What is Weight Loss?

Becoming overweight or obese can cause a number of health problems. Factors such as stress, anxiety, alcohol, and little or poor sleep can contribute to gaining weight. Weight gain can also be a symptom of a number of medical conditions.

Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough. Medication can be taken to aid in weight loss. Common drug classes used to aid in weight loss are central nervous system stimulants, lipase inhibitors, sympathomimetics, and growth hormone releasing factors.

Savings Tips for Weight Loss

  • Top 10 New Drugs of 2015

    November 16, 2015

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers released a number of new prescription drugs in 2015. Some of these new drugs are truly lifesavers . . . and some aren’t. Either way, pharmaceutical companies will be spending lots of money to let you know about them—you’ll be seeing them on the sides of buses and in TV commercials for quite a while.

    As a doctor, I’m always excited about improvements that help patients. Some of the drugs below can really make a difference. See More

  • The Skinny on Weight Loss Drugs: Can Prescriptions Actually Work?

    June 15, 2015

    Many Americans struggle with their weight. More than two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight, and one-third are obese. Obesity-related illness is estimated to cost the American economy almost $200 billion a year.

    Sadly, there isn’t yet a perfect pill to end obesity. However, there are a variety of prescription options to help you jump-start your weight loss, with a number of new drugs approved in just the past few years. See More

  • Weight Loss Surgery and Medications: What You Need to Know

    May 13, 2015

    Obesity is a serious and costly disease—one that affects more than 34.9% of adults in the US. One medical option for some obese patients is weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, a voluntary operation to help qualified patients lose weight.

    Who qualifies? Most candidates typically have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 40 or be more than 100 pounds overweight (BMI of 35 if you have obesity-related health issues). See More

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Popular Weight Loss Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Sympathomimetics 11 See Prices
Contrave Opioid Antagonist / Atypical Antidepressant Combinations 210 See Prices
diethylpropion Sympathomimetics 31 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Weight Loss Drug Classes

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