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Weight Loss

With the average American’s waistline continuously expanding, there is no wonder that our healthcare system is overburdened by ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. What was once a healthy diet of homecooked, meals have since morphed into a complex mixture of fat, chemicals, and either salt or sugar. With the extremely high amount of unhealthy food choices available and the ever-increasing sedentary lifestyle, Americans are heavier now than ever before in history. It is estimated that one-half of the population is overweight, with 30% of those described as obese. To combat the obesity epidemic, an explosion of weight loss products has flooded the market, most of which offer miracle cures based on little or no scientific fact. From herbal remedies and unhealthy fad diets to the innumerable prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss medications, it can be hard to find something that really works.

The weight loss industry as a whole was an estimated $64 billion market in 2014. While some people focused their time and energy on deprivation diets that tend to only work for a short term, others have rightly turned to the professional healthcare community for help. Today, many people use prescription diet pills to control their appetite cravings, boost metabolism, burn fat, and to enhance the weight loss process. Some of the most popular medications have been on the market for more than twenty years, proving just how effective they can be.

Diet Medications

There is a huge variety of diet pills on the market to choose from; some are very effective, others, not so much. With all that is available, it is important that individuals select an appropriate medication that best fits their needs and overall weight loss goals. While many are available over-the-counter, others are only available with a prescription from a doctor, like Phentermine.

OTC weight loss medicationsThough some individuals have chosen various OTC medications that worked for them, most find that any gains, or losses rather, that have been made are short lived. Often, when these medications are discontinued, patients gain all they lost back and then some. These yo-yo diets are not only frustrating, but they can be dangerous and cause other serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, muscle wasting, and higher levels of body fat. For your health, most doctors recommend that before choosing a weight loss program that includes any medication, patients should discuss some things with their doctor.

  1. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor for a complete medical evaluation, only they can determine if medications are appropriate and if so, which ones would be the best for your needs. While at your appointment, the doctor will conduct a thorough examination that includes a medical history review and a physical assessment. If warranted, the doctor may also choose to perform any necessary testing just as a precautionary measure.
  2. Be sure to discuss your goals and how the various diet pills work. While many are appetite suppressants, others are fat absorption inhibitors. Depending on what your specific needs are, one medication may be better for you than others.
  3. Side effects are common among these types of medications. Some contain diuretics or stimulants that can cause irregular heart rates, increase high blood pressure, sleep disorders, and nervousness. Those who have a preexisting condition may need additional assessments before beginning.
  4. Once both you and your doctor are satisfied that the best selection for your needs has been made, a prescription will be issued that can be filled at any drugstore. As with any medication, be sure to follow the directions for your medication. Unfortunately, some individuals can become dependent on diet pills creating a whole new set of medical issues.

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managing your weigh loss

Many healthcare providers will tell you that in order to get the best results, an appropriate exercise program should be designed that will help to tone muscles and aid in overall weight loss. Following a healthy, well-balanced diet will only increase your chances of not gaining back any weight you have lost. Some physicians also recommend that their patients seek the advice of a qualified nutritionist who can help individuals customize a diet that can work around even the busiest of lifestyles.

Weight loss doctor in San Francisco

To get a prescription for a weight loss medication in San Francisco, make an appointment with EZCare Clinic. Not only can we diagnose and treat any number of illnesses, including obesity, but we also strive to treat the whole person and not just one condition. With access to medications, exercise programs, and counseling, patients are sure to find just what they need to help them lose weight and get healthy.

We are open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Appointments can be made online as well as by phone at (415) 966-0848. Walk-ins are always welcome.

 

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Daytrana Prescription for ADHD

Daytrana is the commercial name for methylphenidate transdermal system. It is one of several medications that are marketed for the treatment of ADHD; however, unlike other drugs, it is taken transdermally. A transdermal patch is a medicated adhesive patch that looks much like a large band-aid that is placed on the skin to deliver a specific dose of medication. It is passed through the skin into the bloodstream. There are several advantages of using a transdermal delivery system over a traditional method. The patch provides a controlled release of the medication into the patient over time, usually through either a porous membrane or through body heat that melts the medication embedded in the adhesive. In some ADHD patients, Daytrana is prescribed as a second-line treatment when traditional oral forms are not well-tolerated or when patients have difficulty with complying.

Daytrana is the long-acting formulation of methylphenidate, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It works in the CNS to selectively inhibit the presynaptic reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine. In clinical trials, this medication was shown to be very effective in otherwise healthy adults.

Side effects of Daytrana

Like other Methylphenidate prescriptions, Daytrana is usually well-tolerated but can have some adverse effects such as:

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  • Dry mouth or eyes
  • Anxiety, nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness/fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased heart rate
  • Changes in blood pressure

These symptoms typically subside over time, but should any severe conditions occur, speak with your doctor. Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, tongue, or throat is an emergency, and medical attention should be sought immediately.

Methylphenidate/Daytrana is a stimulant that has the risk of dependence or addition similar to amphetamines when it is used in high doses or for long periods. Periodically, your doctor will re-evaluate your condition and make adjustments as necessary.

What causes ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a chronic mental condition that is marked by a pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It can impact virtually every aspect of a patient’s life through emotions, behaviors, and the ability to learn new things.

Symptoms of ADHD can change over time, but it is a lifelong challenge. There is no cure for ADHD, with medication and other treatment, symptoms can be controlled to improve the quality of life.

