Medications

Our 1 month of diet medications visit include a physician evaluation as well as the medications.  Typically, we do not require any blood work or is there any start up/hidden fees.

We prescribe 3 different types of medications: phentermine 37.5 mg #30 tablets, chromium picolinate 200 mcg #30 tablets, and furosemide 40 mg water pill #2 tablets.  You also have the option of filling for 2 months of the medications mentioned above.

Phentermine HCL 37.5 mg, also known as Adipex, or Adipex-P, is a diet medication that is FDA approved for the short term treatment of excess weight and obesity.  Phentermine*  has been safely used for weight loss for over the past 50 years.  Phentermine targets the center of the brain that releases neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin to simulate the fight-or-flight response, as a result diminishing the feeling of hunger, suppressing appetite, as well as elevating your mood.  In summary, phentermine is a stimulant medication that helps increase your energy level and works as an appetite suppressant, so you are more motivated to eat healthier and exercise to in order to achieve fat loss. To learn more about the differences of phentermine and the HCG shots for weight loss, visit this page for more information.

Chromium picolinate 200 mcg is a mineral that is used for metabolism support.  Chromium has been shown to increase one’s insulin sensitivity, allowing the body to better maintain blood-glucose levels.   In our practice, chromium seems to aid carbohydrate cravings for sweets in some patients.  We recommend taking chromium with food for better absorption in your body and to prevent side effects such as nausea.

Furosemide, or Lasix (brand name), is a prescription strength diuretic that works to eliminate excess water retention.  When you start a new diet and exercise program, sometimes you tend to retain water weight.  You can tell by feeling bloated, having puffy fingers, toes, or ankles.  We give a very small dose of furosemide as needed once a week to aid in excretion of salt and water from your body.

To make an appt, please call us at (412) 304-2016 or schedule an appointment online here.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss
 2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205

 

*Severe side effects of phentermine are rare but may include; seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there, and severe mental changes, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, irregular heartbeat, headache, numbness or tingling of limbs, swelling of extremities, trouble breathing, trouble thinking, speaking, or walking, and weakness. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit MedWatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.