Wellness Options for Weight Loss – Exploring the Choices

 In Weight Loss, Wellness

In the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, many individuals turn to wellness options to aid in their weight loss journey. These medications, when combined with a balanced diet and regular physical activity, can be a powerful tool in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Whether you are just beginning your weight loss journey or looking for additional support to overcome a plateau, understanding the role of wellness options can be a valuable step in achieving your goals.

Phentermine – A Time-Tested Option

Phentermine has been on the market for a long time and is known for its effectiveness in suppressing appetite. Phentermine provides a boost in the patient’s energy levels. This can be particularly beneficial for those incorporating exercise into their weight loss plan, as the increased energy can enhance physical performance and endurance. It has also been shown to have a positive impact on mood for some individuals. By reducing cravings and helping individuals gain control over their eating habits, it can contribute to an improved sense of well-being and self-esteem.

The most common side effect is dry mouth, which can encourage increased water intake. Some patients may experience insomnia, especially if taken later in the day.

Phentermine has been approved for short-term use, but experienced physicians have safely prescribed it for longer durations. It is important to consult a healthcare provider to determine if Phentermine is a suitable option for you.

Qsymia – A Groundbreaking Wellness Option

Qsymia is a medication used for weight loss, and Vive is one of the few local weight loss centers with specialized training in Qsymia. It is highly effective in reducing appetite and cravings with minimal side effects. What sets Qsymia apart is its unique combination of two active ingredients: Phentermine, an appetite suppressant, and Topiramate. This combination works synergistically to both reduce appetite and help control cravings, which are common challenges faced by individuals trying to lose weight.


One of the advantages of Qsymia is that it is taken as a once-daily pill, making it convenient for individuals with busy lifestyles. Moreover, clinical studies have shown that Qsymia can be highly effective in reducing weight, especially when used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program that includes dietary changes and physical activity.

Contrave – Combating Cravings

Contrave is an FDA-approved medication for weight loss in overweight or obese patients. It combines two well-established medications, naltrexone HCL, and bupropion HCL, in a special extended-release formulation. Contrave is particularly effective for individuals who struggle with cravings for carbohydrates. It is also a suitable alternative for those who cannot tolerate other weight loss medications that might make them feel jittery.

Contrave offers a support program called Scale Down, which provides additional support information and a wireless scale that connects to your smartphone for free. 

Mimicking Natural Hormones


Saxenda works by mimicking the functions of GLP-1. In its natural form, GLP-1 is released in response to food intake and acts on the brain to create a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. This, in turn, leads to reduced appetite and lower food consumption. Saxenda, being a GLP-1 receptor agonist, effectively activates the same areas of the brain that are targeted by the natural hormone. As a result, individuals using Saxenda may experience reduced hunger, which can lead to a lower caloric intake and, consequently, weight loss.

One of the standout features of Saxenda is its ability to not only aid in weight loss but also help in maintaining reduced weight over the long term. This is particularly important as many individuals who lose weight often face challenges in keeping the weight off. Saxenda’s action in continuously regulating appetite can be a valuable tool in weight maintenance.


Semaglutide was initially developed to manage blood sugar levels, however, it has been found to have significant benefits in weight loss and is now marketed as Wegovy. Wegovy is a GLP-1 receptor antagonist, similar to Saxenda, which means it mimics the action of a hormone. This hormone plays a vital role in regulating appetite and blood sugar levels. Wegovy works by slowing down the digestion process, which in turn helps in reducing hunger and making you feel fuller for longer. 

As with any medication, it is important to be aware of potential side effects. Common side effects of Wegovy include nausea, fatigue, and heartburn. It is also important to note that Wegovy may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with a history of pancreatitis or a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer. 


Making an Informed Choice About Wellness 

The quest for shedding those extra pounds is not just about looking good, but it’s also about embracing a lifestyle that enhances overall well-being and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. At Vive Aesthetics and Wellness, Dr. Pinto and his team understand that weight loss is a personal and sometimes challenging journey. That’s why we offer a range of FDA-approved medications and wellness options that can be an effective part of a comprehensive weight loss program.

To determine which of these wellness options is right for you, schedule a consultation with our weight loss and wellness experts, Renee Schellhardt, PA-C, and Julie Heckman, NP. They provide exceptional care, knowledge, and expertise, offering a unique approach tailored to each patient. Let Vive be your partner on your weight loss journey.


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