Comparing weight loss medications – Belviq, Qsymia, Phentermine, Phendimetrazine etc.

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With over 70 percent of the population of the United States being either overweight or obese, there is a lot of demand for various proven measures for losing weight including FDA approved weight loss medications.

With so many different medications, it is hard to know which one works the best for an average person. Here is the perspective of a practicing weight loss physician and founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America, Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD

Weight-loss drug Approximate Monthly Cost How it works Common side effects
Phentermine sold as Adipex Varies, generic available$30-90 per month. At most W8MD centers that dispense in house, this may be included in the $45.00 biweekly fee. Increase chemicals in the brain that affect appetite. Make you feel that you are not hungry or that you are full. Dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, headache, feeling nervous, feeling restless, upset stomach, diarrhea, and constipation.
Lorcaserin
Tradename Belviq
No generic available.$220.00 Acts on the serotonin receptors in the brain. This may help you eat less and feel full after eating smaller amounts of food. Headaches, dizziness, feeling tired, nausea, dry mouth, cough, and constipation. Should not be taken with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) medications.
Phentermine-topiramate
Tradename Qsymia
$150.00 per month for brand name.Generic combination of Phentermine and Topiramate at most W8MD centers that dispense in house is included in the cost of the biweekly fee of $45.00 A mix of two drugs: phentermine (suppresses your appetite and curbs your desire to eat) and topiramate (used to treat seizures or migraine headaches). May make you feel full and make foods taste less appealing. Tingling of hands and feet, dizziness, taste alterations (particularly with carbonated beverages), trouble sleeping, constipation, and dry mouth.Note: Sold only through certified pharmacies.

MAY LEAD TO BIRTH DEFECTS. DO NOT TAKE QSYMIA IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR PLANNING A PREGNANCY.

Orlistat
Sold as Xenical by prescription Over-the-counter version sold as Alli
Xenical costs $100-200 per month approved for adults and children ages 12 and older

Alli: adults only

Blocks some of the fat that you eat, keeping it from being absorbed by your body. Stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and leakage of oily stools.Note: Rare cases of severe liver injury reported. Should not be taken with cyclosporine.
Other appetite suppressant that curb your desire to eat

  • benzphetamine sold as Didrex
$24-$45 Increase chemicals in the brain that affect appetite. Make you feel that you are not hungry or that you are full. Dizziness, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, irritability, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation etc.
Other appetite suppressant that curb your desire to eat

  • diethylpropion sold as Tenuate
$30-90 It works by acting on the appetite center in the brain to cause a temporary reduction in hunger or craving for food.
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach.
  • headache, blurred vision.
  • feeling nervous, anxious, or jittery.
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling.
  • depressed mood.
  • dry mouth, unpleasant taste in your mouth.
  • decreased sex drive
Other appetite suppressant that curb your desire to eat

  • phendimetrazine sold as Bontril
$30-90 Increase chemicals in the brain that affect appetite. Make you feel that you are not hungry or that you are full. Dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, headache, feeling nervous, feeling restless, upset stomach, diarrhea, and constipation.

 

W8MD’s Verdict on the best weight loss medication: while it depends on the individual as to which works the best, the most effective ones will be a combination of these prescribed and supervised by a trained and experienced weight loss physician such as the W8MD weight loss physicians.

In our experience, the combination of Phentermine and Topiramate works the best for weight loss, appetite suppression and is very cost effective if the generic medications are used. Since Phentermine and Topiramate are included in the $45.00 biweekly fee at the W8MD Brooklyn, New York and Philadelphia PA locations, they are very cost effective.

Locations where you can consult with a weight loss physician that is familiar with these and other weight loss medications when medically appropriate

Philadelphia Insurance Weight Loss Center: 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334

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King Of Prussia Weight Loss Center: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 1-800-986-3007 

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NYC Insurance Weight Loss Center: 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214 Ph: 1-718-946-5501  

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