Common ADHD symptoms include:

  • Extreme restlessness
  • Difficulty participating in quiet activities
  • Excessive talking
  • Little or lack of patience
  • Inability to wait on others
  • Don’t think about the consequences of actions

While research has developed many newer and more effective medications and techniques that can help to control symptoms, the cause of ADHD is yet unknown. Scientists do believe, however, that certain factors may contribute to the development. Exposure to environmental toxins such as lead, brain injury, alcohol, or substance abuse during pregnancy, genetics (ADHD tends to run in families), and poor nutrition are all thought to contribute to ADHD. Despite some very profound claims, sugar, watching too much television and lack of discipline are not the causes of this disorder.

ADHD treatment options in San Francisco

Getting diagnosed with any mental health issue can be complicated. There are no laboratory tests that can definitively say someone has ADHD. Diagnosis is made through extensive elimination and evaluation by a physician. Symptoms of ADHD and other conditions can be the same. Doctors must rule out the presence of those conditions before a diagnosis can be made. The standard for an ADHD diagnosis is that at least six of the nine symptoms of inattention and impulsivity be present and drastically interfere with daily life for at least six months.  This process can take some time, but it is essential that a correct diagnosis is determined. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patients to also have an anxiety disorder or depression due to the complications of living with ADHD.

Like many other mental illnesses, ADHD can be treated with medications, therapy, or a combination of both. While some patients tend to avoid therapy due to the stigma associated with mental health, most doctors feel that the benefits are very effective. Therapists or counselors can not only work through the intense emotions that these types of disorders cause, but they can also help patients learn beneficial coping techniques to use when symptoms arise. Speak with a licensed ADHD doctor in San Francisco to see if we can help. 

Like Daytrana, other ADHD medications can help control the symptoms of the disorder. Working with your doctor to find the right combination can be tedious, but in the end, it is well worth the effort.

ADHD Care at EZCare

EZCare Clinic of San Francisco is equipped to help you in your journey for appropriate ADHD treatment. From diagnosis to treatment, our practitioners will help you find the best options for your condition. Our office is open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Call us at (415) 966-0848 for an appointment, or schedule one online.

You can take a preliminary self-assessment here to give you an idea of your possible condition before visiting the doctor.

 


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Phentermine

Trying to lose weight can be hard, especially with all the unhealthy choices we are surrounded by every day. With the fast-paced lifestyle, we all seem to be living and the ease of running through a drive through, there is no wonder that the American waistline is ever increasing. Approximately 30% of the American population is obese, and that number is forecasted to increase again this year. As our waistline grows, so does the number of obesity-related illnesses and deaths. However, despite these dire predictions, there is hope.

The weight loss industry as a whole was estimated to be a $64 billion market just a few short years ago. Weight loss clinics, exercise programs, and diet pills have flooded the market with everything from nutritional programs to fat shrinking medications and everything in between, there is no excuse not to lose weight and get healthy today.

If you’re like most people, it may be hard to know where to turn and which products are best for your situation. That’s where EZCare Clinic comes in. Our caring and discrete professionals are dedicated to working with you to find the right weight management combination that will help you shed those pounds, get fit, and healthy.

Types of programs for weight loss

Weight loss programs types

Several WL programs jump out at you when you begin surfing the net. Most of these programs are paid subscriptions and require you to follow a complicated regime that may work as long as you are on the program. However, once it is discontinued, most find that the pounds they once lost find their way back as well as bringing a few with them.

Then, of course, countless exercise programs offer to slim, trim and beautify you in record time. But if you were able to do all those push-ups and sit-ups on your own you wouldn’t be looking for help now, would you? Now that’s not to say exercising isn’t needed. It is, in fact, exercise and a healthy diet are key to keeping you healthy, fit, and trim.

If you’re like most people, before you can throw yourself headlong into an exercise program, you need to jump start your weight loss. But what’s the safest and easiest way to do this? The first thing anyone who is looking to shed a significant amount of pounds should do is see a doctor.

Obesity can cause other health issues than just pounds. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are all common among individuals who are overweight. A medical doctor needs to evaluate your health and address any issues before beginning any weight loss program.

Phentermine

During your medical examination, your doctor will evaluate your health. Included will be a discussion of the things that have led to your weight and how to avoid those issues. The doctor will make several suggestions, including seeking the advice of a nutritionist as well as advising how to choose an effective exercise regime. Finally, your doctor will most likely prescribe a weight loss medication to aid you in your journey.

Phentermine was first approved by the FDA in 1959 as a short-term appetite suppressant for obesity and is the most widely prescribed weight loss medication on the market today. It is designed to help an individual lose weight by decreasing appetite and boosting energy. The active ingredient, phentermine hydrochloride is a central nervous system stimulate much like an amphetamine making it a controlled substance and only available by prescription. Because of the risk of abuse and dependence, this medication is typically only prescribed for no more than twelve weeks at a time.

When used as prescribed, phentermine is safe and well-tolerated. However, as with all medications, it can produce unwanted side effects and is not appropriate for everyone.

Phentermine side effects

Phentermine side effects

Phentermine side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Dry mouth; unpleasant taste
  • Diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps
  • Increased or decreased interest in sex

Although this is not a complete list, any reaction should be reported to your physician. For signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips or tongues, seek emergency medical help immediately.

Overdoses of phentermine can be fatal. The signs of an overdose can include confusion, panic, hallucinations, extreme restlessness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, feeling tired or depressed, irregular heartbeat, weak pulse, seizure, slowed breathing or breathing stops.

Phentermine prescription and diet plan

While phentermine has been proven to be very useful for the treatment of obesity, it should only be used for a short term and while under the care of a medical doctor. At EZCare Clinic, our staff has been trained to work with you to meet your weight loss and healthcare goals. Not only do we offer the prescriptions, but we are also dedicated to seeing you through your journey with continued support and additional therapies as needed.

Please give us a call at (415) 966-0848 or schedule an appointment online.

 


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