Weight Loss Management in Irvine, Newport Beach or Orange County
Semaglutide is an FDA-approved antiobesity medication and is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone (glucagon-like peptide-1) produced in the digestive tract. Semaglutide can be used to supplement weight loss management in combination with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity regimen. Clinical studies have shown that people using semaglutide lost an average of 14.9% of their initial body weight.
How Does Semaglutide Work?
Semaglutide works by slowing down digestion which decreases appetite and makes you feel fuller faster and for longer after having a small meal portion. The medication comes in an injectable form that you administer yourself once a week on the same day. The injections are just under the skin (subcutaneous) in areas like the abdomen, upper arm, or thigh. The recommended duration of the treatment program is 2-3 months.
Common side effects of semaglutide include, but are not limited to: nausea, constipation, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, bloating, gas, headache, fatigue, and jitteriness. Nausea is one of the most common side effects when starting the semaglutide treatment but gradually resolves as the body gets used to the medication. To reduce feeling nauseous, it is best to inject the semaglutide before bed and to stay hydrated.
What to Expect with Our Semaglutide Treatment Plan
At Ageless MD, we will schedule you for a consultation to meet with our provider so that we can review your medical history as well as take baseline measurements (e.g., weight, blood pressure) to determine if you are a good candidate for the semaglutide treatment. We will instruct you on how to administer the semaglutide and provide recommendations about diet, physical exercise, and lifestyle modifications to best optimize your results. We will follow up with you routinely to monitor your progress and adjust the dosing of the semaglutide as needed/tolerated.
Frequently Asked Questions for Semaglutide
Semaglutide is a synthetic analog that acts as the naturally occurring hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) to induce satiety to reduce weight gain.
Almost anyone who has struggled with losing weight through diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications can be considered for semaglutide treatment.
People who should not use semaglutide include, but are not limited to: those with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and/or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN-2), liver and kidney impairments, hypersensitivity to semaglutide, and pregnant/breastfeeding or trying to/planning on becoming pregnant.
The general protocol is an initial low-dose injected once a week subcutaneously that progressively increases to the maintenance dose. It is important to follow dietary and physical exercise protocols in combination with the semaglutide to achieve weight loss. The specific regimen will be discussed during the consultation.
Although there is no particular diet, we recommend eating a small portion of high protein and low carbohydrate meals, and increasing fiber and fluid intake. We also highly encourage physical exercise 50-60 minutes daily.
We recommend committing to at least 3 months, but the length of the treatment depends on your weight loss goal.
Most patients find that they get full after consuming a portion smaller than what they would usually eat. Some patients experience common side effects like nausea which resolves as the body gets accustomed to the semaglutide. Other common side effects include constipation, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, bloating, gas, headache, fatigue, and jitteriness.
MIC Shot Injections Tustin
What are MIC Shot Injections in Tustin?
Methionine choline (MIC) injections, popularly known as fat-burning shots, are composed of nutrients that help with burning off fatty tissue in the human body. At Ageless MD, our MIC injections are compounded with vitamin B12 which helps to enhance the body’s metabolism and boost overall energy. They can be used in conjunction with weight loss plans such as diet, exercise, and/or our semaglutide weight loss treatment. They can be administered up to two times a week.
How Do MIC Injections Work?
The lipotropic injection contains compounds that temporarily promote metabolic function. Methionine is an amino acid that breaks down fats and lowers the cholesterol within the liver. Choline is a nutrient that supports the liver’s function in filtering waste products and metabolizing fats and cholesterol. Vitamin B12 is a beneficial supplement for enhancing energy and metabolism, burning body fat, and regulating bodily functions like sleep, appetite, and mood. At Ageless MD, our trained staff will administer the MIC shot through an intramuscular injection (common areas include the deltoid or gluteal muscle).
What are the Contraindications / Precautions?
Those with hypersensitivity to any of the components that make up the MIC injection should not receive this treatment. Caution must be taken in those with liver disease (due to the way MIC is metabolized through the liver), acidosis (which can be exacerbated by methionine), and/or hereditary optic nerve atrophy (which can exacerbate symptoms due to cyanocobalamin). Although studies have not determined whether MIC injections are safe while pregnant or breastfeeding, we will not administer this in consideration for the safety of the fetus/infant.
What are the Side Effects?
There are generally little to no side effects with MIC injections aside from temporary pain/stinging/irritation at the injection site; although, some individuals have reported symptoms like nausea and dizziness.
Weight Loss by Phentermine in Irvine, Newport Beach or Orange County
What is Phentermine?
Phentermine is a medication that can be used for weight loss by suppressing appetite and can be used in combination with diet, exercise, and/or our semaglutide weight loss program. At Ageless MD, we will have you consult with the provider so that they can review your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate as phentermine is a scheduled medication in which there is potential for misuse.
How Does Phentermine Work?
Phentermine is an oral medication that works as a stimulant to suppress appetite in which people eat less, thereby consuming less calories which results in weight loss. The medication is dispensed at a dose of 37.5 mg and should be taken in the morning. When first starting phentermine, it is best to take half the regular dose so that your body can be gradually accustomed to the effects. Phentermine should only be for short-term use only and taken as prescribed.
What are the Contraindications / Precautions?
Individuals who should not take phentermine include those with heart disease (i.e., heart failure, coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, history of stroke, etc.), uncontrolled hypertension, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, anxiety, history of drug misuse, history of abnormal EKGs, allergies to similar stimulant medications along with those who are over the age of 75 years old, pregnant, or breastfeeding. To ensure your safety, please inform the provider if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease.
What are the Side Effects?
Common side effects of phentermine include but are not limited to feeling restless, jitteriness, difficulty sleeping, fast heartbeat or palpitations, headache, dry mouth, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, higher blood pressure, and libido changes. Rare, but serious, side effects may include shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling in the ankles or feet, changes in mood or behavior, severe headache, and blurry vision.
There may be more side effects than those listed; please let your provider know if you experience any side effects, and if you have severe side effects, seek immediate care.
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