Prescription Weight Loss Medication
Many of us in America struggle with our weight. It's just the nature of our busy lifestyles. School, work schedules, our kids' activities, etc., cause us to eat on the run, eat fast food or junk food, and often at night. Plus we just don't take time for ourselves to exercise. Many antidepressants actually increase our cravings for carbohydrates. If you are making an attempt to focus more on your diet and exercise, then Dr. Trussell can help with th eweight loss medication, Contrave, that is FDA approved for weight loss and weight maintenancea. Your initial consult is $150. Some basic lab work is also required. You may bring it from your primary care physician or we can draw it at Sei Bella for a small extra fee. Hormone imbalances are a common cause for weight gain as well, whether it be caused by thyroid, menopause, andropause or other hormone imbalances. The underlying cause needs to be addressed, not just the weight itself. As we focus on wellness at Sei Bella, we want to provide the best advice and medical care for you. Subsequent refill appointments are $100. Read on for a brief synopsis of Contrave, and check out Dr. Trussell's blog at www.drannetrussell.blogspot.com! Call us today and let us start helping you get healthier! Add on a SculpSure treatment and look even better, even quicker! 501-228-6237
The most recently FDA approved weight loss medication is called Contrave. It is a combination of buproprion (an antidepressant) and naloxone (an anti-addiction drug). This is the third medication for weight loss approved by the FDA since 2012. Contrave works by taking away hunger and cravings for food, but the manufacturer, Orexigen, isn't exactly sure how this combination works for weight loss. The medication is indicated for patients with a BMI of 30 (by definition this is obese), or a BMI of 27 (which is overweight) and comorbid conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes or elevated cholesterol which put patients at higher risk of stroke or heart attack. At Sei Bella, we treat at a BMI of 25 as this is deemed "overweight" by the National Institute of Health (NIH), as long as the patient has attempted appropriate diet and exercise but is still having trouble losing weight. We wish to prevent the progression to frank obesity and its associated health problems. The medication is titrated up over the first month to a standard dose of 2 tablets twice a day. The Scale Down Program is an added benefit offered free of charge that provides a weight-management program and free wireless scale that will sync to your cell phone.