WEIGHT LOSS MEDICATIONS:
A NEW GENERATION OF GLP-1 RECEPTOR AGONIST COMPOUNDS APPROVED BY FDA AS ANTIOBESITY DRUGS HAS CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE OF THE MANAGEMENT OF OBESITY.
THESE DRUGS HAVE CREATED A TRANSFORMATIONAL TIME FOR THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY WITH AS MUCH AS 15-20% WEIGHT LOSS IN SOME PATIENTS.
- These injectable prescription medicines are used for adults with obesity (BMI ≥30) or overweight (excess weight) (BMI ≥27) who also have other co-morbidities and weight-related medical problems to help them lose weight and keep the weight off. The subcutaneous injection is generally started at the lowest dose and increased as appropriate to optimize weight loss.
- These drugs should not be used in patients with Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or family history of MTC, multiple endocrine syndrome type 2 (MEN 2) or hypersensitivity to this class of drugs. These drugs should be avoided or used with caution in patients with history of pancreatitis or at risk for pancreatitis.
- These drugs should be used with caution or avoided in females of reproductive potential.
- Please tell your healthcare team about all the medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements and if you are taking other medicines to treat diabetes, including sulfonylureas or insulin. This class of drugsslow stomach emptying and can affect medicines that need to pass through the stomach quickly.
- Before using any of these drugs, tell your healthcare team, if you have any other medical conditions, including pancreatic disorders, diabetes, kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy, depression or other mental health issues.
- Do not use this class of drugs if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. These drugs may harm the unborn baby. You should stop using this class of drugs 2 months before you plan to become pregnant, and should not use them if you are breastfeeding.
Please check the following links for further information regarding the use of any of the drugs in this class.
Also please find out if the specific drug being considered is covered by your insurance policy.
For more information about Zepbound visit: www.zepbound.lilly.com
For more information about Wegovy visit: www.wegovy.com
For more information about Saxenda visit: www.saxenda.com
WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO AVOID THE USE OF NON-FDA APPROVED DRUGS.