Q: Should I take weight loss medication like Phentermine or Tenuate while on my medical weight loss program?
A: The use of appetite suppressant medications like Phentermine and Tenuate is completely optional. Many of our patients successfully follow all of our programs and never use Phentermine or Tenuate. We will customize your program to meet your unique preferences. However, even in the absence of appetite control medications, we do require close monitoring and supervision of patients on rapid weight loss programs to ensure that they are done safely.
Nonetheless, prescription weight loss medications can be very helpful for weight loss and weight maintenance. Many patients tell us that these safe medications really helped them on their journey to success. When used appropriately in the right individuals, Phentermine and Tenuate are safe, effective, and not expensive. When appropriate, Dr. Lazarus will provide you with information on the benefits and risks and help you choose the best option.
Phentermine and Tenuate are both FDA approved weight loss medications. Although others are available, these are the main medications we use. Also, we can evaluate management of other weight related conditions (like diabetes, depression, etc) and make sure that when possible, medications used to treat them are weight-friendly choices.