There are many benefits of using medically-guided weight loss versus trying to lose weight on your own. While there are a lot of options out there, here’s what makes BetterU different:
Phentermine is a stimulant that is prescribed for weight loss. It is known as an appetite suppressant, used for short-term management of obesity. It is thought to believe that Phentermine works by stimulating the Hypothalamus gland and certain Neurotransmitters to decrease your appetite. Your Provider will determine the correct length of time to safely take Phentermine, and your lab work will be monitored closely while taking this medicine. It has proven to have a success rate when properly used. For best results, Phentermine should be taken in conjunction with a program of regular exercise and controlled diet. Due to Phentermine being a controlled substance, the Provider will determine if you qualify for the medicine during the consultation.
Some side effects of Phentermine can include: Insomnia, dry mouth, constipation, jitteriness, and sometimes heart palpitations. It is recommended to be avoided if there is a known history of Anxiety, Insomnia, certain heart conditions, or if already taking a stimulant. It is also contraindicated for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive.
Semaglutide is part of a class of drugs called GLP-1 Receptor Agonists. It works by mimicking a naturally occurring hormone in your body that sends signals to your brain reducing glucagon secretion. This in turn will delay gastric emptying, giving you a sense of fullness, resulting in a decreased caloric intake and reduced food cravings. It has been used in Diabetes Management (Ozempic) for over a decade. The weight loss effects of this medicine have been known for some time, and the FDA recently approved it under the brand name Wegovy. The brand Wegovy is the only FDA-approved version of Semaglutide for weight loss for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above. Other clinics may sell cheaper versions of “Compounded Semaglutide,” but this is not FDA approved for weight loss yet. Your lab work will be closely monitored while taking this medicine. For best results, Wegovy should be taken in conjunction with a program of regular exercise and controlled diet.
Wegovy comes in a pre-filled injection pen. You give the injection subcutaneously into the abdomen once a week. The needle is very small and administering the medicine is relatively not painful. The advantages of Wegovy are:
Some side effects of Wegovy can include: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, feeling bloated. These side effects normally reduce over time. Wegovy is contraindicated if there is a known personal history, or family history, of Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome. Those who are currently are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (Hemoglobin A1C 6.5 or above), should not take Wegovy for weight loss as it could potentially cause hypoglycemia when used in conjunction with routine Diabetic medicine. Please consult with your Endocrinologist or Primary Care Provider to determine if Ozempic or Rybelsus could be an option for the treatment of Diabetes and Obesity.