Weight Loss Medications Specialist

Marin Weight Loss & Wellness

Weight Loss Centers located in Novato, CA & Greenbrae, CA

If you’re having trouble losing weight through diet and exercise, a weight loss medication may be your best treatment option (particularly if your excess weight is causing more serious health concerns). Visit Marin Weight Loss & Wellness in Novato or Greenbrae, California, for a personalized consultation with Dr. Gail Altschuler to find out if weight loss medication is right for you.

Weight Loss Medications Q & A

When are weight loss medications useful?

Dr. Altschuler offers various science-based treatments to stimulate changes in your body that help you drop unwanted pounds. However, weight loss medications aren’t appropriate for everyone.

Before recommending a pharmaceutical weight loss solution, Dr. Altschuler conducts a thorough examination of your current health and medical history.

She may administer a BMI test to confirm whether you’re clinically obese, meaning your body fat has reached an excessively unhealthy amount for your height and sex. About 70% of Americans are overweight, of which roughly 40% are considered obese.

Other conditions that may qualify you for weight loss medications include gaining weight from a prescription drug you’re using to treat a different condition. Dr. Altschuler may or may not prescribe a counteracting weight loss medication once she’s assessed all potential risks.

What is involved in a weight loss medication plan?

If you start taking a weight loss medication, Dr. Altschuler carefully monitors your reaction and progress to ensure your safety. Be sure to report any side effects immediately.

She also makes adjustments as needed to reduce your risk of losing too much weight or losing weight too quickly.

Dr. Altschuler takes a holistic approach, so she often makes personalized recommendations for dietary changes and new exercise routines in conjunction with your weight loss medication.

Her complete physician-supervised weight loss program consists of four stages:

  1. A complete medical evaluation
  2. Restructuring diet and exercise habits for significant weight loss
  3. Controlling appetite to optimize weight loss
  4. Maintaining results through food variety and adjusting for natural changes as you age

Following a comprehensive weight loss plan will help you retain the benefits of weight loss medication.

What are the risks associated with weight loss medications?

Most medications involve some risks or possible side effects, and each person’s body reacts differently, so ask Dr. Altschuler about a complete assessment. She only prescribes weight loss medications if they’re safe for you, and she carefully monitors your progress, adjusting the dosage or medication as necessary.

If you’re considering weight loss medications, put your trust in an experienced physician who specializes in supervised weight loss. Call or book an appointment online at Marin Weight Loss & Wellness.