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Contrave or Saxenda for weight loss patients with diabetes?

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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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