Contrave, Wegovy, Plenity, Oh My: What to Know About Weight Loss Medications

If you’ve been struggling to lose that extra pounds and are considering medical weight loss solutions, you’re in the right place. But before considering weight loss medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, and Saxenda, as part of your weight loss journey, let’s discuss how these medications work, their potential benefits, and what you should know.

Understanding Medical Weight Loss Medications

The Need for Medical Intervention

Weight management can be challenging. For some individuals, more than diet and exercise is required to yield the desired results. That’s where medical weight loss medications come into play. These medications, prescribed by healthcare professionals, can help individuals achieve sustainable weight loss when combined with a comprehensive treatment plan.

Exploring Injectable Weight Loss Medications

At Lakefront Wellness, we primarily recommend Wegovy (semaglutide). It’s an injectable medication that has recently gained FDA approval for chronic weight management. Like Ozempic, Wegovy is a synthetic version of GLP-1 and acts similarly to promote weight loss. Studies have shown significant results, with patients experiencing substantial weight loss combined with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.

Exploring Oral Weight Loss Medications

We offer a variety of oral weight loss medications, including:


Contrave is a prescription weight loss medication that works on two areas of the brain: the hunger center and your reward system. It works by reducing hunger and controlling cravings. With these two functions, it can effectively help you lose weight.


Plenity is an FDA-cleared natural appetite suppressant used in the treatment of adults with a BMI of 25-40. The formula is derived from natural ingredients found in fruits, vegetables, cellulose, and citric acid. When taken with water, small gel pieces that mimic ingested food are released and take up room in your stomach, making you feel full.

Adipex (Phentermine)

This medication is another appetite suppressant and is primarily helpful as a short-term aid for weight loss.

Qsymia (Phentermine/Topiramate)

Qsymia is used to prevent food cravings. It’s considered an effective appetite suppressant and often used as a weight loss aid.

Potential Benefits of Weight Loss Medications

Weight loss medications can offer several benefits, including:

  • Effective Weight Reduction: Clinical studies have demonstrated that these medications can lead to significant weight loss when used as a comprehensive weight management plan.
  • Improved Health Markers: Alongside weight loss, medical weight loss medications can help improve certain health markers, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and glycemic control.
  • Enhanced Motivation: A noticeable weight loss can boost motivation, leading to sustained lifestyle changes that support long-term weight management.

Important Considerations and Precautions

Before considering weight loss medications, consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial. They will evaluate your circumstances and provide guidance based on your health history and goals. Some key considerations include:

Side Effects

While weight loss medications can be effective, they may have potential side effects. These can include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and changes in taste. Your healthcare provider will discuss potential risks and benefits specific to your situation.

Comprehensive Approach

Medication should always be combined with a comprehensive weight management approach. This includes dietary modifications, increased physical activity, behavioral changes, and ongoing support from healthcare professionals.

Schedule a Consultation at Lakefront Wellness

If you’re ready to step towards achieving your weight loss goals, the experts at Lakefront Wellness are here to help. Our team of dedicated professionals, including dietitians and healthcare providers, will guide you through a personalized weight loss journey that suits your individual needs.

To schedule a consultation today, call our Lakeland, TN office at 901-445-7956 or use our online booking tool.


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