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Medication Assisted Weight Loss

When assisting patients with their weight loss and weight control goals we understand that not every patient's journey is the same. During my time as a physician I have seen and helped many patients achieve their goal weight and keep it there. 

While medication assisted weight loss isn’t the first route of choice for some people, the journey for a healthy weight can be filled with struggles. In our office, we have seen many success stories that come from patients who have benefited from the use of medication to help them reach their health goals. Here are the top two choices I recommend to my patients.


(Phentermine, Topiramate, Naltrexone)

A compound of phentermine, topiramate, and naltrexone is used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise to help individuals lose weight and keep it off. Although dosage varies by patient, the compound works the same, by decreasing appetite and causing a feeling of fullness long after eating.


For patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30, a favored treatment is semaglutide. Semaglutide is an anti-diabetic medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and chronic weight management. Semaglutide is similar to a natural hormone in your body. Semagluride acts like human glucagon-like peptide-1,  it increases insulin secretion, thereby increasing sugar metabolism. 

Dr Carlos Cardenas With more than 40 years of experience working with women in all life stages, Carlos Cardenas, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist serving people in San Antonio, Texas.

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