APPROVED DRUGS FOR SHORT TERM TREATMENT OF OBESITY

Four agents are available in the US for short term (12 weeks) treatment of obesity. They are diethylpropion, phendimetrazine, benzphetamine and phentermine. Any of these drugs may be used as an adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on caloric restriction in patients with an initial BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher who have not responded to appropriate weight-reducing regimen.
The FDA has issued a consumer alert about over-the-counter weight-loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients. These products, which are promoted and sold on web sites and in retail stores, may be marked as “dietary supplements”. They have not been approved by the FDA, are illegal, and may be potentially harmful.
Medical supervision is required for use of the above options. At New Horizon our medical staff can discuss with you any questions you may have about these drugs and their use for weight loss. No person should take weight loss drugs of any kind without first discussing their use with a medical professional.
New Horizon is a medical weight loss specialty providing weight loss services to the communities of Norwood, Sharon, Canton, Westwood, Walpole, Stoughton, Dedham, Foxboro and Mansfield. New Horizon accepts major medical insurance and Medicare. New Horizon also accepts calls for free phone consultations about weight loss. 781-269-5400

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