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What Are Appetite Suppressants and How Should They Be Used?

Appetite Suppressants

You already know that being overweight isn’t good for your health. But did you know the extra pounds bring an increased risk for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and arthritis?

Body mass index (BMI) uses your weight in relation to your height to define where you fall on the spectrum of being overweight or obese. BMIs of 25-29 are considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or above is used to classify obesity. More than 1 in 3 American adults are overweight or obese.

If you’re struggling with your weight, a medically supervised weight loss program can help you shed pounds and keep them off. Dr. Rey L. Gray helps our patients in Ruston, Louisiana, use appetite suppressants as a key ingredient for weight loss success.

How do appetite suppressants work?

Appetite suppressants are prescription medications that work in different ways to help you control your appetite, and therefore your food intake. Some appetite suppressants work by helping you feel full after eating less food, while others make you feel less hungry in general.

Dr. Gray works with you to determine which medication is right for you. No matter which type you take, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medication as directed.

How appetite suppressants are used

You should only use a prescription appetite suppressant under the close supervision of a medical professional. To help patients stay on track and reach their weight loss goals, Dr. Gray can prescribe an FDA-approved appetite suppressant to help you control your appetite.

While taking an appetite suppressant, we monitor you for side effects and to ensure that you’re taking the optimal dose to keep your appetite in check. If your appetite control becomes inadequate, we can make adjustments in your dose or prescribe a different formulation.

Appetite suppressants are typically used along with a reduced-calorie diet. You’ll receive support and guidance regarding both your medications and your meal plan every step of the way.

Who benefits from prescription appetite suppressants?

Appetite suppressants are a temporary tool meant to help you stick to a low-calorie diet in order to promote weight loss and reduce risk factors related to carrying excess weight. We consider your current health issues, medical history, possible side effects, and other drugs you may be taking when deciding if appetite suppressants are right for you.

Patients who benefit the most from prescription appetite suppressants have a BMI of 30 or more or have a lower BMI with weight-related health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. One of the biggest benefits of prescription appetite suppressants is that they can help you stay motivated on your path to permanent weight loss.

Appetite suppressants are part of a comprehensive program

Prescription appetite are not a replacement for physical activity and healthy eating habits. These medications are used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program. You can expect to 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.

Effective tool to aid weight loss

Cravings and problems with appetite are common reasons people fail to stick to a low-calorie weight loss diet. With appetite suppressants on board, those issues are addressed, and 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.

On average, 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.

To learn more about weight loss with Dr. Gray call our office to schedule a consultation or request your appointment online.

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