When should prescription drugs be considered for weight loss?

Prescription drugs may be considered for weight loss when a person is obese and has attempted a comprehensive lifestyle program that includes a healthy diet and exercise, but who has not lost 5 percent or more of body weight after three to six months. However, the effectiveness of weight loss medications is debatable, and they can have significant side effects, so not all doctors feel cofortable prescribing these medications.
Doctors consider the potential risks and a patient’s general health before prescribing diet medication.

The doctor will check your medical and behavioral history and order laboratory tests.

Usually, it’s recommended to try a three-month weight loss plan diet first and see a nutritionist and obesity team. The idea is to have regular visits to monitor your weight and check measurements. The doctor needs to see how you are doing with your diet and lifestyle changes before you are considered a candidate for weight loss medication.

This content originally appeared online at Baptist Health South Florida.

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