Free Weight Loss Drug Guide for You and Your Physician

Weight Loss Drug Guide

Are you considering asking your physician for a prescription weight loss drug to help you with your weight loss efforts? If so, then read on and discover where you can find a new guide reviewed and published by The Endocrine Society about what weight loss medications you and your physician should consider for treating your obesity.

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You have tried both exercise and dieting, but with limited success toward successful weight loss. Perhaps now is the time to consider adding prescription weight loss drugs to supplement your weight loss efforts. That, is the recent recommendation by The Endocrine Society with their new publication on strategies for prescribing drugs to manage obesity and promote weight loss.

This publication is titled “Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline,” and will appear in the February 2015 print issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM)―a publication of the Endocrine Society.

The purpose of the guide is to assist physicians and patients on weight loss drugs that are appropriate for tackling obesity. However, according to a press release by The Endocrine Society about the guide, this does not mean that patients should stop with their exercising and dieting; but rather, should view prescription weight loss medications as a supplement to their weight loss efforts.

“Lifestyle changes should always be a central part of any weight loss strategy,” said Caroline M. Apovian, MD, of Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, and chair of the task force that authored the guideline. “Medications do not work by themselves, but they can help people maintain a healthy diet by reducing the appetite. Adding a medication to a lifestyle modification program is likely to result in greater weight loss.”

So what does the guide have to offer? For one, some recommendations on how to treat a patient with weight loss drugs. For example:

• If a patient responds well to a weight loss medication and loses 5 percent or more of their body weight after three months, the medication should be continued. If the medication is ineffective or the patient experiences side effects, the prescription should be stopped and an alternative medication or approach considered.

• Since some diabetes medications are associated with weight gain, people with diabetes who are obese or overweight should be given medications that promote weight loss or have no effect on weight as first- and second-line treatments. For instance,with obese patients with Type 2 diabetes requiring insulin therapy, the guide suggests prescribing metformin, pramlintide, or GLP-1 agonists to mitigate the weight gain associated with insulin.

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Another benefit of the guide is that it also provides a careful review of a wide range of currently available weight loss prescription drugs that many people (and physicians) may not be aware of. Less well known drugs could be used as alternatives when more widely recognized weight loss drugs are contraindicated per the patient’s particular medical condition. For instance, in cases of patients with severe hypertension and/or taking anti-depressant medications.

The goal of the guide is to help make physicians knowledgeable regarding the prescribing of medications, choosing whenever possible those with favorable weight profiles, that can aid in the prevention and management of obesity and thereby improve the health of their patient.

But don’t get the impression that this is a “for physicians only” guide. Patients too, can benefit from the guide by taking an active role in their weight loss and learning about how the data compares between different prescription weight loss medications including dosage, efficacy, side effects and contraindications.

For a free copy of the guide, the titled link “Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline” can be viewed online or printed out and used the next time you see your physician and want to discuss about your need for a weight loss drug prescription.

For more about prescription weight loss drugs, here is an informative article about the latest FDA approved weight loss drug.

References:

Press Release― “Obesity Experts Recommend Weight Loss Drugs, Surgery as Supplement to Lifestyle Interventions

Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism; Published Online: January 15, 2015; CM Apovian et al.

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