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Appetite Suppressants Specialist

Uniquely Fit Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center

Latisa S. Carson, MD

Medical Weight Loss Specialist & OBGYN located in Eastlake, Chula Vista, CA

Your hunger can make following any weight loss diet nearly impossible. Understanding that no single method works for all, board-certified obesity physician, Latisa Carson, MD at Uniquely Fit Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center in Chula Vista, California, offers many tools to help her patients reach their weight loss goals, including appetite suppressants. To learn more about the medical weight loss program and how it can help you lose weight, contact the office by phone or online today.

Appetite Suppressants Q & A

What are appetite suppressants?

Appetite suppressants refer to the prescription medications Dr. Carson offers to help you become a weight loss success. These medications are also sometimes referred to as anti-obesity medications and are FDA-approved to be used to assist with weight loss. She understands that no single method of weight loss works for all, so she develops individualized programs for each patient to help them succeed.

How do appetite suppressants work?

Prescription appetite suppressants work in different ways depending on the type of medication used. Some of the most common appetite suppressants and how they work include:


Orlistat is a weight loss medication that decreases your body’s ability to absorb fat from the food you eat, which decreases calorie absorption.


Locaserin works on the serotonin receptors in your brain and helps you feel full faster after eating only a small amount of food.


Phentermine-topiramate decreases your appetite and desire to eat, so you eat less. 

Medications such as phentermine, benzphetamine, and diethylpropion are also appetite suppressant medications that work by suppressing your hunger, which reduces your desire to eat. 

Am I a good candidate for appetite suppressants?

Dr. Carson determines if you’re a good candidate for an appetite suppressant or an FDA-approved anti-obesity medication during your initial evaluation. She takes into consideration many factors when deciding if you would benefit from the addition of prescription weight loss medication, including your current weight, medical history, past weight loss attempts, and your personal weight loss struggles. 

In general, you may be considered a good candidate if your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater. She may also consider adding the medication to your program if your BMI ranges from 27 to 29.9 and you also have health conditions that would benefit from weight loss, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.  

How long do I need to be on appetite suppressants?

Dr. Carson determines how long you need to take the appetite suppressant. If she finds that your appetite suppressant is helping you lose weight and keep it off and you aren’t experiencing any side effects, she may suggest you remain on the prescription indefinitely.

Weight loss success differs for everyone. To get all the help you need from a medical weight loss specialist, contact Uniquely Fit Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center by phone or online today.