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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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Losing Weight in San Francisco

For individuals who are overweight, choosing an appropriate diet and exercise plan can be an enormously confusing task. If you do an internet search to find options, you will find that the possibilities are endless. Everything from prescription diet pills, to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies, supplements, expensive meal plans, and costly exercise programs can be found. Unfortunately, many of these are unhealthy, unproven and very expensive. So, what are individuals supposed to do?

The answer to that question is dependent upon how much weight someone wants to lose. Individuals who only need to shed a few pounds to look good in a special outfit, probably shouldn’t be purchasing expensive meal plans or the latest diet pill to hit the local big box store. For those individuals, an increase in exercise and cutting calories for a few weeks should do the trick.

Unfortunately, most individuals considering weight loss plans are more than a few pounds overweight. In fact, approximately 50% of Americans are overweight, and 30% of those are diagnosed as obese. That means that they have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher. For individuals who have a weight-related health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, the standard is slightly lower with a BMI of 27. These individuals are often unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone though both are part of any diet plan that would be prescribed to them. Speak with a licensed obesity doctor in San Francisco today.

Effective treatment for Obesity

Obesity treatment San Francisco

Obesity can be a difficult condition to treat if it is accompanied by other health conditions. Most physicians require an individual who wants to begin any weight loss program first to be evaluated for their health. Some health conditions such as thyroid issues or diabetes can affect both the ability to lose weight and be the reason weight was gained in the first place. Taking into consideration all that they find, most doctors will prescribe one of the many medications available to them and either refer them to a qualified weight loss center or personal trainer as well as to a therapist. Many obese patients suffer from depression or anxiety, both of which can contribute to weight gain.

As mentioned, there are countless diet pills available, but most physicians prefer prescriptions rather than OTC ones due to their understanding of how the medication works. There are two types of diet pills, anorexiants, and non-stimulants. Although both are effective, anorexiant weight loss pills are prescribed more due to their effectiveness.

Anorexiants suppress the appetite to help individuals lose weight; many of these are also stimulants. While these medications are effective, care not to abuse them should be taken due to their increased risk of addiction.

Individuals who are concerned about the dangers of stimulant medication may want to consider non-stimulant treatment. Typically, these medication work by inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb fat from foods and are not likely to be abused.

Despite which type of medication is chosen, an effective treatment plan must include lifestyle changes such as routine exercise and a low-calorie diet. Taking medication to help you lose weight without the changes will only cause individuals to regain all the weight that was lost once they discontinue the medication.

There are also many herbal remedies touted to be able to decrease weight in obese patients. Unfortunately, most of them have not been studied for effectiveness or safety, and none have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Before beginning any herbal treatments, or dietary supplements for weight loss check with your physician.

Where can I find weight loss help in San Francisco?

weight loss help in San Francisco

Overweight or obese individuals who live in the San Francisco area can contact EZCare Clinic. The clinic specializes in treating the whole person and not just the disease or condition. Our doctors can diagnose and treat most chronic health conditions, including obesity. With your overall health in mind, we can design a weight loss plan that includes appropriate medication, therapy, emotional support, and even an exercise regimen that can help you after the medication has ended.

While no diet is perfect, the staff at EZCare Clinic can help you find what will work best for you. Losing weight, exercising, and developing a sensible diet can change the way you look, feel, and your overall happiness as well as help to prevent or improve other conditions such as heart and liver disease, diabetes and reduces your chances of some types of cancer.

EZCare Clinic is open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm, give us a call at (415) 966-0848. While we enjoy appointments, they are not necessary. Walk-ins are always welcome. Don’t let your expanding waistline determine the kind of life you will live, take control, and get on the road to wellness today. Help is just around the corner at EZCare Clinic of San Francisco.

If you are interested in a new diet, you can read about the GOLO diet here.

 


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Contrave or Saxenda better for weight loss

Trying to lose weight in California can be especially hard for individuals who have other medical conditions such as diabetes. While some patients had diabetes before becoming overweight, others gained weight as a result of obesity. Since these two issues can be related to one another, it is important that patients who want to begin a weight loss program understand how their medications work. While there are several products on the market designed for weight loss, Contrave and Saxenda are among the most popular prescriptions available.

Contrave

Contrave is an anorexiant (appetite suppressant) that contains a combination of bupropion and naltrexone. Bupropion is an anti-depressant that can suppress the appetite, whereas naltrexone is usually given to block the effects of narcotics or alcohol in patients who have an addiction. Naltrexone has also been found to be effective in curbing hunger and food cravings.

Contrave side effects

Like all medications, Contrave can cause unwanted side effects, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, or sleep problems such as insomnia. Because this is not a complete list, other side effects may occur. Emergency help should be sought if signs of an allergic reaction occur, such as:

  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Mouth sores
  • Muscle or joint pains
  • Hives
  • Rash or itching
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat

Saxenda

Saxenda - injectable weight loss medicine

Saxenda is an injectable medicine that may help some adults lose excess weight, and that also have weight-related medical problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes. This medication should be used with a reduced calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.

Saxenda mimics the hormone GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) that, in part, tells the brain that you are full. This medicine also works to help beta cells normalize blood sugars as well. Beta cells are responsible for making and releasing insulin when the blood sugar is high, helping those with type 2 diabetes to keep their levels reasonable.  

Saxenda side effects

Saxenda may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Possible thyroid tumors including cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Low blood sugar
  • Gall bladder issues
  • Increased heart rate
  • Kidney failure
  • Depression or thoughts of suicide

Common Saxenda side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Low blood sugar
  • Decreased appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pain
  • changes in enzyme levels in the blood

These symptoms, especially nausea, should decrease over time as the body gets used to the medication. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.

Effects on diabetes

Effects of Contrave and Saxenda on diabetes

Diabetes is one of those medical conditions that must be taken into consideration whenever taking a new medication or beginning another treatment program. Individuals who are overweight or are obese are especially prone to complications in their disease. While some medicines may make the blood sugar rise, others do the opposite and make it fall, both of which can be dangerous.

In some cases, the change in blood sugar levels fluctuates so much that individuals are in danger of passing out and slipping into a coma. Special care should always be taken to prevent either of these from happening. While Contrave isn’t approved for treating diabetes, individuals who have diabetes should seek the advice of their medical doctor before beginning this or any other treatment.

Saxenda was approved as a weight loss medication in 2012 after researchers discovered that patients who took Victoza lost weight. Victoza is used for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. Saxenda and Victoza are the same medications but at different dosages that are marketed under different names.

Weight loss treatment for patients with diabetes in San Francisco

Individuals who are concerned with both weight loss and diabetes should consult their physician regarding Saxenda. While it may not be an appropriate substitute for other diabetes medications, patients using Saxenda may see an improvement in their blood sugar numbers. On the other hand, Contrave will not treat any weight-related medical condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

As with any diet or exercise plan, a medical doctor should be consulted before beginning any treatment. At EZCare Clinic, our expert staff has one goal in mind, making sure all your medical needs are addressed. Not only do we employ knowledgeable medical doctors, but also experts who specialize in weight loss programs, nutrition, and dieting, as well as professionals who can address the emotional aspects of overeating.

Open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm, EZCare Clinic wants to help you get healthy and happy. You can make an appointment online or call us at (415) 966-0848. Appointments are appreciated but not always necessary.

 


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