If you need help losing weight, we can prescribe treatment such as weight loss pills and weight loss injections to support your management plan.
Weight loss treatments are made for people with high BMIs. Here at Online Doctor, we currently offer Orlistat, Xenical and Saxenda®.
Orlistat and Xenical can be prescribed for people with a BMI of over 30 (or 28 if you have a risk factor such as high blood pressure).
Saxenda® is suitable for people with a BMI of over 30 (or 27-30 if you have a risk factor).
During your online consultation, we’ll work out your BMI (you’ll need to know your weight). We’ll also ask about other medicines you’re taking, and any conditions you have. The questionnaire is completely confidential, and we’ll use the information to ensure the treatment you have requested is safe to take.
Xenical and Orlistat (which both have the same active ingredient, orlistat, so work in the same way), are prescribed as a tablet. They work by blocking up to a third of the fat in the food you eat from being absorbed into your system.
Saxenda®, the weight loss injection (pen) that we offer, works by suppressing your appetite. This means it makes you feel less hungry and fuller quicker.
The goal with weight management should be to reach a healthy weight for your height and build, and to maintain it. Achieving sustainable results and staying at your goal weight is best done by making adjustments to your lifestyle, being more active and eating a balanced diet. However, it is possible that prescription weight loss treatments can help you reach your goal weight. If you have any concerns about sudden weight gain, you should see your GP for advice.
If you’re looking to lose weight because you have a high BMI, you may be at higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Reaching a healthy weight can lower your risk of experiencing these serious health issues.
If you’re living with asthma or erectile dysfunction, weight loss can improve your symptoms. Some people find that reaching a healthy weight improves self-confidence and mental health. It can also make some activities more enjoyable as the strain on their joints is reduced as well.
Make changes to your lifestyle that you can stick to, and you will find maintaining a healthy weight easier. Fad diets tend to make your weight drop dramatically and then rise again, so avoid these. Instead, try to eat more whole fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and lean protein while increasing your activity level. Walk more, join a local sports team, or swim regularly. The occasional sugary treat is fine, but make sure it’s occasional and part of a balanced diet.
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