MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS

PHYSICIAN SUPERVISED WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS

Medical Weight Loss

As we get older, life and our metabolism seem to slow down and the body begins to function less efficiently than it did in earlier years. We provide each patient with a customized weight loss plan designed to meet and achieve their goals at our conveniently located office.

Our medical weight loss programs are specially formulated to help patients lose weight, feel more energized, and regain their sense of vitality. 

Our appetite suppressant program is comprised of a weekly weigh in with body composition analysis, weekly Lipostat injections, as well as a tailored nutrition plan. All of our programs are physician supervised with regular visits with the practitioner.

We use the most affordable and effective prescription weight loss drugs: orlistat, phentermine, Tenuvate, and Qsymia. We often prescribe a combination of generics that is similar to rebranded combination products. The savings in prescription costs can be extremely dramatic.

Medical Weight Loss

As we get older, life and our metabolism seem to slow down and the body begins to function less efficiently than it did in earlier years. We provide each patient with a customized weight loss plan designed to meet and achieve their goals at our conveniently located office.

Our medical weight loss programs are specially formulated to help patients lose weight, feel more energized, and regain their sense of vitality. 

Our appetite suppressant program is comprised of a weekly weigh in with body composition analysis, weekly Lipostat injections, as well as a tailored nutrition plan. All of our programs are physician supervised with regular visits with the practitioner.

We use the most affordable and effective prescription weight loss drugs: orlistat, phentermine, Tenuvate, and Qsymia. We often prescribe a combination of generics that is similar to rebranded combination products. The savings in prescription costs can be extremely dramatic.

Is the weight loss program expensive?

What is your health worth to you? The truth is, you can avoid spending money on extensive medical care in the future by curbing poor health early on. In essence, your health is priceless. There’s no replacement body for purchase when this one struggles or breaks down. By following the Fountain of Wellness MD weight loss program––formatted specifically for you by our medical team––you’ll save far more money than you’ll spend.

For those patients who are worried about the costs of treatment, we have a variety of programs to fit almost any budget. We are also able to accept Health Savings, Flex Spending, Care Credit, and have an in-house financing program. Please call or stop ~~by office for specific pricing and to learn about specials currently offered at any of our locations.

I have tried other weight loss programs. How is yours different?

Fountain of You MD’s Medical Weight Loss program has been successfully incorporated into the lives of many. Anyone willing to make the commitment to themselves and the program will have success in both losing the weight and maintaining their results. All patients are provided with their own support team comprised of a medical practitioner, patient care coordinator, nutritionist, and medical assistants who will guide and encourage you along the way.

Our medical weight loss programs are specially formulated to help patients lose weight, feel more energized, and regain their sense of vitality. Implementing these lifestyle plans can also greatly reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, a specific group of risk factors that are known to enhance the likelihood of Coronary Artery Disease, stroke, and Type II Diabetes.

As we get older, life and our metabolism seem to slow down and the body begins to function less efficiently than it did in earlier years. We provide each patient with a customized weight loss plan designed to meet and achieve their goals at any of our conveniently located offices

Our appetite suppressant program is comprised of a weekly weigh in with body composition analysis, weekly Lipostat injections, as well as a tailored nutrition plan. All of our programs are physician supervised with regular visits with the practitioner, open access to our nutritionists, and daily emails with recipes and workouts.

  • Reduce Hunger, Control Appetite and Inhibit Cravings for Fatty Foods
  • Enhance Energy levels and Boost Mood
  • Improve Ability for Physical Activity and Increasing Stamina
  • Increase Metabolic Rate as You Rest (the number of calories your body burns at rest)

Weight loss patients at Fountain of You MD come in weekly for body composition analysis, which helps maintain accountability and are a way to track changes in body composition. We use the latest body impedance analyzer and give you a print out of your body composition changes. Weight loss is not just about seeing the pounds reduced. It is about also seeing the lean body mass changes. This is the latest technology to track and monitor your progress. Regular monitoring keeps patients on track and allows us to intervene if dietary or lifestyle changes are affecting efficiency in weight loss. At each visit, you will receive Lipostat, a combination vitamin injection, that ensures maximal metabolism and helps correct any deficiencies. Many patients also experience an energy boost.

