Medication-assisted Weight Loss

Sometimes, weight loss is more complicated than simply burning more calories than you take in.

Are you counting calories and exercising, but the scale won’t budge?

That could be because certain hormones, such as insulin (which manages your blood sugar levels), are working against you. This is why medication-assisted weight loss has become popular.

Hydrafuse can support you with a professionally supervised program. Schedule a time to meet with our nurse practitioner.

For patients who might benefit from this program, you will receive a weekly injection of a GLP-1 agonist. These drugs are advertised under their brand names. They were developed and are approved to treat Type 2 diabetes but have been found to have weight-loss benefits as well.

When used alongside diet and exercise, these medications can lower your blood sugar levels and get the scale moving in the right direction.

Frequently Asked Questions about Weight-Loss

This is a medically supervised program in which you may receive weekly, escalating doses of a GLP-agonist via subcutaneous injection. The drug has been shown to suppress the appetite and reduce cravings.

Weight-loss drugs mimic the GLP-1 hormone, which prompt your body to produce more insulin, reducing blood sugar. They also slow your digestion, making you feel fuller for longer after eating.

When you first meet with our licensed professionals, we will review your medical history as well as current and past diet and exercise habits. Your medical history may provide clues to underlying biological obstacles weight loss such as hormonal imbalances. This consultation will also help us to determine if you are a good candidate for weight-loss medication.

Once you are approved, we will mail your medication directly to your home, where you can inject yourself privately.

Weight-loss medications are typically injected under the skin on your stomach, thighs, or upper arm. We may ask you to rotate injection sites.

This varies based on your individual circumstances. Our healthcare providers will discuss the timeline with you.

A National Institutes of Health study found that participants had lost about 15 pounds by the three-month mark and another 15 at the six-month mark, although individual results may vary. It did find that patients with Type 2 diabetes lost less weight than those who are not diabetic.

Medication-assisted weight loss is typically more effective when the patient has a body mass index over 30 or a BMI over 27 with one of these weight-related conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes

Weight loss medications are not recommended for patients with a history of:

  • Medullary thyroid cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome Type 2 (MEN)
  • Eating disorders

If your primary care physician does not prescribe weight-loss medication, or you face a long wait to see someone who does, you can stop searching. Hydrafuse is able to prescribe these medications after an appropriate assessment and under medical supervision. Then we’ll ship your medication directly to your home, where you can inject yourself in private.

Fill out a few forms, including your medical history, and our team of licensed doctors and nurses will study your medical history to determine whether you’re a good candidate.

Once they do, you can begin your weight-loss medication regimen.

With Hydrafuse, you don’t have to go anywhere! We know you’re busy trying to manage your work and home lives – and lose weight on top of all that. So Hydrafuse aims to make our weight-loss medication program as convenient as possible. Once you are approved, we will mail your medication directly to your home, where you can inject yourself in private.

Yes. It’s important that you don’t rely on the injections as your only means of losing weight, especially if you hope to keep the weight off. You need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Hydrafuse can recommend nutritionists, physical trainers and other professionals who can be part of your wellness team.

As with many prescription drugs, there is a chance your body may experience side effects. Common side effects include:
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Stomach issues (nausea, vomiting, bloating or pain)
  • Gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea, constipation or gassiness)
Your medical professional will discuss potential side effects with you and monitor your progress regularly to minimize any unwanted side effects.

Hydrafuse’s medical team will review your medications and dosage listed on your medical history to determine if there are any concerns.

Have Other Questions?

If you have specific questions about our weight-loss medication plan, please contact us directly.

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