Making health lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, are a part of nearly every weight loss journey. But in some cases, patients struggle to lose weight through lifestyle changes alone. The information below outlines the basics of weight loss medications to help you determine if medication is an option to help you meet your goals.
Determining if medications are an option
Doctors will consider weight-loss medications for you if you have a certain body mass index (BMI), doctors may consider weight-loss medications. Medication is an option for patients who have a BMI:
Finding the right medication
Multiple medications are available, and before selecting a medication for you, your doctor will consider your health history, possible drug side effects and potential interactions with medications you're already taking. It is also important to note that weight-loss drugs are not for everyone. For example, women who are pregnant, nursing or trying to become pregnant should not take weight loss medications.
Continuing your wellness journey
Weight loss medications are a tool to assist weight loss but are not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Even if you start a weight loss medication, you will need to continue your journey to create health diet and exercise habits.
Monitoring your medication
Your medical provider will need to see you regularly to ensure that:
Additionally, the weight loss medication dose may need to be adjusted overtime and/or you may need to be on the medication long term. Therefore, when considering a weight loss medication, you need to consider the time commit of lifestyle changes and clinic appointments.