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Medications Used to Reduce Weight and the Risks They Pose

Valhalla weight loss medications designed to aid in weight loss is a useful aid in both dropping pounds and keeping them off. This may be the missing piece if patients have tried diet and exercise without success. Hormones in the hypothalamus, the brain, and the intestines regulate food intake and satiety. The medication inhibits hunger and fullness-regulating hormones. It is a multi-step procedure, and many medications work by inhibiting certain steps. Therefore, it is crucial to have a drug tailored to your specific needs to achieve the best possible results.

If you want to talk to your doctor about medication, here are some facts that can help you determine if you meet the requirements to do so. 

1. Phentermine

Phentermine has been around for the longest and is the most popular weight loss drug. Sixty years have passed since its inception. Newer medical guidelines have expanded phentermine’s use from a short-term medicine to kick-start weight loss to a long-term therapy. 

Phentermine reduces appetite in the brain to prevent overeating. This drug is not recommended for those with hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, heart disease, or a history of stroke; alternative treatments are available. Dry mouth, agitation, sleeplessness, and constipation are typical negative reactions to phentermine. The good news is that dry mouth encourages you to drink more water. The low cost of phentermine is another one of its many advantages.

2. The combination of Phentermine and Topiramate

Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) is the second drug on the list. Dry mouth, gastrointestinal distress (constipation or diarrhea), drowsiness, and changes in taste or smell are possible adverse effects, as they are with phentermine.  You should not take it if you are expecting a child.  The combination of Phentermine and Topiramate has the dual effect of suppressing appetite and enhancing feelings of fullness.  Non-generic versions of this drug carry a heftier price tag.  

3. Bupropion/Naltrexone or Contrave

Bupropion/Naltrexone, also known as Contrave, is the third medication. This is yet another drug that combines the effects of making you feel full and suppressing your appetite. If you have a history of seizures or if you take opioids for pain management, you should not take this drug. Nausea, bowel irregularity, dry mouth, headache, and sleeplessness are all possible negative reactions.  Those who have trouble controlling their sugar cravings may benefit from this medicine.

4. Liraglutide (Saxenda) and semaglutide (Wegovy)

Injectable medicines include liraglutide (Saxenda) and semiglutide (Wegovy).  You take Liraglutide once daily and Wegovy once every seven days.  Both of these things make you feel fuller faster.  Diabetic patients often experience low blood sugar, headaches, dizziness, and nausea as the most prevalent adverse effects (SE). Fatigue and stomach pain have been reported by some persons taking Semiglutide. Approximately 50% of patients who took the new medicine, semiglutide, lost an average of 15% of their body weight.