Weight Loss Medication Specialist

Teresa Camden, MD, FACSM -  - Aesthetic Medicine

New Medical Spa

Teresa Camden, MD, FACSM

Aesthetic Medicine & Weight Management located in Glen Allen, VA

Sometimes no matter how hard you work to follow the perfect diet and exercise plan, you still need a little boost to jumpstart your weight loss. That’s the benefit of prescription-strength weight loss medication. As a wellness and preventive care practitioner, Teresa Camden, MD, FACSM, has extensive experience in prescribing medications based on a patient’s specific needs. If you need help with your weight loss journey, schedule an evaluation at New Medical Spa in Glen Allen and greater Richmond, Virginia. Book either online or over the phone.

Weight Loss Medication Q & A

How do weight loss medications work?

Weight loss medications all work a little differently. Some medications curb your appetite by altering chemical and hormonal processes that are known for making you feel hungry. When you don’t feel hungry, you probably won’t eat as much.

There are also weight loss medications that minimize fat absorption, while others help your body utilize energy — from calories — more efficiently. Your practitioner helps you decide which weight loss medication is best for you by going over your diet, how much weight you need to lose, and how much you’re exercising.

The cost of weight loss medication is approximately $200 every 3 months.

Am I a candidate for weight loss medications?

Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 100 pounds — or more — weight loss medications can jumpstart your journey and set you up for success. You might be a candidate for weight loss medication if you have:

  • Type II diabetes
  • A body mass index (BMI) over 27
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood cholesterol
  • A family history of obesity

It’s important to bring all of your current medications with you when you see Dr. Camden — or make a list of your medications and their dosages. This way she can ensure that your weight loss drug won’t interact with any of your other prescriptions.

Which weight loss medication is best?

Since weight loss isn’t a one-size-fits-all journey, there isn’t a single best medication. The best weight loss medication truly depends on your lifestyle and expectations. Some of the common medications Dr. Camden offers include:

  • Contrave, which is Naltrexone plus Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
  • Qsymia, which is Topamax plus Phentermine
  • Appetite suppressants alone, like Belviq or Phentermine

Some patients also benefit from medications that stabilize your mood and help reduce cravings, such as Topamax or Bupropion. In some cases, you might need to try several different weight loss medications or dosages, before finding one that works best for you.

Dr. Camden even offers lipotropic weight loss B-12 injections that contain methionine, inositol, and choline (MIC). These injections not only help burn fat, they also give you a boost in energy.

Schedule an evaluation at New Medical Spa to see if weight loss medication is right for you. Book either online or over the phone.

* Individual results may vary.