Weight Loss Medication

Clinicians in the Medical Weight Management Department can prescribe medications that reduce appetite and help with weight loss. These medications, when helpful, typically need to be taken on a long-term basis. Medications to treat obesity are excluded from insurance coverage by Medicare, Medicaid, and for virtually all commercial KP insurance plans.

More information is available through office visits with a medical provider in the Medical Weight Management Department and also through the websites of the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the medications, which include Qsymia (phentermine-topiramate extended release), Belviq (Lorcaserin), and Contrave (naltrexone HCl-bupropion HCL). The most commonly prescribed medication for weight loss in KP Colorado is generic phentermine, due to its good balance of effectiveness and low cost.