Tag Archives: weight loss medications

Obesity has been recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA). What does this mean to you? First, if it’s a disease, it is something that affects you but does not define you. People are affected by cancer, and we treat it. People are not cancerous. People are affected by obesity, and we […]

I am very excited that today the FDA approved a new weight loss drug. Saxenda works differently than the other weight loss medications. It is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. GLP-1 is a hormone released by our small intestines that tells our brains it is time to stop eating. It is one of the important ways that we know to stop eating. Naturally, it is released mostly in response to eating protein and fat, and the process happens about 20 minutes after eating. [Read more]

Contrave will be available at pharmacies starting October 20th. It is FDA-approved for individuals with a BMI over 30, or over 27 with a weight-related health problem like high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. It is approved for chronic use – that means it has been studied and approved for long-term weight control, similar to how we use medications for high cholesterol and for diabetes. [Read more]

Contrave, otherwise known as NB32, is finally getting the opportunity to help individuals lose weight in the United States. The diet drug was rejected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when it was first introduced in 2011 due to lack of solid data about heart risk. However, it is getting a second chance, as it successfully went through a preliminary stage in June 2014, and is expected to gain final approval in September 2014. [Read more]