Dr. Michael Lee graduated from Stanford University with honors and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1996. Dr. Lee completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital.

Medications I use for weight loss

I thought I’d summarize some of the medications I use to help people lose weight.

Appetite Suppressants diethylpropion (Tenuate), phendimetrazine (Bontril), phentermine (Adipex-P) are a stimulants which suppress your appetite. Think about them like a strong cup of coffee. Common side effects include palpitations and insomnia (so it’s better taken earlier in the day).

Antidepressant buproprion (Wellbutrin) is an antidepressant which is also commonly used to help people stop smoking. I find that many people who are overweight suffer from depression and/or anxiety will self-medicate with food.

Insulin Sensitizer metformin (Glucophage) is commonly used in diabetes, but can be used to promote and maintain weight loss even if you don’t have diabetes. People who are overweight have higher insulin levels which increases weight gain since insulin increases hunger. Metformin helps by increases your sensitivity to insulin resulting in lower insulin levels. One study showed that combined with a low-calorie/carb diet, women loss 20 to 30 pounds in a year. Even those with no dietary changes lose 12 pounds.

Meal Replacement Shakes (Optifast 70, Medifast 55) are 80 & 90 calorie liquid shakes that are used 5 times a day or 3 times a day with dinner.

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