5 Common Questions About Weight-Loss Drugs and Injectables
New York Bariatric Group has received many questions about its medical weight loss program and weight-loss drugs and injectables. While weight-loss drugs and injectables can be an effective short-term strategy, the long-term success and tolerance for side effects of these medications is still being researched. NYBG is sharing the answers to some of the top questions to help those who might be interested in learning more.
Top 5 Questions Answered
1. How do weight-loss medications work?
Answer: The medications work by mimicking the neurotransmitters that control hunger and fullness related to eating. They control the dopamine receptors so that the excitement about eating and snacking is diminished, and patients have a healthier interaction with the foods that they generally enjoy. They also may slow down the GI tract so food stays in your stomach for longer.
2. How long will I have to take medication?
Answer: Usually a patient will have to take medication for life. However, the approach at New York Bariatric Group’s doctor-supervised medical weight loss program is different and more flexible. Once patients reach their goal weight and have made consistent improvement with exercise and are eating healthily, it is reasonable to try to wean down the medication.
3. Is this a comprehensive weight loss program?
Answer: Yes! This is a comprehensive weight loss program that offers nutritionists, psychologists, medical weight loss specialists and weight loss surgeons that work together in order to come up with the most comprehensive and effective weight-loss results for patients.
4. Will my insurance cover weight-loss medication?
Answer: Patients need to contact pharmacy benefits on the back of their insurance cards and ask specifically if their employer covers weight loss medications. This will provide important information. If the medicine is not covered by insurance, out-of-pocket costs can range from $100 to $3,000 per month depending on the medication. If this is too expensive, the New York Bariatric Group can help patients explore other options.
5. Which medications work better?
Answer: Currently, as of September 2023, the weight-loss injectable medications tend to have better immediate results than oral medications. However, there is no long-term weight loss data yet, and there are some significant side effects that can result from the medications.
New York Bariatric Group: Weight Loss Leader
New York Bariatric Group’s doctor-supervised medical weight loss program is committed to patient safety and well-being. Patients benefit from regular monitoring and follow-up appointments. This ongoing supervision allows doctors to make necessary adjustments to a patient’s treatment plan based on their progress and any changes in their health status. It ensures that the weight loss journey is personalized and optimized for each individual, leading to more effective outcomes.
New York Bariatric Group is a leader in long-term weight-loss solutions. Their bariatric practice is the best around and they have the numbers to prove it:
- Over 30 surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, plastic surgery, veins, and medical weight loss.
- 36,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
- The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
- Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q-and-A sessions
- 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
- Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
- Since 2000, we boast over 23 years of success!
All of our hospitals are Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited facilities, which is a prestigious designation bestowed upon only the top-quality bariatric programs.
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