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Weight Loss Medication

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Kirkland & Seattle Weight Loss Medication at Sound Weight Loss

If you’ve worked hard to lose weight without success, or have been unable to keep it off, you know how frustrating the weight loss journey can be. Medication often helps reduce hunger and cravings and can turn off “food noise” by targeting and controlling your appetite control centers. Let us take the confusion and misinformation out of the media-driven hype on anti-obesity medications Dr. Christine James and her team at Sound Medical Weight Loss in Kirkland, Washington, make safe, informed, and appropriate decisions around weight loss medications for you. Our obesity medicine specialists use a compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based approach to a medical treatment that can help you finally gain control over your eating habits. If you’re ready to explore treatment options for achieving your weight loss goals and are in the Eastside Seattle area, call or book an appointment online today.

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What Medications Are Approved for Weight Loss?

There are now many FDA-approved drugs that are available as a treatment for pre-obesity and obesity based on clinical need. They work most effectively with a comprehensive weight loss program and medical supervision. Our providers have deep training and experience with the latest anti-obesity medications. We understand that this new era of anti-obesity medications is not just a fad - it is a paradigm shift in obesity management.

Our medical weight loss program helps you establish strategies to maintain a healthy weight in the long term. Medication can be helpful in overcoming present barriers as you work alongside a specialist to build healthier habits. You will be closely monitored during your treatment, receiving dietary guidance, medical supervision, accountability weight checks, and mindfulness support.

Prescription weight loss medications like Wegovy, Zepbound, Phentermine, Qsymia®, Contrave®, or Saxenda®, may be recommended based on clinical need to help you regulate your appetite. Insurance coverage varies on these medications, depending on your plan. Safe compounded formulas may be available for the medications on the FDA shortage list.

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When Are Weight Loss Medications Prescribed?

Individuals who are overweight or obese may benefit from weight loss medications, which help to control cravings and support portion control, particularly in the early stages of weight loss. But many of these medications have been approved for long-term management of obesity.

Prescription weight loss medications may be considered if your BMI is 30 or more or if your BMI is 27 – 29 and you have 1 or more weight-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.

If you meet these requirements, weight loss medications may be used to help reduce severe hunger, cravings, binging and improve portion control, making it easier to stay on plan and successfully lose weight.

You may also consider natural, non-prescription appetite suppressants, which can reduce hunger and make it easier to focus on your healthy eating plan and develop supportive long-term eating habits.

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Weight Loss Medication Benefits

Losing weight can come with many frustrating ups and downs. Weight loss medications are designed to help you overcome challenges and develop forward momentum on your journey.

Maintaining a healthy weight can have a positive effect on several areas of your life:

Lowered risk of chronic diseases and conditions: Excess weight is a significant risk factor for conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer. Losing weight can help lower these risks. Losing weight can also alleviate joint pain and improve mobility.

Higher energy levels: Taking off excess weight can boost your energy levels and stamina, making it easier and more enjoyable to participate in physical activity and daily tasks. It can also alleviate sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders, leading to better quality sleep and overall improved restfulness.

Enhanced mood and mental well-being: Enhancing your ability to be active and maintain a stable weight lets you engage in physical activities that release endorphins, boosting your mood and reducing feelings of anxiety and depression.

Better self-esteem and body image: Maintaining a weight that is healthy for your body type can greatly boost your self-confidence and help you develop a more positive body image. 

Improved fertility: Obesity can interfere with reproductive hormones and reduce fertility in both men and women. Weight loss may improve fertility outcomes for individuals trying to conceive.

We want you to live life to the fullest. Our weight loss specialists are here to help you make progress on your journey and enjoy the fruits of your labor in the form of better physical and mental health. 

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Schedule Your Weight Loss Medication Consultation

Our weight loss physicians located in the Seattle area in Kirkland, WA, can help you lose weight safely and effectively with personalized weight loss programs incorporating weight loss medication. Call or schedule your first consultation. We are here to offer both medical weight loss support and behavioral tools to help you stay motivated and keep the weight off for good. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started on building your best life today. 

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Weight Loss Medication

Frequently Asked Questions

Medication for weight loss can be very effective for the right candidate when combined with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. For example, studies show that Wegovy (semaglutide) can help individuals with overweight and obesity lose up to 15 to 20 percent of their body weight. The new medication, Zepbound (tirzepatide), reported an average of 20 - 22 percent reduction in body weight in their study. There are promising new weight loss medications on the horizon. Treating obesity is no longer a fad diet, it is medical management of a chronic disease. For this reason, it is important to work with a weight loss specialist like the providers at Sound Weight Loss, who understand the new class of weight loss medications while closely monitoring your progress.

Potential side effects of weight loss medications depend on the specific medication. Commonly reported side effects include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, and increased heart rate. Some medications may also carry more serious risks, especially for people with certain medical conditions. Our weight loss doctors take an in-depth medical history, assess your specific needs and monitor your progress on an ongoing basis in order to prescribe the right medication and ensure its safety and efficacy. 

Results with weight loss medication can vary depending on factors such as your individual metabolism, adherence to your prescribed regimen, and your success in implementing lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Some people may start to see modest weight loss within a few weeks of starting medication, while others may take longer to experience significant changes. It's essential to set realistic expectations and understand that weight loss typically occurs gradually over time rather than rapidly. 

Yes—without ongoing lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and regular exercise, the underlying factors contributing to weight gain may not be addressed, increasing the likelihood of regaining lost weight. At Sound Weight Loss, weight loss medication is one component of your weight loss program, helping you build sustainable lifestyle habits to maintain your ideal weight in the long term.