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Weight Loss Medications: Are They Safe?

Key Takeaways

So, you’ve started your journey towards weight loss and better weight management. Congratulations! It’s the first, and most important step towards taking back control of your health.

But do weight loss medications actually work? Are weight loss medications safe to use? Which specific medications have been approved for use?

To help put your concerns to rest, the Felix Team has gathered some useful information about weight loss medications and their safety for use. Once you read this page, you should be ready to complete your assessment and take the next crucial steps in your weight management journey.

Are Weight Loss Medications Safe?

Generally, yes. Drugs that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada with an indication of weight management have met the clinical requirements necessary to be prescribed in Canada

There is no ‘safest’ weight loss medication to use. They all pose some risks to patients using them. These risks may vary based on other conditions patients have.

It’s important to note that there are some common side effects that you may experience when you start taking weight loss medications, but in many cases, these side effects will likely lessen or disappear as your body gets used to the medication.

There are no weight loss medications without possible side effects; although practitioners may suggest lower dosages for people who are more prone to experiencing negative side effects. Some of the most common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn/Acid reflux
  • Headache

It’s also important to note that medications can cause low blood sugar in patients with diabetes type 2; especially if they are taking certain other diabetic medications at the same time.

If any side effects start to become severe, talk to your healthcare practitioner at Felix. They may suggest an alternative medication or dosage that could work better for you.

Do Weight Loss Medications Actually Work?

When prescribed and used appropriately, weight loss medications can help patients with weight management. However, each weight loss medication will work a little differently for each person, because each individual’s biology and genetics are unique.

At the same time, different weight loss medications may target different biological aspects that could be contributing to weight gain.

This means they might be a good option for people who are genetically or biologically predisposed to weight gain, but there’s no way to know how well they’ll work for you until you try them.

Don’t forget that you need to pair weight loss medications with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Weight loss medications aren’t a miracle cure for weight gain. They require a healthy lifestyle to function most effectively.

What Medications are Health Canada Approved for Weight Loss in Canada?

There are several medications that have been Health Canada approved for weight loss in Canada. Felix Pharmacy carries all of these weight loss medications, so if you’re interested in exploring the options available to you, just complete a short assessment to get started. The practitioner will be able to find the safest weight loss medication and dosage for you, based on your health and medical history.

Who Can Take Weight Loss Medications?

Anyone who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 kg/m2 could be eligible for prescription weight loss medications.

In addition to this, people with a BMI greater than 27 kg/m2, and who are also experiencing some kind of weight-related medical condition, could also be eligible for prescription weight loss medications.

If you think that you could benefit from building prescription weight loss medications into your weight management plan, it’s time to talk to a healthcare practitioner at Felix.

They’ll be able to give you the guidance that you need to find the right medication to meet your needs, while creating an overall health plan for long-term weight management.

Together, we can help you take back control of your weight and your health, so you can start living your life the way you want to.

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