Weight Loss Medications

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Losing weight and keeping it off is very difficult for some people. In some instances, medications are used to help with weight loss. Dr. Edward Hill discusses prescription medications for weight loss in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If you have serious health problems because of your weight and lifestyle changes arent working prescription weight-loss drugs may be an option.

Prescription weight-loss drugs dont replace the need to make healthy changes in your eating habits and activity level. They are generally reserved for people who havent been able to lose weight through diet and exercise, and who have health problems because of their weight.

Before selecting a medication for you, your doctor will consider your health history, the possible side effects of the medications and any potential interaction of weight-loss drugs with other medications youre taking.

When combined with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise, weight-loss drugs produce an average weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of total body weight within a year. Diet and exercise are responsible for part of this weight loss, and medications are responsible for part as well.

Even modest weight loss can improve your health by decreasing blood pressure and lipid and blood glucose levels and increasing insulin sensitivity.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.