Prescription Anti-Obesity Medications
The FDA has recently approved new anti-obesity medications to help patients lose weight and live a healthier life. At the Houston UT Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance (COMMP), we use the entire spectrum of anti-obesity medications when appropriate because, along with diet and exercise, they can help many of our patients reach their weight-loss goals.
For many people, reaching a healthy weight and body composition requires interrupting the signals that our body sends about hunger, cravings, metabolism, and addictive behaviors. Anti-obesity medications can do just that. Combined with physical activity, good nutrition, behavior modification, and metabolic changes, anti-obesity medications can help you lose weight and improve your overall health for life.
The medical need for prescription medication to help treat obesity or metabolic problems related to body composition is just like when medication is needed to treat other diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Like the American Medical Association, Dr. Horn and the COMMP team understand that obesity is a disease and, like other diseases, deserves scientific and evidence-based comprehensive care.
To learn more about how anti-obesity medications can help you lose weight and keep it off, request an appointment at UT COMMP today. To schedule your visit, phone our office at (713) 892-5500, or
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Benefits of Anti-Obesity Drugs for Houston Patients
Anti-obesity or weight-loss drugs can offer numerous benefits to our patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight. These prescription medications work by altering appetite, metabolism, cravings, gastric emptying, and/or addictive behaviors toward food. In addition to treating the symptoms of obesity, anti-obesity medications can often help individuals decrease reliance on other medications required to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, or chronic pain.
Facts About Anti-Obesity Medications
Some anti-obesity drugs known as sympathomimetics, including phentermine and phentermine-like medications, are effective and have been used successfully for decades. The newer FDA-approved medications, which include Saxenda®, Contrave®, Belviq®, and Qsymia®, allow for a broader range of treatment pathways and can also be used to effectively treat obesity. As an expert with specialized training in obesity medicine, Dr. Horn can help you decide if medication is right for you and maximize the treatment of other underlying diseases based on the weight-loss medication chosen.
Anti-obesity medications can also be important for helping patients before and after bariatric surgery, successfully preventing or reversing weight regain that occurs in some patients following bariatric surgery. Patients are sometimes concerned that if they take medication for weight loss, they will have to stay on it for the rest of their life. The fact is that each individual is different. For some, improved nutrition and body composition will allow patients to discontinue medication once they reach their goal and stabilize their weight. Others, however, require long-term pharmaceutical therapy just as they might for other chronic diseases. Our primary goal at COMMP is to find a healthy weight and body composition and prevent weight regain. For patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, this often includes a recommendation to take prescription weight-loss medication to optimize the results of their surgery.
Who Is a Candidate for Anti-Obesity Drugs?
Many of our patients want to know how they can determine whether or when they should consider weight-loss medication to help them lose weight. The FDA recommends that a patient have a BMI of 30 or greater, or 27 or greater with co-morbidities like diabetes or high blood pressure, before they consider anti-obesity medication. The FDA also recommends that therapy be increased, changed, or discontinued if an adequate response is not seen within the first 3 months on medication.
At Houston UT COMMP, we help our patients lose weight by using a full range of treatment modalities, including nutritional intervention, physical activity, behavioral change, and anti-obesity medication. We believe in safety first and maximizing the benefits of your care. This requires that all patients on medication be engaged in a comprehensive treatment program, ensuring an optimal response.