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Weight Loss Medicine Benefits More than Waistline

Semaglutide , a weekly injectable weight loss medicine was compared to liraglutide, a daily injection weight loss medicine that was approved first. It is more effective showing that when used at the FDA approved dose for obesity (3 mg) in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. had a body weight reduction of 15.8% with semaglutide vs 6.4% with liraglutide. So significantly better at meaningful weight loss

Semaglutide (2.4 mg) used in adults with obesity not only had better levels of their blood sugar, and better overall metabolism function, they also were shown to have achieved improved physical function when dieting with the aid of this medication, exercise and nutritional management.

Dieters who stay on medication for longer periods of time kept losing weight, those who began dieting with medication, but stopped their medication they regained some of their newly lost weight. So we advocate a plan of fairly long term management.

A recent systematic literature review looking at many trials with almost 50,000 dieters found not only successfully weight loss, but safety in using the medicine.

Phentermine-topiramate (either prescribed separately, or in the medication Qsymia) was found to be potentially the most effective drug for weight loss of all the available medications for treatment of overweight and obesity. But the side effects may be greater for most women.

Semaglutide can be used with other medicine, but sometimes levels of some medications could be affected and need adjustment.

Semaglutide causes a delay of gastric emptying, it may affect the oral absorption of thyroid medications. Although heartburn has been reported as an adverse effect of semaglutide, it is usually tolerable and able to even be used by women with heartburn.

 It is also indicated to reduce risk for cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in adults with either type 2 diabetes or established cardiovascular disease.

Some women find weight management easy, for the rest of us there are benefits to medical supervision, call for an appointment today. 217-356-3736


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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