I prescribe (actually I dispense from the office) weight loss medications to patients whom I have examined and from whom I have taken a thorough medical history when, and only when I believe that there is a medical need for such medication and when the patient suffers no medical conditions that would make this harmful.
Generally I prescribe either phentermine (Adipex, Ionomin, Fastin), diethylpropion (Tenuate, Tenuate Dospan) or phendimetrazine tartrate (Bontril, Prelu-2).
Prescription weight loss medications really work. But there are some caveats:
On the sub-pages listed below you can learn more about specific weight loss medications.