When should prescription drugs be considered for weight loss?

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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.

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