Appetite Suppressants

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What is an appetite suppressant?

Appetite suppressants might help several individuals lose weight. Appetite suppressants are currently the most used drug for weight loss. And when taken correctly and combined with the right lifestyles changes, can produce dramatic results.

Suppressants act on the brain’s chemistry to reduce appetite and intensify the feeling of satiety within the stomach. Most people find it very difficult to eat less when they are hungry and appetite suppressants help in overcoming that emotional barrier.

Appetite suppressants should not be used as a substitute for proper diet and exercise. For maximum results, they must be used in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet and/or exercise. Any changes in your diet, activity level and behavior must be developed and continued long term in order to continue to losing weight and prevent the lost weight from returning.

What are my options?

It’s is always a good idea to know that there are options when it comes to appetite suppressants. Not all of them are effective or safe for consumption which is why it is important to consult with a medical weight loss physician when considering appetite suppressants. Balanced Body MD recommends Phentermine (Apidex) or Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia) to the majority of our weight loss patients. We have seen great success using these appetite suppressants although there are circumstances where another option is more appropriate. All individualized options will be discussed at your consult.

  • Phentermine: Phentermine (Adipex) is in the Sympathomimetic family of appetite suppressants (used for the short-term management of exogenous obesity.) When used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and behavior therapy, phentermine may help you to lose weight while you are learning new ways to eat and exercise. Phentermine works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite. The hypothalamus is the region of the brain that controls the autonomic nervous system, regulating sleep cycles, body temperature, appetite, etc.
  • Phentermine/Qsymia: Qsymia® is an FDA-approved prescription medicine that may help some obese adults or some overweight adults who also have weight-related medical problems lose weight and keep the weight off. It is a combination of two medications, phentermine and topiramate. Topiramate is used because it helps decrease hunger and increase weight loss. It works together with the phentermine to promote weight loss. Qsymia should be used with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.

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