One of the strategies patients consider to support their weight loss journey is using a weight loss medication. Before meeting with a health care team to discuss weight loss options, it can be beneficial to understand your options.
Types of Medications
There are five medications approved by the FDA for weight loss. These medications work in different ways. Some work by suppressing appetite, and others work in the gut by decreasing the amount of fat absorbed or slowing down how quickly the stomach empties. The medications also have different potential side-effects, including change in mood, diarrhea or nausea.
Working with the right provider
If you are interested in weight loss medications, it is important to work with a provider with expertise prescribing these medications. They can help you determine which option is the best for you and go through side effects, interactions with other medications and possible benefits.
How Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Weight Management Program can help
Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Weight Management Program team can discuss more about medication options during a visit. You can learn more about Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Weight Management Program by calling 507-284-1600.