Weight Loss Medication

Clinicians in the Metabolic-Surgical Weight Management (MSWM) 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 MSWM 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.