercise, and weight-loss drugs.  This is just my option.  
Before selecting a medication for you, your doctor will consider your health history, possible side effects, and potential interaction with medications your are already taking.  When combined with a low-calorie diet and exercise, weight-loss drugs can produce and average weight-loss of 5 to 10% of your total body weight within a year.  This is considered a typical weight-loss goal.  The diet and exercise play a part in this weight-loss, as well as the medication.  Even modest weight-loss can improve your health by:

  • Decreasing blood pressure.
  • Decreasing lipid (fat in your blood) levels.
  • Decreasing blood glucose (sugar in your blood) levels.
  • Increasing insulin (what helps balance out the sugar in your blood and body) sensitivity.
All of the medications do not work for everyone, so sometimes, you might have to go through a few with your doctor before finding the right one for you.  When stopping these you are likely to gain the weight back, so a lot of specialists will put you on a maintenance program.  This is a low level of the medication just to keep your weight at the same level.  It is also true that if you lose weight slower, you are more likely to keep the weight off.  This is not a myth, it is due to the fact that if you lose it fast your metabolism cannot catch up with your body's weight, which means you are more likely to gain it back.  Stay Informed!


  1. If your body is overweight and you face a lot of problems due to your weight then after you can take help of weight loss drugs with doctor's prescription. Weight loss drugs are the last option to lose your weight when you are not able to lose your weight by exercising and dieting.

    1. I agree. Some people do get to the point of having to use that last resort and I wanted them to have the information on it.