Frequently Asked Questions
1WHAT IF I HAVE ANXIETY/ DEPRESSION/ HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE/ DIABETES/ CHOLESTEROL/ THYROID/ HEART CONDITIONS; CAN I STILL TAKE MEDICATION TO HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
We see a wide range of medical conditions including the ones listed above. Each patient is required to meet with our Certified Physician Assistant as part of the initial consultation and on an as needed basis to review your unique medical history including any conditions and current medications you may be taking. If phentermine is not right for you, there may be other alternatives to help you with weight management.
2WHAT MEDICATIONS DO YOU USE?
At Naperville Weightloss Center, we primarily use FDA-approved Phentermine. This is a prescription appetite-suppressant medication that has been used for over fifty years. Our Certified Physician Assistant is also well trained in other, effective FDA-approved medications for alternative options. We also offer Vitamin B-12 injections and Lipotropic supplements to enhance additional weight loss.
3CAN I TAKE PHENTERMINE WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
No. Phentermine is a category X medication and risks outweigh potential benefits. It is unknown if phentermine is excreted in breast milk and therefore is contraindicated and should not be taken if nursing. Injections will not be offered either for patients who are pregnant or nursing.
4HOW MUCH WEIGHT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LOSE?
The exact amount of weight loss it variable. It depends on lifestyle modifications including diet and exercise, initial BMI, certain medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, and certain medications you may be taking. However, research has shown that treatment with phentermine is statistically significant in body weight reduction compared to placebo. After 12 weeks of treatment, average weight loss was 17.5 +/- 16.1 lbs. among patients taking phentermine versus 2.0 +/- 12.9 lbs. with placebo. In patients who took phentermine, 73.6% of patients lost 5% or more of their initial body weight in contrast to 15.1% with placebo. Korean J Obes. 2005 Sep;14(3):155-162. Korean.
5HOW LONG IS THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?
The first visit usually lasts about 45 minutes where all required testing will be conducted followed by the consultation. After that, visits are brief, usually just 15 minutes depending on patient’s requirements and degree of success.
6HOW OFTEN CAN I BE SEEN?
We highly encourage patients to be consistently seen every 4 weeks to see the provider for any questions and/or to refill your prescription. Optional weekly visits for B-12 injections or every 2 week visits for the Lipo-B injection are recommended. You DO NOT need an appointment for follow-up visits.
7I LIVE FAR AWAY; CAN I GET A TWO MONTH SUPPLY?
Unfortunately, you can only receive one 30 day prescription per visit per month.
8HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?
Please contact the office for cost related details. We accept cash, Mastercard, American Express and Visa. No personal checks accepted.
9DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO BE SEEN?
Initial patients will be required to make an appointment to be seen. If there is time that day, patients may be seen on a walk in basis but may be subject to wait time. Follow-up visits do not require an appointment but can be scheduled if the patient requires one.
10IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION TO BE A PART OF THE PROGRAM?
All patient must be older than 18 to participate.
11DO I HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN WEIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
You are required to have a BMI of at least 27 (BMI calculator)
12WHAT WOULD DISQUALIFY ME FROM GETTING MEDICATIONS?
Abnormal BP (higher than 140 systolic and 90 dystolic) - Does not meet BMI standards - Contraindications (on other stimulate based medications)
13DO I HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT?
Our services are provided on a month- to- month basis. There is no contract to sign. We are here to help you. You are welcome to come in and learn more about our services. If you would like to proceed with the program we will be glad to help. If you choose not to follow the program, there is a $25.00 fee for the medical consult and no other obligations are required.
14WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?
We accept cash and credit/debit cards (Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express). No checks are accepted.