2014 Brings Two New Weight Loss Drugs!

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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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 naltrexone. Contrave was first rejected in 2011 but the company did more safety studies to solidify cardiac safety and now the FDA has approved it.

What’s the story with Contrave?

What about Saxenda?

It has been slim pickings with respect to medications for weight loss, so here are two more to think about.

Dr O.

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