Weight loss medications are drugs that are sometimes used in conjunction with diet and exercise to help people lose weight. They can be prescribed by a doctor after a medical examination and discussion of health goals. Different types of weight loss drugs work in different ways, such as suppressing appetite, increasing feelings of fullness, or interfering with fat absorption. Some popular prescription weight loss medications include Orlistat (Xenical, Alli), Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia), Bupropion-naltrexone (Contrave), Liraglutide (Saxenda), and Semaglutide (Wegovy), which have been approved by the FDA for long-term use [1, 2].
It is possible to discuss personalized weight loss plans with a doctor online and get prescriptions for weight loss medications through telemedicine [3, 8]. Some online weight loss programs offer full medical examination and lab tests, followed by a personalized weight loss plan and continued medical monitoring . Some online doctor weight loss programs also offer Mounjaro (tirzepatide), an FDA-approved weight loss medication [5, 8]. However, it is important to remember that weight loss medications should always be used under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner.