Medication in the Treatment of Obesity (cont.)
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How Medication Can Help You Lose Weight
With one exception, the medications used to treat obesity work by suppressing the appetite.
These medications work best if used in conjunction with lifestyle changes such as eating less and increasing physical activity. Research studies conducted in people with obesity all show that people who eat less, increase physical activity, and take medication lose considerably more weight than people who use medication without the lifestyle changes.
Like all drugs, those used to treat obesity may have powerful side effects and other undesirable risks.
Some physicians have experimented with combining weight-loss drugs.
Traditional weight-loss medications were approved for only a few weeks or months of use. The newer medications now in use may be used for longer periods. These drugs are still being studied to see whether they have any long-term side effects.
Gayle M. Galletta, MD, FACEP
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