Obesity Medicine & Wellness

FDA Approved Medications For Obesity


Phentermine (Adipex) is a CNS stimulant medication helps lose weight by curbing the sensation of hunger and also gives an energy boost that lasts all day.



Topiramate (Topamax) is a seizure medication that has a "side effect" of weight loss. This is in part thought to be a result of alteration of taste sensation where sweets lose their addictive taste.

Combination of topiramate & phentermine (Qsymia) is FDA approved for long term management of obesity.

70% of patients on Qsymia lost at least 5% of their weight compared with 20% in placebo group.


Naltrexone is an opioid receptor blockers that is used for its "side effect" of appetite supression.

Bupropion is the same depression medication that is used for Smoking Cessation (Zyban) and was widely marketed in 1970s as "Happy Skinny Pill".

Combination of naltrexone/bupropion (Contrave) is FDA approved for weight loss. 

In clinical studies women who took this medication lost 6.2% of their body weight, on average. Women in the placebo group lost 1.2%.


Trade name Belviq is antidepressant derived chemical that is approved by FDA for obesity management.

In clinical trials subjects on lorcaserin lost 12.9 lb (5.8 kg) compared with 5.6 lb (2.5 kg) with placebo.


Liraglutide(Saxenda) is a once per day injectable diabetes medication that is also FDA approved for weight loss treatment.

In clinical studies people on Saxenda lost an average of 18,5lb over 56 wks. vs. placebo group only lost 6lb.

*Please note that all of the above mentioned studies also involved placing all participants on diet & exercise program.

Nutritional Intervention

Consultation with Dietitian: read more

Diet & Exercise for Weight Loss

Many of our patients state "and i do not even eat that much..."

Yes. we understand that many times "what" you eat matters more than "how much" you eat.

Here are some of the more common diets that doctors are likely to recommend:

Low Carb Diet

Paleo Diet

Intermittent Fasting

Which Exercise Option Is The Best?

Results are produced only if the exercise routine is very frequent and regular.

This is why we recommend our patient do the exercise that they enjoy the most!

Gastric Bypass / Sleeve Gastrectomy

We will refer to weight loss surgery when appropriate

Weight Loss Surgical Options

Bariatric surgery is a medical weight loss option that produces striking weight loss that is sustained long term (5years+).

What surgery works best for obesity?

Most bariatric programs mandate preop support and information sessions where candidates can learn first hand info from medical staff and patients that already had the surgery.

Currently there are 2 popular operations:

Laporascopic Gastric Bypass

As the name suggests, during this surgery, food is rerouted to bypass most of the stomach / proximal duodenum and distal portion of the stomach is removed.

Laporascopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

This surgery is the simplified version of the above with less anatomical alterations. During this operation, 80% of the stomach is stapled and removed.

Bariatric Surgery Results

The end result of both surgeries are anatomical changes that produce early satiety and profound weight loss of 80-120lb on average over the first year.

Remarkable 98% of obesity related diabetes is cured after these surgeries

This weight lost also cures or significantly improves the preexisting sleep apnea, hypertension, knee pain and much more.

Overwhelmed by your medical weight loss options?

Consultation with AllCare primary care doctor is a good place to start.

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