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Weight Management and Obesity by Courtney Winston Paolicelli

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Chapter 10

Weight Loss Intervention: Medications

Individuals who are unable to lose weight through dietary modifications and physical activity may add prescription medications to their weight loss plan. Although the majority of these medications must be prescribed by authorized providers, they can further assist in some aspects of appetite and weight control; however, side effects and the duration of treatment must be carefully considered prior to initiating pharmacotherapy. This chapter will discuss the various types of medications that can assist with weight loss, how they achieve weight loss, and their potential side effects. (Please note that the medications discussed in this chapter should only be prescribed by physicians or clinicians ...

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