Updated: Aug 4, 2021
Two of the medications I use are non-habit forming stimulants that act similarly to the old amphetamines for appetite suppression. They are very safe if prescribed properly and the patient is screened and monitored properly. Certainly I do not prescribe them for patients with active heart or cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled blood pressure, and several other active diseases. I do a cardiovascular evaluation including an EKG to make sure a patient is a good candidate for the treatment.
With the herbal appetite suppressants there is much less risk, but benefits are very similar to the prescription medications. I have formulated my own herbal blend that closely mimics the more potent prescription therapy. There are other medications to use for appetite suppression and assistance with weight loss. Drugs like Metformin, Topiramate, Saxenda, Contrave, and others can provide great benefit in controlling appetite as well as enhancing our utilization of our fuel...fats and glucose.
Many patients have found that their own physician is not willing to prescribe anything for assistance with weight issues. It's most likely that they have not studied or been trained in their use. No problem, just search out a physician with additional training and understanding of the treatment of the medical disorder of Overweight Syndrome and Obesity. After all, it's your health and your life.
Dr. Gregory Oliver
Bio: Dr. Oliver is a practicing family physician in Indianapolis who has a passion for preventative healthcare. He focuses on weight reduction, metabolic, and hormonal optimization and has specialized training in Bariatrics and Age- Management Medicine. He graduated from Indiana University and received his medical degree from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He’s board certified in family medicine with 38 years of experience assisting patients to live life to the fullest.