At The Slimming Clinic, we specialise in doctor led weight loss programmes.

This includes the use of prescription weight loss medications to support those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 27.

In this blog, we’re going to explore our most frequently asked questions about weight loss medications.  In addition, we will also explain how they can help you achieve your weight loss goals.


What is weight loss medication?

Weight loss medications, like phentermine, diethylpropion and Saxenda are prescription medications. These medication offer support those suffering with obesity. They can help if you’re overweight in losing weight and enabling them to focus on building a healthier lifestyle.

These types of weight loss medications are not readily available in local pharmacies. With the exclusion of  Saxenda, a General Practitioner (GP) cannot prescribe them.

The weight loss medications available at The Slimming Clinic, phentermine, diethylpropion and Saxenda, are also not prescribed without a thorough and comprehensive health check with a weight loss doctor.



How does weight loss medication work?

Weight loss medications work by suppressing your appetite.

They are not designed to completely take away your appetite. However,  they help  to lessen it to enable you to start developing healthier eating habits and lose weight.

The appetite suppressant tablets that we prescribe at The Slimming Clinic, phentermine and diethylpropion, work by altering the release of chemicals from your hypothalamus in your brain. Your hypothalamus is the appetite control centre and by altering the release of the hunger chemicals, it reduces your perception of hunger and allows you more control over your appetite and cravings.

Our injectable appetite suppressant medication, Saxenda, works in a very similar way to our tablet weight loss medication, by acting on the appetite control centre in your brain.

In addition to this, Saxenda also delays the emptying of your stomach, leaving you feeling fuller for longer, and less likely to snack or graze.



What are the benefits of using weight loss medication?

The benefits of taking weight loss medications are numerous.

We know that weight loss is hard, and for many patients who come to The Slimming Clinic, their diet is the one area they simply cannot control effectively.

Our patients often know what to eat and how much to eat of it, but simply cannot summon the willpower to put that into practice.

This is where appetite suppressants can help. With the use of weight loss medications and on-going doctor-led support, we can help you develop the tools to help strengthen your willpower and develop a new, healthier lifestyle that will see you losing weight and maintaining it when you reach your goals.



How long does it take for weight loss medications to work?

It takes very little time for weight loss medications to work!

You should feel the effects of both our appetite suppressant tablets and Saxenda almost as soon as you start taking them.

You should feel less hungry once you have taken them and more satisfied with  the foods you are eating!



Do I have to change my diet when taking weight loss medications?

Yes – you should change your diet when taking weight loss medications to a healthier diet. This will help you be more successful to achieve your weight loss goals and lower your BMI.

Designed to support you in reducing your food intake. The appetite suppressants will help to support you in adapting your lifestyle to become more healthy by eating balanced meals and increasing your activity levels.

If you do not change your eating habits or add in more movement to your lifestyle, it is likely that you will gain the weight you have lost when you cease taking your weight loss medication.

Weight loss medication allows you to focus on achieving the perfect balance of the health and lifestyle changes needed to keep weight off in the long-term.



How long can I take weight loss medication for?

You can take your weight loss medication for as long as it’s necessary to reach your weight loss goals or a healthy BMI.

We do not prescribe weight loss medication for anyone with a BMI under 27. If you reach this level and should you still wish to continue to lose weight to reach your goals, we will consider the next steps in your weight loss journey.

Your weight loss doctor will also determine the longest length of time you can continue to take your weight loss medication before you need to take a break. This is usually determined by how effective the medication is in suppressing your appetite.



Are there side effects to taking weight loss medication?

As with any medications, there can be side effects to weight loss medication. However, they don’t affect everyone and those that experience side effects notice that they are mild and short-lived.

With all our  appetite suppressants, phentermine, diethylpropion and Saxenda, you might notice some gastrointestinal differences like nausea, constipation or diarrhoea but this should not affect you for long, if at all!

If you have concern about the side effects of weight loss medications, you can reach out to your Slimming Clinic doctor at any time for support.



Is weight loss medication safe?

Yes – weight loss medication is completely safe.

If prescription weight loss medication becomes part of your online weight loss programme, we will prescribe and dispense them to you directly after a thorough medical health review.

As with any prescription medication, it is important that only you take medication we prescribe for you by a doctor or nurse who has assessed that you are medically suitable for it.

If you have any questions regarding the medication, please speak to our medical team. We will be able to give you more information at your consultation.



If you are trying to lose weight and are finding it hard, weight loss medication could be that extra pillar of support that you need in order to reach your weight loss goals.

As part of our online weight loss programmes, we also offer additional weight loss support in the form of supplements and doctor appointments.

If you are looking for a boost to your weight loss – contact us today and find out more about weight loss programmes with The Slimming Clinic.


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