Medications And Other Medical Interventions

Apart from diet and exercise, there are some other methods that people use for losing weight such as medications and cosmetic surgeries like liposuction.


For some people prescription weight loss medicines may be helpful. Consult your doctor to know whether they are an option for you.1

The most common prescription weight loss medicines are orlistat, lorcaserin, and phentermine.1,2

Table: Common weight loss medication1,2
Medicine How it works Side effects
  • Orlistat
  • Stops the body from absorbing some of the fat from the food we eat
  • Tummy cramps, passing gas, not able to control bowel movement, oily stool
  • Lorcaserin
  • Makes you feel less hungry
  • Headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth, and constipation
  • Phentermine
  • Makes you feel less hungry
  • Increasing blood pressure or causing heart palpitations, restlessness, dizziness, tremor, insomnia, shortness of breath, chest pain, and trouble doing everyday activities

You may need to accompany these medicines with diet and exercise for the best results. Follow your doctor’s instructions while taking these medicines.


Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure. In this method, suction is used to remove fat from specific areas of the body like the tummy, thighs, hips, arms, or neck.


A person having too much body fat in specific spots but otherwise having a stable body weight can be an ideal candidate for liposuction.

Liposuction also has some risks such as formation of wavy or bumpy skin, fluid pockets under skin, numbness, infections, and even kidney and heart problems.

Liposuction is not typically considered to be a weight loss method. So, if you are overweight, you should try to lose weight through diet and exercise or through bariatric surgery rather than with liposuction.3 Consult your doctor to know more.

Disclaimer: Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.

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