Navigating the Landscape of Weight Loss Medications
Embarking on a weight loss journey can be both challenging and rewarding. For those who need additional support to achieve their goals, weight loss medications can be useful when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. In this blog post, we will discuss three different types of weight loss medications: Phentermine, ZepBound, and Wegovy. We will provide insights into their effectiveness and help you make an informed decision on the best fit for you.
Phentermine is one of three different types of weight loss medications that we provide at NexGen, and has been trusted for decades. It is a sympathomimetic amine that works by stimulating the release of certain chemicals in the brain that help suppress appetite. This makes it an effective tool for people who struggle to stick to a calorie-restricted diet.
By taking phentermine as directed, individuals can experience significant weight loss results within a few weeks. However, it is essential to note that phentermine is not a long-term medication. This drug is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Phentermine has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective weight-loss medication when used as directed.
Pros of Phentermine
- Well-established and widely prescribed
- Effective appetite suppressant
- Short-term use is often recommended
ZepBound is a brand-new medication introduced in the weight loss industry in November 2023. It contains the same drug as Mounjaro or Tirzepatide. It has been gaining popularity due to its dual benefits – it aids in weight loss, but can help regulate blood sugar levels. Furthermore, ZepBound works on 2 incretin hormones in the body making the medication slightly more effective than other GLP1 only medications. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals who are struggling with obesity and type 2 diabetes. It works by mimicking the actions of a hormone called GLP-1, which helps reduce appetite, and another hormone called GIP, thus leading to weight loss. Additionally, it also helps to improve blood sugar levels by increasing insulin secretion and reducing glucose production in the liver.
In the clinical trials, patients who took ZepBound had a weight loss of 20%, which is 5% higher than the other GLP1 medications. ZepBound is administered as a subcutaneous injection into the abdomen, typically once a week, and is safe and well-tolerated by patients. Same with any of the other medications, ZepBound is the magic injection for weight loss without proper diet and exercise.
Pros of ZepBound
- Dual action therapy on weight loss and glucose control
- Potential for significant weight loss
- Once weekly dosing for convenience
- Potential for long-term use
Wegovy, also known as Ozempic or Semaglutide, is a medication that has been found to be effective in weight loss. It is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist initially developed for diabetes management. However, during clinical trials, researchers found that it could also help with substantial weight loss.
In June 2021, the FDA approved Wegovy for chronic weight management in adults who are either obese or overweight and have at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol. The medication is administered as a subcutaneous injection into the abdomen once a week, and it works by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness.
Clinical trials have demonstrated that patients treated with Wegovy experience a significant reduction in body weight. A trial of 1,961 obese adults found that patients who took Wegovy lost, on average, 15% of their body weight after 68 weeks. In contrast, patients who took a placebo lost only 2.4% of their body weight. Furthermore, patients experienced sustained weight loss even after stopping the medication.
Patients who have used Wegovy have reported remarkable results and praised the medication’s efficacy in helping them lose weight. It is worth noting, however, that the medication is not a silver bullet for weight loss, and it should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Pros of Wegovy
- Substantial weight loss results
- Weekly injections for ease of use
- Potential for long-term use
Choosing the Right Weight Loss Medication for You
Selecting the appropriate weight loss medication requires a thorough consideration of several factors. Individual health conditions, preferences, the advice of medical professionals, and knowing if the medications are covered under your insurance plan. Although phentermine, ZepBound, and Wegovy have their unique benefits, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. During our consultation, we will help you determine the most suitable medication based on your health history and specific requirements. Our ultimate goal is for the medication to complement a comprehensive approach to weight loss, which includes a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and overall healthy lifestyle choices.
Different Types of Weight Loss Medications Near Me
Prior to your diet consultation visit at NexGen, you can prepare by calling the number on the back of your insurance card to see if ZepBound or Wegovy is covered under your medical plan. If it is covered, it may need prior authorization, which we can handle as long as you meet the criteria.
If neither medication is covered under your plan, then NexGen offers the same compounded medication for both Wegovy and ZepBound.
Our goal at NexGen Health & Wellness is to help you achieve optimal health, and we are here to support you! We will work with you to determine the most suitable medication for your needs. Walk-in appointments are welcome at our location, which is located at 7424 US-64 Suite 118 in Bartlett, Tennessee. We do ask ALL new patients to be at the office by 4pm on their first visit for paperwork and a diet consult. Our clinic is open from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays, and we do not close for lunch. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (901) 244-6631.