Q: Can drugs replace physical activity or changes in eating habits as a way to lose weight?
A: No. Studies show that weight-loss drugs work best when used with a weight-control program that helps you improve your eating and physical activity habits.
Q: How do I decide which obesity medication is right for me?
A: Choosing a medication to treat obesity is a decision between you and your health care provider. You will consider the drug side effects, your family's medical history, and your current health issues and medicines.
Q: How long will I need to take weight-loss drugs?
A: The answer depends upon whether the drug helps you to lose and maintain weight and whether you have any side effects. Because obesity is a chronic condition only changes to diet and physical activity that continue for years will improve health and maintain a healthy weight.
Q: Will I regain some weight after I stop taking weight-loss drugs?
A: Most people who stop taking obesity medications regain some of the weight they lost. Maintaining healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity is they only way to insure you keep the weight off.