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Anti-obesity medication

Any medication that is approved for the purpose of assisting in reducing the weight can be called an anti-obesity medication. W8MD weight lossSome of the anti-obesity medications include the following:

Who is a candidate for anti-obesity drugs?

anti-obesity drugs require one of the following:
Person has a BMI (body mass index) greater than or equal to 30. The person has a BMI greater than or equal to 27 but less than 30 and two or more of the following risk factors:
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type II diabetes mellitus

Most anti-obesity drugs are approved for weight loss in adults who meet the following criteria:

  • The patient is 18 years of age or older.
  • The patient is not pregnant or nursing.
  • The patient does not have a history of an eating disorder (e.g., anorexia, bulimia).
  • The patient has not had bariatric surgery.
The person has participated in a weight loss treatment plan (e.g., nutritional counseling, an exercise regimen, a calorie-restricted diet) in the past six months and will continue to follow the treatment plan while taking an anti-obesity drug