Here is some of the advice Dr. Rader gave:
- Orlistat works best for people who need to lose less than 10 percent of their body weight.
- Bupropion can decrease feelings of hunger, but may also block feelings of fullness. When combined with naltrexone, the appetite is suppressed effectively.
- Naltrexone has a common side effect of nausea. While you may not feel like eating when you feel sick, this isn’t a particularly pleasant way to control food consumption.
- Lorcaserin side effects can include headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. This medication also must be continually taken, or weight can come back.
Other medications can cause sleepiness and confusion.
As the article points out, each of the five medications has shown to be effective in helping people lose body weight. Weight loss medications and appetite suppressants have their place in an effective weight loss plan, but should be used under careful supervision of a weight loss physician.
See our program details to learn more about how we use medication in our practice.