Weight Loss

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

  • 2014 Brings Two New Weight Loss Drugs!

    September 16, 2014

    Do we have better meds for weight loss now? September brought news of two new weight loss medications, Contrave and Saxenda. Funny thing is both of them are drugs used for other indications, now approved for weight loss. So these meds have been around, in one form or another. These two will join Belviq, Qsymia, and orlistat (available over the counter as Alli).

    The newest drug available for weight loss is Contrave which is a combination of two older drugs: bupropion and naltrexoneSee More

  • Alli for Weight Loss Recalled

    March 28, 2014

    Manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has voluntarily issued a recall for all of its non-prescription Alli weight loss products in the United States and Puerto Rico. The recall is due to concerns that the product packages may have been tampered with, and do not actually contain Alli.

    Tablets and capsules that were not Alli have been reported in Alli bottles in seven states, and in some cases, bottles were missing labels and had fake tamper-evident seals. See More

  • Which Physicians Are the Most Overweight?

    February 05, 2014

    In the most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report on obesity, about 35% of the US population is obese.

    For those of us in primary care, obesity is the new tobacco and we have several conversations a day about lifestyle changes for weight loss and exercise. We can talk the talk . . . but do we walk the walk? These facts were surprising to me:

      •  34% of physicians are overweight.

      •  Which specialty is the most overweight? General surgeons report being the most overweight physicians, with 49% confessing to being overweight to obese. See More

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Popular Weight Loss Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Sympathomimetics 11 See Prices
Belviq Central Nervous System Stimulants 212 See Prices
Qsymia Sympathomimetic / Anti-epileptic Combinations 182 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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