Medical Weight Loss

At Bhatti Weight Loss, we recognize that obesity is a chronic disease that can be treated over time. We know that talking to a medical provider about your weight can be very triggering, so we are careful to meet you wherever you are in your journey to ensure we provide the highest quality of care.  We take the time to get to know you by learning about your different attempts to manage your weight. We screen you for conditions that could be contributing to your weight and ensure that no conditions have developed as a result of extra weight gain. We follow the evidence-based treatment recommendations from the Obesity Medicine Association which recommends approaching weight management from a comprehensive perspective by implementing nutritional interventions, behavior changes, increased physical activity and utilizing medications. Our team involves an Obesity Medicine Physician Assistant and a Registered Dietician. Together, we can help you come up with a plan to ensure you are heard, understood and have access to the most recent guidelines to manage your weight.

You and your provider may decide to use medications to treat your weight in combination with lifestyle interventions (nutrition, behavioral and physical activity).  Medications have been FDA approved in the United States to treat extra weight since the 1950's but only more recently have been growing in popularity due to some of the newest medications on the market.  Using medications is not considered 'cheating' as excess weight is not a choice but rather a medical condition that can be treated.  Below are the FDA- approved medications on the market to treat weight with more planning to become approved within the next 2-3 years. Below are the other medications that can be used to manage your weight, depending on your other medical conditions: Metformin pill, Topiramate pill, Mounjaro injection, Rybelsus pill, and Ozempic injection.

  • Semaglutide injection (brand name: Wegovy)
  • Tirzepatide (brand name: Zepbound)
  • Liraglutide injection (brand name: Saxenda)
  • Phentermine pill (brand name: Adipex P and Lomaira)
  • Phentermine & Topiramate ER pill (brand name: Qsymia)
  • Naltrexone & Bupropion ER pill (brand name: Contrave)
  • Orlistat pill (brand name: Xenical)
  • Benzphetamine pill(brand name: Didrex)
  • Phendimetrazine pill (brand name: Bontril)
  • Diethlypropion pill (brand name: Tenuate)

Frequently Asked Questions:

When are weight-loss medicines prescribed?

Prescription weight-loss medicines may help some people who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. Weight loss clinicians only prescribe these medications for people who are overweight or have obesity.

What are the side effects?

Side effects vary with every prescribed agent, but they are generally mild and self-limited. The weight loss clinician at Bhatti Weight Loss will discuss the most common side effects with you and decide the most appropriate medications based on your health history and health goals. Some of the prescribed drugs have side effects like dry mouth, nausea, headaches, or constipation. Some are more likely to cause side effects than others. For example, nausea is a common side effect of Contrave and Saxenda. Xenical can cause changes in bowel habits, including oily or fatty stool and being unable to control bowel movements. Sometimes the side effects are mild and go away over time.

How well do weight-loss medicines work?

In different clinical studies, most weight loss medications help patient achieve an average of 5-17% total body weight loss. Weight-loss medicines are used along with healthy eating and being more active. Without those lifestyle changes, hanges, the biology of weight balance in the body will push the body weight back up to it's starting weight, something called">metabolic adaptation. This is why when we find a medication that works well for you, we typically prescribe it life-long for the chronic condition of excess weight..

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