There are many powerful weight loss drugs on the market today that work in different ways to suppress appetite, decrease cravings, reduce portions, and even boost metabolism. We have been utilizing these medications with great success with diet and exercise. Depending on your medical history and insurance coverage, one or possibly two of these drugs can be used to achieve results.
ADIPEX-P (PHENTERMINE HYDROCHLORIDE)
Adipex is the leading brand name of the generic drug Phentermine, which is similar in structure to amphetamine. By affecting parts of the central nervous system, Phentermine enables a person to lose weight by suppressing their appetite and increasing their energy level. In combination with a healthy diet and exercise, Phentermine helps people trying to lose weight modify their lifestyle and reach significant weight loss results. However, Phentermine is not approved for long-term use.
BELVIQ (LORCARSERIN HCL)
Belviq stimulates serotonin receptors in the brain. The exact way Belviq works is not known. It is thought to work in the brain to decrease hunger and promote a full feeling. Unlike Phentermine, Beliviq is FDA-approved for long-term use in the treatment of obesity for adults with a BMI equal to or greater than 30 or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater who have at least one weight-related health condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.
Contrave is a combination drug treatment for obesity. It combines Bupropion (Wellbutrin) and Naltrexone. Each drug targets pathways in the central nervous system that influence food intake. Both drugs have individually shown some evidence of effectiveness in weight loss, and the combination is expected to have a synergistic effect. Contrave has an effect on the reward pathway in the brain that results in loss of appettite and reduced food craving.
Saxenda is a once daily injectable drug indicated for chronic weight management in adult patients with a BMI >30, or >27 with at least 1 weight-related comorbidity as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. Saxenda is a GLP-1 receptor agonist that works in the brain to reduce appetite and cravings . In addition, there is a direct action on the stomach to slow gastric emptying, which promotes portion control and early satiety.
Qsymia is a combination of Phentermine and Topamax. It can be used for the long-term treament of obesity, since the Phentermine used in Qsymia is a lower dose than when Phentermine is used alone. This may be a good option for people who have done well with Phentermine but need long-term support.
The easiest way to find out if these drugs are covered by your insurance company is to call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask them if they cover weight loss medications. Ask them specifically if they cover ones like Belviq, Contrave, Saxenda, or Qsymia. If they are covered, then the cost is usually $30-40/month. If they aren’t covered, then some like Belviq and Contrave can be affordable at $80-90/month. Saxenda unfortunately is cost prohibitive if insurance does not cover it (click here to see if you have coverage for Saxenda). Phentermine is usually not covered by insurance, but its cost is very affordable and is dispensed by our office.
At Indian Lake Medical, visits for weight loss counseling and prescribing these medications are not billed to your insurance company. Initial consultations are $65;
Follow up visits for weigh in and counseling are included free of charge.
To learn more about our comprehensive medical weight loss program or to schedule a consultation please call us at (615) 822 – 9002 or complete our contact form.
GENERAL MENU OF SERVICES
- NUTRITIONAL CONSULT / DIABETES EDUCATION / CONTRAVE, SAXENDA, BELVIQ VISIT
55 (30 tabs)
110 (60 tabs) ** SPECIAL PRICE 100
- PHENTERMINE / TOPAMAX COMBO (SR COMBO)
95 per month
- PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE HCG PROGRAM
HCG – 28 DAY CYCLE
269 ** SPECIAL PRICE 199
HCG – 40 DAY CYCLE
- LIPO B FAT BURNER INJECTIOp
- A-14 FAT BURNER INJECTION
30 — 4 for 100
- TOPAMAX / TOPIRAMATE THERAPY
45 per month
- BLITZ! FAT BURNER TABLETS
Lipo B injections in tablet form. These tablets can be taken with or without the Lipo B injections.
40 (2 wk)
- VITAMIN B12
- SERMORELIN ANTI – AGING THERAPY growth hormone – releasing hormone
250 per month (30 day program)
600 (with 3 month purchase)
Cash price (no insurance): 135
Private insurance lab collection: 85
Labs assessment at the initial consult & EVERY 12 weeks for testosterone therapy.
- MALE TESTOSTERONE THERAPY
200 mg weekly therapy or 100mg bi-weekly –
500 – 10 week cycles TRT (1 – 10 cc vial of Testosterone cypionate)
50 per 200mg/cc injection
- Estrogen Blocker
1 MONTH SUPPLY 60
- HCTZ 25mg
40 *100 Tabs
Water Pill ** not indicated for patients currently being treated for high blood pressure