Consultation & treatments
If you’re struggling with obesity, you’re not alone. Medical obesity is a common condition, thought to affect around 1 in 4 adults in the UK. It can lead to a variety of serious health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes.
Prescription treatments are available for patients who are obese, or who are overweight (with a Body Mass Index of 28 or more) and have additional health risk factors.
As a CQC registered online doctor service, we can prescribe a range of clinically proven weight loss treatments via our UK-based, GP consultation service. Click below to begin your consultation and find the right treatment for you.
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What is obesity?
Obesity is a common condition in the UK. It’s thought to affect around 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children aged between 10 and 11.
Being medically ‘obese’ means you’re very overweight and carrying a lot of body fat. The most widely used method for determining obesity is the body mass index (BMI), which looks at your weight in relation to your height. For most people, BMI is a useful indicator of whether you’re a healthy weight, overweight, or obese. You’re classed as overweight if your BMI is over 25, and obese if you have a BMI over 30. However this is not a useful measurement for people who are very muscular, as they can have a high BMI despite low levels of body fat.
Obesity is compounded by the consumption of more calories from food than the body can burn off through physical activity. In modern society, the rise in obesity can be partially attributed to eating excessive amounts of high calorie, processed, sugary foods and sitting down for long periods of time without much exercise. Underlying physical conditions such as an underactive thyroid can also potentially lead to weight gain. If you think there is an underlying medical reason for obesity you should talk to your doctor.
What are the risks of obesity?
There are serious health implications related to obesity and it can lead to a number of potentially life-threatening conditions. It’s a contributing factor to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, strokes and even some types of cancer. As it affects your physical appearance and quality of life, it can also contribute to depression and low self esteem.
If you’re already being prescribed ongoing medication for one of these conditions, our NHS repeat prescriptions service can help. Click below to learn more.Find out more
What treatments are available for obesity in the UK?
The first approach should always be to limit your calorie intake, and exercise more. Doctors will not prescribe any medication to help until lifestyle measures have been taken and proven ineffective on their own, and you will be expected to continue these measures during any course of treatment.
If dietary and exercise changes alone haven’t worked for you, Pharmacy2U’s doctors can prescribe treatments which may help tackle weight gain. We currently prescribe Saxenda (liraglutide), Xenical (orlistat) and Mysimba (naltrexone and bupropion).
Xenical contains the active ingredient orlistat which works by attaching itself to enzymes in your digestive system and stopping them from breaking down approximately a third of the fat you eat during meals. This means it’s harder for you to gain weight.
Mysimba contains naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride. It works in the areas of the brain which control food intake and energy expenditure. Mysimba helps reduce appetite and increase your energy expenditure.
Saxenda is an injection containing the active ingredient liraglutide, which is similar to a naturally occurring hormone released in the body after meals called GLP-1. It works in the brain, helping to suppress the appetite. This makes you feel full more quickly, and therefore encourages you to eat less.
There’s also an over-the-counter treatment called Alli which is available from our sister company, ChemistDirect.co.uk. It is similar to Xenical, but contains a lower strength of orlistat in each capsule, and doesn’t require a prescription.
Please note, our weight loss treatments are not available for:
- Patients under the age of 18 years old
- People suffering from chronic malabsorption syndrome or cholestasis
- Pregnant or breast-feeding women
What are the best weight loss pills for you?
We know that many people are looking for a pill or magic ‘jab’ to make them ‘skinny’ quickly. As the UK’s largest NHS contracted online pharmacy, patients often ask us questions like:
- What is the best weight loss pill on the market?
- What diet pills work fast?
- What drug suppresses the appetite and can make you skinny?
You should make sure that any slimming supplements you find on the internet are medically approved. With our UK-based GP consultation service, we can help find the best treatment for you, and we only prescribe UK-licensed medicines from our registered pharmacy.
Reduced calories, increased exercise
Please note that all the treatments we prescribe are intended to be used in conjunction with a change in lifestyle. Patients are expected to adopt a calorie controlled diet and undertake regular exercise to help increase the chance of success of the treatment. This means that weight loss is a gradual, ongoing process.
We are the UK’s largest and first online pharmacy. Established in 1999, we can dispense medication for a range of common conditions from our NHS-contracted facility in Leeds. We can also dispense your NHS repeat prescriptions. To learn more, click here.