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What's New With Weightloss - Wegovy and Saxenda

Losing weight with Saxenda and fast and easy

You may have heard that there is a new class of weight-loss medications that are incredibly effective at curbing appetite, improving blood sugar control and promoting profound weight-loss. This group of medications is known as glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists, or GLP-1. This group of GLP-1 medications come in a variety of names, dosages and frequency of dosing, but they all act in one common way, they inhibit the hunger hormone, leptin. It is this hormone, leptin, that controls our hunger, whether it induces us to eat more or to realize we are full, depending on the level of the leptin hormone. Unfortunately, like insulin resistance, many people develop leptin resistance, in that even though the leptin level may be elevated, sending a message to our brain that we should be full, we become resistant to that message and remain un-satiated which leads to overeating. By restoring leptin sensitivity, hunger is controlled, and we are able to shed excess weight.

Here at Renove Medical Spa, we have found that treating our patients with GLP-1 agonists has been very effective at promoting significant weight loss, quickly and easily, with minimal side effects. Many of our patients have lost 10 pounds in 4 weeks with sustained weight-loss at that rate for 3 months, with patients reaching their goal weights in several months. We offer medication administration training and ongoing counseling during use of your treatment with a GLP-1 medication.

There are two Medications in the GLP-1 agonists class that are FDA approved for weight loss, Wegovy and Saxenda. There are other GLP-1 agonists that are approved for diabetes management. These medications are generally taken by a shot (injection) given daily or weekly. This should not be a deterrent to anyone, as the needle size is very small, and the auto-injector is very easy for anyone to use.

For Weight Loss:

  • Semaglutide (Wegovy) (weekly)

  • Liraglutide (Saxenda) (daily)

For Diabetes:

  • Dulaglutide (Trulicity) (weekly)

  • Exenatide extended release (Bydureon bcise) (weekly)

  • Exenatide (Byetta) (twice daily)

  • Semaglutide (Ozempic) (weekly)

  • Liraglutide (Victoza) (daily)

  • Lixisenatide (Adlyxin) (daily)

  • Semaglutide (Rybelsus) (taken by mouth once daily)

The downside to GLP-1 drugs is that all but one has to be taken by a shot. And, like any drug, there is a risk of side effects, some serious. Side effects most commonly occur initially, just as you begin the medicaiton, such as transient stomach cramping. This is why dosages are increased slowly. More common side effects often improve as you continue to take the drug for a while.

Some of the more common side effects include:

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Dehydration

  • Nausea

Dehydration occurs because this class of medication can also inhibit thirst as much as hunger, so often people don't get the thirst cues to drink more water. Therefore planning to drink plenty of water is part of the regimen when prescribed these medications. The GLP-1 class of drugs isn't recommended if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer or multiple endocrine neoplasia.

If you are interested in losing weight with a GLP-1 medication, you may wish to start by contacting your insurance company to see if any of the above medications are covered by your health insurance, as the price on the free market is VERY expensive, approximately $400 to $1,300 per month. We also provide training on the self injection technique, counseling and monthly follow up for you GLP-1 weight loss journey for best results.

If you would like to see if you are a good candidate for our weight loss program with a GLP-1 agonist, please call for an appointment with Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D. at 302-227-1079 or book online here .

We at Renove Medical Spa want you to look and feel your best. So come to the best and first Medical Spa in Sussex County, Delaware, the office of Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D. All treatments are performed or supervised by Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D., who is a top 10% aesthetic physician in the U.S. with BellaDiamond and Platinum awards. If you want the best results, go to the best doctor in town, because you are worth it! Visit us at historic downtown Rehoboth Beach, where patient parking is always available just for you. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if a treatment with Dr. Parsons is right for you, 302-227-1079 or book a consultation or treatment online at Renove Med Spa | Service Menu ( Restore, Reclaim, Renove!

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