The best way to find out the answer to this question is to speak to a medical professional. Whether that be your local GP, an online registered doctor or a pharmacist (although they can’t prescribe). Clinicians use certain criteria to assess your suitability for weight loss treatment. You’ll likely be asked a number of questions and have your BMI calculated.
If you come across weight loss pills that are available without a pharmacist’s or doctor’s supervision, then they’re likely to not be safe to use and should be avoided. Speaking to an expert, like a doctor or pharmacist, is the best way to get good advice. Here at Treated, we can offer a number of different weight loss medication options through an online consultation where we’ll help you choose the best one for you.
There are quite a few different weight loss treatments available on prescription. As well as prescribed weight loss pills, there is also injectable weight loss medication. The treatment options are:
If you’re looking to get prescription weight loss medication you’ll need to follow a few basic steps:
You don’t need to be a certain weight in order to qualify for weight loss medication. Instead, your BMI is used to calculate suitability. This can change from pill to pill, but most medications are licensed for people who have a BMI of 30 or above, but if you have a BMI of 28 or 29 and suffer from other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you may still be considered for weight loss treatment.
You need to be a certain BMI to be prescribed weight loss medication because it isn’t suitable for people with a healthy weight and, like with every medication, there are side effects and risks associated with its usage. It isn’t sensible to take these risks (even though they’re small) if you don’t really need the treatment. For example, weight loss pills that hinder the absorption of certain substances in your diet can leave you lacking some essential nutrients.
Currently, there are no licensed weight loss pills available over the counter in Australia. If you come across any tablets that claim to be, you can’t be sure that they’ll be safe to use or that they’ll work, so we advise that you avoid them.
Alli is an over-the-counter medication available in the UK. You still need the supervision of a pharmacist to buy it, you can’t simply get it off the shelf. If you go to a pharmacy and request it, the pharmacist will talk to you about the medication before letting you buy it. There is still a basic criteria that must be met before you can take Alli:
In Australia, all weight loss treatment will need to be prescribed to you by a licensed clinician.
You won’t be able to get treatment through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme if you’re simply trying to lose weight. Weight loss pills aren’t subsidised through Medicare in Australia. However, if you meet certain criteria, such as being obese, a doctor can prescribe you weight loss medication. You’ll be eligible if you:
Saxenda is an injectable weight loss medication. You’ll need to have it prescribed before you can use it. Talk to one of our clinicians about all the weight loss options available to you.
In the UK, yes. But you can’t go to the supermarket and just pop it in your basket off the shelves. If the supermarket has an in-house pharmacy, you might be able to get weight loss pills there. The pharmacist will want to make sure that the people buying them meet the criteria for treatment.
In Australia however, the PGA have blocked pharmacies from operating in supermarkets. They feel that the relationship and trust pharmacists build with people would be lost if pharmacies operate on a broader scale. Research suggests that quality advice from a fully trained pharmacist matters most to consumers, and whether pharmacies will ever appear in supermarkets in Australia remains to be seen.
If you do find weight loss pills on the shelves, it’s likely that any claims to help you lose weight are not substantial. It’s unlikely that those products have any clinical evidence to support their claims, so use them at your own risk. It’s always better to just speak to a clinician or pharmacist and get a legitimate product under medical supervision, otherwise you risk losing your money, or even getting unnecessary or unpleasant side effects.
You can get weight loss pills online safely through our service here at Treated. Depending on which product you choose and what we prescribe to you, you may need monitoring to make sure that your body is reacting well to the medication and it’s working as expected. To make sure that happens, we’ll check in with you throughout the treatment.
If you want to find out more, contact us and one of our clinicians will suggest which medications might be suitable for you.
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