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Medications for weight loss – what you need to know!
A healthy but calorie restricted diet will always remain the most important method for weight loss, so why would we need medication then?
Medications are prescribed when the benefits of the medications outweigh the risks. Good evidence for research does show that medications are a very effective tool and can have numerous benefits in certain individuals
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE THEM?
If your BMI is 27 or over or if you are struggling to maintain weight you have lost then it is worth considering them. There a variety of medications available and your Elina Doctor can help you make the best choices for your personal circumstances,
WHEN CAN MEDICATIONS BE HELPFUL?
* Many people struggle with making good choices in their diet and controlling their appetite. During weight loss the brain is working aggressively to slow or stop weight loss, making you hungry or crave, slowing your metabolism to preserver energy, this is where safe and registered medication may be really helpful.
* Weight loss plateau is common when starting a weight loss journey, medications can counteract and reduce this metabolic adaptation and help with continued weight loss.
* Certain medication may also help with weight maintenance after weight loss. In select high risk patients long term weight loss medications would be considered appropriate.
The correct choice of medication is important, and your Elina doctor will be able to prescribe the most suitable, safe and effective medication for you after consultation and evaluation of your health.
If you are struggling to get to a healthier weight and feel like you need some help, visit an Elina doctor to discuss the options.
WHAT ABOUT OZEMPIC?
Ozempic (Semaglutide) 0.25-1mg is indicated for the treatment of adults with insufficiently controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus as an adjunct to diet and exercise.
Wegovy is the formulation released for non diabetics to assist with weight loss. It also contains semaglutide but the dose range is 0.5-2.4mg.
Wegovy is FDA (US food and drug administration) approved for weight management in NON diabetics in the USA. We hope to see it available in Australia in 2022, however for selected patients it is possible to use Ozempic ( The same ingredient in Wegovy) , It is a lower dose but appears to be very effective in our weight loss patients combined with our supported diet and behaviour program.
Visit an Elina clinic in North Melbourne, Glen Waverley, Berwick and Bundoora to see if it is suitable for you.
Please note that the use of Ozempic in non-diabetics is “Off Label” use as the medication hasn’t obtained Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration approval as yet for this use. We will provide a detailed review and explanation of the evidence, risks and harms and potential benefits in great detail prior to prescribing.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Subcutaneous. This medicine is injected with a short needle on a pen-like device, into the fat just beneath the skin. A single dose lasts one week, patients will inject themselves once a week on the same day with or without food.
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.
Is this medicine subsidised?
This medicine is verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) for the treatment of only diabetes on October 1, 2020. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.
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