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Weight Loss Medication Specialist

Vivek Gupta, MD, MPH -  - Medical Weight Loss Clinic

Mindful Weight Loss

Vivek Gupta, MD, MPH

Medical Weight Loss Clinic located in Redondo Beach, CA

Medications for weight loss might sound unnecessary or unreliable, but evidence-based options can help you change your habits and reach your goals without gaining the weight back. Board-certified obesity expert Vivek Gupta, MD, MPH, can prescribe weight-loss medication as part of your personalized treatment plan at Mindful Weight Loss in Redondo Beach, California. To learn more about how these medications work, call the office for a consultation or book online today.

Weight Loss Medication Q&A

What is weight-loss medication?

For many prospective patients at Mindful Weight Loss, using weight-loss medication is a key part of their personalized weight-loss plans. These medications make it easier to overcome biological, evolutionary, and even psychological or social setbacks in losing weight.

Weight loss medications at Mindful Weight Loss may include:

  • Liraglutide (Saxenda)
  • Semaglutide (Ozempic and Wegovy)
  • Phentermine
  • Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia)
  • Bupropion/Nalterxone (Contrave)
  • Topiramate (Topomax)
  • Metformin
  • Other evidence-based medications for obesity

While there are plenty of weight-loss medications and supplements out there, Dr. Gupta only prescribes medications that are proven to help deliver results when combined with other approaches in a comprehensive weight-loss plan.

How do weight-loss medications work?

Some weight-loss medications work by targeting the parts of your brain that signal when you feel hungry or full. These medications suppress your appetite and help you stop eating after you’ve eaten a reasonably sized meal or snack. They can also curb your cravings for snacks throughout the day. 

Other weight-loss medications work by inhibiting dietary fat absorption so your body gets fewer calories from the foods you eat. 

No matter which type Dr. Gupta prescribes for you, you’ll experience the best possible results by following all parts of your weight-loss plan closely. He keeps track of your progress with regular appointments and can adjust your dosage if needed. 

Is weight-loss medication a good choice for me?

After your initial 60-minute intake evaluation at Mindful Weight Loss, Dr. Gupta can decide whether or not weight-loss medications are appropriate for your plan. This first evaluation involves a body composition analysis and questions about your habits and medical history. 

Usually, weight-loss medications work well for those under 65 who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or those with a BMI of 27 or higher who also have diabetes or high blood pressure. There are some conditions that disqualify you from weight-loss medication use including hyperthyroidism, heart disease, and pregnancy. 

How long will I take weight-loss medication?

Dr. Gupta decides how long you’ll need to take medication based on your weight-loss goals and starting weight. Obesity is a chronic disease, and reaching a healthier body weight can take a long time. You might need to take your medication and participate in your weight-loss plan for months or years to reach your goal weight.

Medications can accelerate your weight loss and make it easier to follow healthier nutritional guidelines. To explore various medications for your plan, call Mindful Weight Loss today or request an appointment online.