Phentermine

Phentermine (Adipex® or Suprenza®) works by curbing your appetite. It’s approved for short-term use (a few weeks) only.

Side effects can be serious, such as raising your blood pressure or causing heart palpitations, restlessness, dizziness, tremor, insomnia, shortness of breath, chest pain, and trouble doing activities you’ve been able to do. Less serious side effects include dry mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting.

As with some other appetite suppressants, there’s a risk of becoming dependent upon the drug.

Don’t take it late in the evening, as it may cause insomnia.

If you take insulin for diabetes, let your doctor know before you take phentermine, as you may need to adjust your insulin dose.

You should not take phentermine if you have a history of heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, or uncontrolled high blood pressure. You also shouldn’t take it if you have glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, or a history of drug abuse, or if you are pregnant or nursing.

Phentermine is an amphetamine. Because of the risk of addiction or abuse, such stimulant drugs are “controlled substances,” which means they need a special type of prescription.

Phentermine and Topiramate (Qsymia®)

Qsymia® works by curbing your appetite. Qsymia® combines phentermine with the seizure/migraine drug topiramate. Topiramate causes weight loss in several ways, including helping you feel full, making foods taste less appealing, and burning more calories.

Qsymia® is approved for long-term use. It has much lower amounts of phentermine and topiramate than when these drugs are given alone.

The most common side effects are tingling hands and feet, dizziness, altered sense of taste, insomnia, constipation, and dry mouth. Serious side effects include certain birth defects (cleft lip and cleft palate), faster heart rate, suicidal thoughts or actions, and eye problems that could lead to permanent vision loss if not treated.

Women who might become pregnant should get a pregnancy test before taking Qsymia® and should use birth control and get monthly pregnancy tests while on the drug. You also shouldn’t take Qsymia® if you have glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, heart disease, or stroke. Get regular checks of your heart when starting the drug or increasing the dose.​

Orlistat®

Orlistat® is meant to treat obesity in conjunction with a low-fat, low-calorie diet, according to the FDA. The drug is a lipase inhibitor, meaning it works to prevent the action of a pancreatic enzyme called lipase, which breaks down fat in the small intestine. Thus, taking Orlistat® with each meal prevents the absorption of all the fat from the food into the body.

The most common side effects of Orlistat® relate to the extra fat being excreted instead of absorbed: gassiness, oily bowel movements and other bowel-related changes.

Contrave®

Sold under the brand name Contrave® (Bupropion® and Naltrexone®) it is the combination of two older drugs. The combination of the 2 can be an effective aid in weight loss along with diet and exercise. Bupropion® was previously approved as a smoking cessation aid and to treat depression. Naltrexone® had been used to treat alcohol and opioid addiction. Doctors aren’t entirely sure how the drug combination works to promote weight loss. The drug’s most likely targets are the hypothalamus, an almond-size region deep in the brain that controls hunger, and the mesolimbic reward system, a brain circuit that is involved in any rewarding activity, including eating.

Tenuate® and Phentermine®

Both Phentermine® and Tenuate® are FDA-approved weight loss medications. For most individuals, these are very safe options that can be added to any of our medically monitored weight loss programs. Phentermine® and Tenuate® are generally well tolerated with few side effects. The FDA has approved Phentermine® and Tenuate® for short-term (3 months) treatment of obesity (BMI > 30); however, many Obesity Medicine Specialists use Phentermine® and Tenuate® for a longer duration, and even as long-term maintenance drugs.  For individuals with a BMI from 27 to 30, Phentermine® and Tenuate® may be appropriate if there are other weight related medical problems, like diabetes, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Belviq®

Belviq® was also approved for long-term use by the FDA in the Fall of 2012 for the long-term treatment of obesity. Belviq® works in our brains increasing the release of Serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in appetite regulation. Serotonin triggers a feeling of satiety, so even with an empty stomach, the user will not feel that much hungry. The same neurotransmitter is also known to influence the mood. Belviq® is a prescription medication that can only be offered to patients with a BMI above 30.