Weight Loss Medication

For most patients, weight gain is usually secondary to obesity (excessive fat). However for a few patients, fluid retention is a major component of their weight.

At ShapeMedUSA.com, we track a patient’s body weight, fat weight and water weight. If the water weight content is high, the patient has venous studies performed to assess venous circulation. Excessive water weight is treated by sodium restriction, salt substitution and diuretics.

When obesity (excessive fat) is a major component of the weight gain, a weight loss program is designed. Any weight loss program at our facility, combines medication, together with diet modification, exercise and prescription or non-prescription medication.

Weight loss and exercise may reduce fat and/or water weight, but will not burn extra skin or tighten loose connective tissues. Only surgery can remove extra skin and tighten the loose tissues.

Non-Prescription (Over the Counter) Weight Loss Pills are typically herbal extracts which claim to either supress appetite, boost metabolism or both.Some of these products can create modest (10-15 lb) weight loss. These products may be ordered via our web site or others because they do not require a physical examination with a physician. The cost of these products varies, but many are more expensive than prescription medication.

Prescription Medication includes phentermine, meridia, xenical, phendimetraz, Cyanocbolamine and HGH injections etc. Oral medication typically gives weight loss of 5 lbs per week. A 15-20 lb weight loss of fat (not water) is not unusual with oral medication. Injectable medication may result in 30-40 lb weight loss in one month.

Phentermine is less expensive than almost all non-prescription medication ($18 for one month supply at K-mart) and much more effective. However, patients need to be seen by a physician every two weeks when taking this medication.