Weight loss medicines are used to help you lose weight when lifestyle changes, such as healthy diet and exercise, have not been successful on their own. If you are overweight or obese, weight loss can improve your health and help treat or prevent health problems related to being overweight or obese.
A routine of healthy eating and regular exercise can provide lasting weight loss. However, for some people this is not enough and weight loss medicines may help. Weight loss medicines are not a ‘quick fix’, but a long-term option for managing obesity when combined with healthy eating and exercise.
The weight loss medicines available in New Zealand are:
- naltrexone/buproprion (Contrave)
- liraglutide (Saxenda)
- orlistat (Xenical)
- phentermine (Duromine).