As a society, we’re constantly bombarded with messages designed to help us achieve some measure of perfection. Losing weight is one of those messages we get often. We may be tempted to brush it off. We should, however, consider not the ‘perfection’ angle of that message but our own well-being and if losing weight might actually help us live a longer, healthier life. Diets, exercise and surgery are proven to work, but there are doctor-prescribed medications that can also help.
Struggling with losing weight? Diets, exercise and surgery are proven to work, but there are doctor-prescribed medications that can also help.
Low dose Naltrexone weight loss is definitely an option. A mix of two different medications, Naltrexone may help you by suppressing your appetite and making you feel fuller faster. It’s also been proven to help people who have hyperthyroidism because it’s able to lower insulin resistance. Pairing Naltrexone with a diet and exercise plan increases its effectiveness. One catch, though, it doesn’t work quickly. You’ll need to stick with both the medication and the diet/exercise to see long-term results.
Another appetite suppressant, Liraglutide is available by injection only. Lower dose Liraglutide is marketed under the name Victoza and has been prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. It’s been shown to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks for adult Type 2 diabetics. Again, a diet and exercise plan is recommended for those planning on using Liraglutide to lose weight.
Phentermine and Topiramate
These two medications are combined in a capsule form. The capsule needs to be taken in the morning because it can sometimes disrupt your sleep pattern if taken too late in the day. They’re another appetite suppressant and their effectiveness stems from the drug’s ability to help you feel full long after eating. Your doctor will carefully monitor you while you’re on Phentermine and Topiramate and may alter your dosage after as little as two weeks.
Not an appetite suppressant, capsulated Orlistat works by inhibiting the amount of fat your body absorbs from the food you eat. People who take this drug can find it over the counter in a low dose under the name Alli. A very specific diet featuring both low-calorie and low-fat foods pairs with this medication. Exercise is also a must.
As with any medication, seek your doctor’s advice and carefully research the potential side effects of weight loss medications yourself.
As with any medication, seek your doctor’s advice and carefully research the potential side effects yourself. Some of these medications have been linked to birth defects, cancer, increased suicidal thoughts, organ damage and addiction. Also pay attention to lesser side effects like diarrhea, constipation, nausea and headaches. Be sure your choice for weight loss is an informed one.
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