Appetite suppressants have long been used to help curb hunger and cravings. Though unregulated, over-the-counter ‘diet pills’ have given these types of medications an unsavory reputation, prescription appetite suppressants are different from the pills advertised on television or found on the shelves of a local drug store. There are actually several prescription appetite suppressants that have been tested and proved to be effective for helping patients shed excess weight. These medications are FDA-approved for weight loss in overweight and obese individuals – especially those who suffer from underlying, weight-related medical conditions like diabetes.
How Do Prescription Appetite Suppressants Work?
We here at Skinny Beach Medical Weight Loss view appetite suppressants as a catalyst for weight loss. Though they are not intended for long-term use, they can play an integral part in a more comprehensive weight loss plan. Though each formulation works in different ways, these medications generally function as central nervous system stimulants. Though they can result in an increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure, they also significantly lower appetite, helping the body to feel ‘full’ faster and longer.
Are Appetite Suppressants Right for You?
While not the only answer to weight loss, appetite suppressants can play a supportive role in helping our San Juan Capistrano area patients lose weight. Only a one-on-one medical evaluation can determine if prescription appetite suppressants could be indicated in your weight loss plan.
We typically prescribe appetite-suppressing medication to patients who have a body mass index of 30 or higher. However, we may also prescribe appetite suppressants to patients with a BMI of 27 or higher if they also have been diagnosed with an underlying medical condition that could otherwise lead to serious health complications in the future. Examples include diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
It is also important to note that medically-assisted weight loss requires ongoing patient evaluation and regular follow-up appointments. Our doctors, physician assistants and wellness team will continue to work with you to maximize your results and ensure your weight loss program is continuing to meet your needs.
Start Your Medical Weight Loss Journey Today
If you are tired of trying and failing to lose weight, stop doing it on your own. It’s time to partner with a team of people who are ready to customize a weight loss plan that fits your unique needs. For more information about prescription appetite suppression or to find out if this type of treatment could be right for you, contact the team here at Skinny Beach Medical Weight Loss to schedule your in-person evaluation today. We look forward to serving you soon.