Effective May 1, 2021, our weight loss package prices will increase slightly. Please inquire for details.
Effective May 1, 2021, our weight loss packageprices will increase slightly. Please inquire for details.

Appointments

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Or call us at:

Leander: 512-337-5323

Round Rock: 512-271-2560

Austin (N Lamar): 512-296-2170

San Marcos: 512-216-6854

 

 

NOW YOU CAN RENEW OVER THE PHONE AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN SEEN IN THE CLINIC BY A PROVIDER FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE MONTHS. Thereafter, must be seen in clinic at least every 3 monts. 

Locations

LEANDER

1805 S US 183, Suite 200

Leander, TX 78641

P: 512-337-5323

 

 

ROUND ROCK

2541 S I H-35, Suite 500

Round Rock, TX 78664

P: 512-271-2560

 

 

 

AUSTIN

11207 N Lamar Blvd, Suite C

Austin, TX 78753

P:512-296-2170

 

 

 

SAN MARCOS

900 Bugg Lane , Suite 250

San Marcos, TX 78666

P: 512-216-6854

 

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Our Medical Weight Loss Treatments

Our goal is to help you lose weight, so you feel great! First, you need to know that there is no "magic pill" which will help you lose weight overnight. It is a process that requires your full commitment and dedication to a healthy eating plan and physical activity.

 

Prescription Weight Loss Medication Program produces impressive results in a relatively short time. It consists primarily of a low carbohydrate, high protein, high fiber eating plan. Austin Weight Loss Clinic programs combine individual supervision with a well-balanced food program that is based on regular everyday food available from the supermarket and supplemented with weight loss aids.

The program is structured to assist you with the optimum weight loss. Most importantly, you will learn and adopt new eating habits and behaviors that will enable you to manage your new healthy weight once you have reached your weight reduction goal.

We have programs for men, women and teenagers starting at age 18. After you have reached your goal, our post-reduction maintenance program allows us to fortify the behavioral changes taught during the weight loss period for long-term results.

When you complete our program, you will have the tools, knowledge and the efficient metabolism to manage your new healthy body weight for a lifetime.

On your first visit, you will have a medical consultation with a Nurse Practitioner or Physical Assistant to review your medical history, lifestyle, and current medications.

An EKG (electrocardiogram- looks at the rhythm of you heart) is required for clients age 50 and above (the cost is $25).

We require the you have the following lab tests every 12 months:

  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
  • Lipid Panel (cholesterols and triglycerides)
  • Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP)- includes fasting blood glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver function test

If you have had these lab tests done within the previous 12 months, please provide us with copies (bring with you to clinic, fax, or email). If you would like to get them done with us, please plan to fast for 8 hours prior to the blood draw (may drink water but consume nothing with calories). The cost is $50 at our clinics.

If all preliminary tests and your screening physical exam are within normal limits and we find no other issues, we will provide you with a set of weight loss guidelines, lists of approved and non-approved foods, and, when appropriate, a 30-day prescription for a weight loss medication.

 

 

Currently Available Weight Loss Medications

Phentermine (Adipex, Ionamin, Suprenza) is the oldest medication for weight loss. Phentermine is available in daily doses of 37.5 mg, 30 mg,15 mg, and 8 mg (Lomaira). Other FDA-approved stimulants:  diethylpropion (Tenuate™) and phendimetrazine (Bontril). They are adrenergic agonists that produce appetite suppression. Side effects of stimulants may include: dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, constipation, and irritability. Contraindications include: uncontrolled hypertension, coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, already taking other stimulants such as Adderall or Vyvanse, and sensitivity to stimulants. They should not be combined with alcohol. 

Phentermine-Topiramate extended release (Qsymia). It combines an adrenergic agonist with a neurostabilizer. Phentermine-topiramate is a combination of two medications that work together to decrease appetite and cravings. Topiramate may alter taste sensation, making food less enjoyable for some. Daily doses with four strengths start at 23/3.75 mg and go up to 92/15 mg. If more than 5% weight loss is not achieved after 12 weeks of the maximum dose, the weight loss pill should be gradually discontinued. Adults with migraines and obesity are good candidates for this weight loss medication. Side effects may include: numbness/tingling in fingertips, dizziness, taste alterations, insomnia, constipation, and dry mouth. At higher doses, topiramate may cause “brain fog” or memory issues (but rarely at the lower doses used for weight loss).  Contraindications include: uncontrolled hypertension, coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, already taking other stimulants such as Adderall or Vyvanse, and sensitivity to stimulants. Caution is advised in those with a history of kidney stones. Should not be combined with alcohol. Females capable of becoming pregnant MUST be using a highly effective and reliable birth control method as topiramate is associated with birth defects (cleft lip, cleft palate)!

Bupropion/Naltrexone (Contrave) combines a dopamine/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor and an opioid receptor antagonist. Doses start at 8/90 mg daily and increase gradually to four tablets a day (2 in the morning, 2 in evening). It controls cravings and addictive behaviors related to food. Naltrexone-bupropion works in the brain, but on the pleasure-reward areas, to decrease cravings and appetite. Side effects may include: constipation, headaches, insomnia, and dry mouth. Rarely, it can cause mood disturbances. Contraindications include: uncontrolled hypertension, history of seizures, and opioid use and dependence.

Liraglutide (Saxenda) is a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist approved for diabetes type 2 as Victoza and for weight loss as Saxenda. Doses start at 0.6 mg to 3 mg injected once a day. Liraglutide delays gastric emptying and causes satiety.  Liraglutide is an injectable medication that acts on hormones from the gut that send signals to the brain to make you feel full quicker and decrease hunger signals. A similar medication is Ozempic (semaglutide), also an injection but weekly instead of daily. Although it is not FDA approved specifically for weight loss, it may be used off-label for this purpose. Good candidates for GLP-1 agonists are adults with diabetes, prediabetes or insulin resistance. Side effects include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. It is contraindicated in patients with a history of pancreatitis, with personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2 (MEN2). These injectable medications can be very expensive but sometimes insurance will cover them or you can find a manufacturer coupon. 

None of the medications are known to be safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

All weight loss medications work best in the context of a healthy eating plan and exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

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