What Are Appetite Suppressants and How Should They Be Used

Losing weight isn’t just a matter of fitting into a smaller size, it’s about your health. Extra pounds raise your risk of developing chronic and sometimes deadly diseases, including stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. When you’re obese or overweight, you’re also at a greater risk of health issues that interfere with your quality of life, such as arthritis, sleep apnea, and depression.

More than 1 in 3 American adults are overweight or obese. At Weight No More, we want to help reduce this statistic by helping you achieve a healthy size and a healthy life.

If you’re struggling with your weight, a medically supervised weight loss program can help you shed pounds and keep them off. Dr. Skversky and Dr. Ahmed help patients in Newport Beach, California, with counseling, meal plans, vitamin therapy, and other weight-loss strategies. We also help you use appetite suppressants as a key ingredient for weight loss success.

Appetite suppressant basics

Appetite suppressants are prescription medications that help you control your appetite,

and therefore your food intake. Depending on the formulation used, they may help you feel full sooner at meals than you usually do so you eat less food while others may just curb your appetite in general. People who take prescription weight loss medications lose 3-9% of more of their starting body weight compared to people who don’t take medication, on average.

Cravings and problems with appetite are common reasons people fail to stick to a low-calorie weight loss diet. Appetite suppressants help curb your hunger so you can focus on giving your body the nutritious food it needs to function optimally as you lose weight — and feel good while doing it.

Typically, appetite suppressants are used along with a reduced-calorie diet. You receive support and guidance regarding both your medications and your meal plan every step of the way.

Safety of appetite suppressants

Dr. Skversky and Dr. Ahmed work with you to determine which medication is right for you. He gives you

very specific instructions to use each medication. Follow these instructions closely and use the suppressants only as directed.

Use prescription appetite suppressants under the close supervision of a medical professional like Dr. Skversky or Dr. Ahmed. He offers only FDA-approved medications to help control your appetite.

You’re closely monitored for side effects while on the medications. Plus, we ensure you’re taking the optimal dose to keep your appetite in check and not cause unwanted side effects. If you find a particular dose isn’t adequately controlling your appetite, Dr. Skversky makes adjustments to your prescription or switches the type of medication.

Candidates for prescription appetite suppressants

If you have trouble curbing your appetite and sticking to a lower-calorie plan on your own, appetite suppressants can help. You use these medications on a temporary basis to promote weight loss and reduce risk factors associated with carrying excess weight.

Before prescribing appetite suppressants, Dr. Skversky considers your current health issues, medical history, possible side effects, and other drugs you may be taking.

Patients who benefit the most from prescription appetite suppressants have a BMI, or

body mass index, of 30 or more or have a lower BMI with weight-related health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. You may use appetite suppressants only long enough to reduce serious health risks associated with your weight but continue other weight-loss strategies afterward to achieve your goal size.

Appetite suppressants are only part of your weight-loss journey

Don’t rely on prescription appetite suppressants alone for weight loss. They aren’t a replacement for physical activity and healthy eating habits. These medications are used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program.

Dr. Skversky will have you follow an exercise program, eat a nutritious low-calorie meal plan and drink plenty of water, along with other healthy habits, such as avoiding excess alcohol. He works with you, your preferences, your schedule, and personal limitations to develop a customized weight-loss plan.

To learn more about achieving weight loss with Weight No More, call our office to schedule a consultation or request your appointment online.

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