Treating Obesity with Lifestyle and Medications

Mr. Bill Semchuk, BSP, M.Sc., Pharm D, FCSHP, Pharmacist, discusses how augmenting lifestyle improvements with medications can help obesity patients lose weight.

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Mr. Bill Semchuk, BSP, M.Sc., Pharm D, FCSHP, Pharmacist, discusses how augmenting lifestyle improvements with medications can help obesity patients lose weight.
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Featuring Mr. Bill Semchuk, BSP, M.Sc., Pharm D, FCSHP, Pharmacist

Duration: 1 minute, 16 seconds

Obesity is not an uncommon situation, and the backbone to obesity management is lifestyle change. Staying active, eating a healthier diet, decreasing caloric intake. Not that easy to do.

On occasion we use medications to help with that, and there are medications that augment the effect, or make the effect of all the lifestyle changes a little bit better and help you on your weight loss journey. It’s important to note that when you take these medications you take them regularly, and you follow the advice provided by the physician who’s prescribing them.

Some of these drugs have some side effects that generally tend to go away fairly quickly and the side effects are fairly minimal. The important thing to note is that with obesity drugs generally we’re taking them for an intermediate time frame. Several weeks to months, and taking them regularly will very much help you.

Your pharmacist can be a great assist to you in better understanding some of the pharmacologic or drug choices in obesity management, and they can answer any of the questions you might have. Your pharmacist can be a great resource for any questions that you have about obesity or any of the agents that may affect obesity.

Presenter: Mr. Bill Semchuk, Pharmacist, Regina, SK

Local Practitioners: Pharmacist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.