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Medical Weight Loss in Lompoc

If you are overweight or obese and have previously struggled with losing weight, our weight-loss program at Lompoc Valley Medical Center is here to help. In addition to our bariatric surgery options, we offer alternatives to better suit your goals and lifestyle. We follow the strictest guidelines and approvals from the Food and Drug Administration, and we closely monitor your experience to ensure detrimental side effects are at a minimum.

Weight-loss medications work in different ways. Some may help you feel less hungry or make you feel as if your stomach is full sooner. When used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and a physical activity regimen, these options can help you successfully lose weight.

Who Is a Candidate for Medical Weight Loss?

Patients eligible for weight loss medication need to have a body mass index (BMI) of 30% or greater, orhave a BMI of 27% or greater along with weight-associated medical concerns such as hypertension, diabetes, or sleep apnea. Please note that pregnant women, or those planning to become pregnant, should never take weight-loss medications. s. Once you qualify, blood work and a consultation with our dietician are required before medication is prescribed.

Several Weight Loss Medication Options to Help You Meet Your Goals

When considering which medication to choose for your weight loss, it is important to understand a variety of factors, including possible side effects, how the prescription interacts with other medications you’re taking, and cost. During your consultation a physician, will talk to you about your options, while also getting a more thorough understanding of your medical history and weight-loss journey to help you choose the right medication for your goals.

Our medications include:

  • Phentermine: With more than 50 years on the market, this is one of the most popular weight loss medications in America. It works by decreasing your appetite while increasing your energy levels. This pill is taken once a day. Side effects may include agitation or insomnia, with some patients experiencing an increase in blood pressure or heart rate.
  • Orlistat: This pill enhances your weight loss by reducing the amount of dietary fat absorbed in your intestines. Typically, this is taken three times a day. Potential side effects may include diarrhea and in rare occurrences, kidney stones.
  • Liraglutide: Originally formulated as a medication for diabetes, this is now approved in the U.S. for weight loss. This once-daily injectable treatment decreases appetite, increases satiation, and improves metabolism. One of the possible side effects is an upset stomach.
  • Topiramate: This once-daily pill can be used on its own or with phentermine to decrease appetite.
  • Bupropion/Naltrexone: This combination pill is designed to reduce food cravings, leading to weight loss.

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Research has shown that even minor weight loss can lead to favorable decreases in blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels. Our team of specialists are all committed to helping you reach your goals, including a registered dietician, gastroenterologist, cardiologist, and bariatric surgeons. Our experts will work with you to navigate the entire weight loss process, so you feel confident every step of the way. Please note that not every weight-loss journey is the same and results will vary depending on the individual and associated health concerns.