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New FDA-approved Weight Loss Drugs – Gerald Brown, PA

For the first time in many years, the FDA has approved two new medications for use in promoting weight loss. Physician Assistant Gerald Brown from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler answers questions about these medications in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

The FDA has approved the release of two new diet drugs. What are they and how do the work? (first question)

Who will be approved to take these new drugs? (skip to 1:33)

Who should not take them? (skip to 1:55)

Are these new medications safe? (skip to 2:25)

The FDA has not approved new diet drugs in over a decade. Why were these medications approved? (skip to 3:27)

Among the problems with prior weight loss medications was that of rebound weight gain. Will that be a problem with these new medications as well? (skip to 5:20)

When will these new medications be available in pharmacies? (skip to 6:11)

If someone is considering asking his or her provider to prescribe either of these new drugs, what should be considered first? (skip to 7:09)

 

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