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 & your health care provider. You will consider drug side effects, family medical history, current medications & your health & health history.
Q: How long will I need to take weight-loss drugs?
A: It depends if the drug helps you to lose & maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a chronic condition. Permanent changes to diet & daily physical activity will improve health & help maintain a healthy weight.
Q: Will I regain some weight after I stop taking weight-loss drugs?
A: Many people who stop taking obesity medications regain some of the weight they lost if they do not adhere to healthy eating habits & regular, daily exercise. Maintaining healthy eating habits & increasing physical activity is the only way to insure you keep the weight off.