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Weight Loss Medications

When extra support is needed to overcome biological, psychological, and environmental barriers to weight loss.

Anti-obesity medications are designed to help individuals manage their weight when diet and exercise alone are insufficient. They work by suppressing appetite, increasing feelings of fullness, or reducing the absorption of fat in the body. Some common medications (and their common side effects) include:

  • Orlistat (Xenical®, Alli®): It works by blocking the absorption of fat in the intestine, leading to weight loss. Side effects may include gastrointestinal discomfort and oily spotting.
  • Phentermine and topiramate (Qsymia®): This combination medication works to suppress appetite and make people feel full. Side effects can include increased heart rate, insomnia, and tingling sensations.
  • Bupropion and naltrexone (Contrave®): This combination medication works on the brain’s appetite control centers to reduce food cravings and increase metabolism. Side effects may include nausea, constipation, and headaches.

There are other medications (such as GLP-1s) that could also be useful. It’s important to note that all of these medications are typically prescribed as part of a comprehensive weight management plan, which includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, and behavioral changes. They are not a quick fix and should be used under the supervision of a healthcare provider. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new medication for obesity.

What Are GLP-1s?

Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists


GLP-1s historically have been used to treat type 2 diabetes. Over the last decade, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain injectable GLP-1s for weight loss/management. Pharmaceutical manufacturers market these drugs under different brand names based on differences in the dosages and the conditions they officially treat.


ManufacturerActive IngredientBrand Name
(Type 2 Diabetes)
Brand Name
(Weight Loss/Management)
Novo NordiskLiraglutideVictoza®Saxenda®
Novo NordiskSemaglutideOzempic®Wegovy®

Note: Side effects for GLP-1s may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.


While clinical trials have shown that patients on GLP-1s can lose 15% or more of their initial body weight, most of the weight is likely to be regained if patients stop taking these medications without having made sustainable lifestyle changes. ZoeStyle Medicine can help patients not only lose weight but also keep it off to avoid relying on GLP-1s as a “forever medication” to manage their weight.

Meet the Doctor


Dr. Shruthi is triple board-certified in Obesity Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Internal Medicine. Only doctors who have undergone additional training and proven a high-level of expertise in a specialty area are eligible to become board-certified. Dr. Shruthi is among the 4% of board-certified physicians who are certified in three or more specialty areas. She understands the challenges that patients face with chronic conditions and in addition to helping patients make sustainable lifestyle adjustments, she can prescribe FDA-approved weight loss medications when indicated to help certain patients achieve their goals.

We Accept Most Insurances!

What To Expect


Intake Appointment

We begin with a comprehensive review of your medical history and a physical examination. Laboratory tests (bloodwork), bioelectrical impedance analyses (using an InBody device), and EKGs (if needed) are ordered. Medications will NOT be prescribed during this appointment.


1st Follow-Up

This is typically scheduled 2 weeks after your intake appointment. During this visit, we interpret your test results and review them with you. Potential lifestyle changes are discussed and, if indicated, medication options are presented alongside their potential risks and side effects.


Monthly Follow-Ups

In-person appointments are required for at least the first 3 months (tele-health visits are possible thereafter). We will monitor your vital signs, make adjustments to your medication (as needed), and support your lifestyle changes to maximize the benefits you gain over the long term.

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