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.
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.
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.


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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Safe weight loss programs New York City & Philadelphia

Are you a bit overweight and looking for safe and effective ways to lose weight?

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physician weight loss new york city and Philadelphia

1. The best way to reach your goal weight is to understand what is causing your weight gain to begin with.

2. Once you understand the cause(s) such as insulin resistance, sleep disorders, eating habits, and physical inactivity, you may want to then look at the proven measures to lose weight.

3. Find a weight loss program that is right for you based on your situation. A weight loss program that is supervised by an obesity medicine weight loss physician would be considered safest way to lose weight as it would take in to consideration all the factors that may be contributing to your weight gain!

Here are the things to consider before choosing a safe and effective weight loss program in New York City or Greater Philadelphia

Things to consider before deciding on a safe weight loss program

  • A balanced and nutritious very low calorie diet with or without meal replacement that reduces calories but do not make you under nourished or hungry so you can lose weight fast and safe
  • Instructions on regular physical activity and/or workout
    strategy that is right for you.
  • A weight loss program that is going to take your cultural and personal preferences in to account so that is not “one size fits all” type of weight loss program.
  • A sustained and slow weight decrease of about 1–2 pounds
    per week, up to 4-5 pounds if you are starting at a very high body masss index, with careful supervision under the care of weight loss physician.
  • A long term weight loss maintenance plan so that you can not only lose weight but keep it off!
  • Appetite suppressant medications such as Adipex, Phentermine, Qsymia, Belviq, Topiramte, Phendimetrazine when medically appropriate to curb hunger and reduce cravings, increase metabolism for fast and effective weight loss


  • The eating / diet plan should be reduced in calories to about half of your basal calorie requirement but still supply all the nutrients needed for the body with all different vitamins, minerals, but not empty calories.
  • Make sure the program has a plan to guide you on behavior change, and exercise
  • The program should educate you how to change permanently the factors causing your weight gain and reverse metabolic factors such as insulin resistance for sustained weight loss success
  • Make sure the doctor is well trained in the field of obesity medicine for weight loss sucess
  • Make sure the weight loss program has an on going follow up plan for weight loss while on very low-calorie diet (a special weight loss formulas for partial or complete meal replacements), an exam and followup visits by a medical practitioner are also required.There are other questions you can inquire about how well a program works. Because numerous programs don’t accumulate this data, you may not get responses.
  • Does the program accept health insurance for the weight loss physician visits?