What are Appetite Suppressants and How Should They Be Used?

Have you been struggling to lose weight for a long time? Have you been doing everything that doctors and dieticians say you should do – exercise regularly, eat healthily, monitor your calories – but haven’t had much luck? If you’re looking for a more effective way to lose those stubborn pounds, Dr. Carl Ferguson at Ferguson Family Medicine can customize a weight-loss plan involving appetite suppressants that can meet your unique needs.

Certain factors such as your current weight, medical history, age, and other health issues will influence the kind of plan that Dr. Ferguson prescribes. This plan will include check-ins to monitor your weight loss, a customized exercise regimen, and perhaps other lifestyle changes.

Ideal candidates for appetite suppressants

To find out if appetite suppressants are right for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ferguson to review your medical history. This review will also include a physical examination as well as a discussion about your weight-loss goals.

Generally speaking, the most ideal candidates for a medical weight-loss program with appetite suppressants have a body mass index, or BMI, of 25 or higher. Other ideal candidates for this program may have developed other health complications that are directly related to being overweight. All of these factors will be considered during your consultation.

How appetite suppressants work

One of the weight-loss medications we use is called phentermine, which helps suppress your appetite as your body gets used to limiting calories. With proper guidance from Dr. Ferguson, this drug is effective and safe in helping people lose weight that they struggle to lose on their own.

Approved by the FDA in 1959, phentermine is recommended for people 16 and older, and works by increasing neurotransmitters in the brain. There is a definite relationship between neurotransmitters and hunger. As neurotransmitters increase, your appetite decreases.

While many patients find this drug helpful in their weight-loss journey, we don’t want it to be your only method for weight loss. Ultimately, our goal is to help you learn better eating and exercise habits so you can not only lose weight, but keep that weight off. We offer support on a long-term basis to help you adjust to these lifestyle changes, and will monitor your progress in the months to come.

Learn more about appetite suppressants

If you struggle to lose weight and want to learn more about phentermine, we invite you to give Dr. Ferguson a call at 480-372-4823 for a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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