Weight Loss Medications

Miscellaneous Weight-Loss Medicines

Throughout history, good doctors have always chosen medicines that have more than one effect. Instead of thinking of “side-effects” as bad-effects, smart doctors intentionally choose medicines with multiple desired effects.


Aspirin was first used for headaches and fevers. Now it is mostly used to prevent heart attacks. Most diabetics take an “ACE-inhibitor” not only for blood pressure, but also to protect their kidneys.  Multiple desired effects.  Not just one.

There are medicines which were developed for other medical conditions, but they have weight-loss as a “side-effect”.  Sometimes that medication is still under patent and the company will go to the FDA and get approval to market the medication for both uses.  That is what happened with Victoza (liraglutide) and Saxenda (liraglutide).  However, with generic medications, there is no company to go to the FDA to get approval to market the medication for other uses.  It is up to the physicians to prescribe the generic medications for other desired effects.  The overwhelming majority of physicians prescribe generic medications this way, and our practice is no different.  Since our medical practice specializes in obesity medicine, our weight loss clinicians frequently prescribe medications or vitamins which treat one of your other medical conditions and happens to have weight loss as an additional desired effect.

More Importantly

We help you identify any medicines you are already taking which cause weight gain as a bad side-effect, and often replace them with medicines which help you lose weight.  Dr. Marlowe regularly provides medical lectures to non-weight-loss-physicians and teaches them what medications can cause weight gain.  Many primary care physicians are surprised what medications are on that list, because this information is not taught in medical school.  (Just like they teach him about the latest in Ob-Gyn or Pulmonogy or Cardiology or whatever, he teaches them about his medical field — which is weight loss.  Each physician knows their focus well.) Don’t assume your non-weight-loss-physician knows all the pills which cause weight gain.  They don’t.

Patients say…

It has influenced my whole family. I am the only one who is a patient at Dr. Marlowe’s office, but with me changing my eating habits, my whole family has lost 110 lbs.

I lost 70 lbs and got a new job. I no longer have to travel and I make twice as much money. I was always overlooked for promotions at my old job because of my weight.

I can’t make that chili fast enough. My husband keeps eating it. Everything on your list … we love it

Oh my goodness that medication is powerful! I don’t think about food all the time like I used to.

“I’ve tried so many other diets and none of them worked for me. This is the first that really worked.”

Now that I’ve lost some weight my wife can’t keep her hands off of me … and that’s a good thing. I don’t know what to tell you, doc.

Cost? My life insurance premium – they lowered it from $139 a month to $79 a month after 3 months of seeing Dr. Marlowe. And after coming off diabetes medicines, I’m actually saving money each month seeing Dr. Marlowe.

It’s been almost effortless losing 80 lbs. It changes your outlook on things.

I can’t make that chili fast enough. My husband keeps eating it. Everything on your list … we love it

I am happier. I am a different person all around. My friends are like “You are glowing”.

The most unexpected thing about this weight loss is that my feet are not as fat. Now my shoes are too big. I told my boyfriend, it’s time to buy new shoes.

I’m not inconvenienced in my lifestyle at all. None of these foods are a hardship for me.

I never thought I would lose more than 100 lbs in less than six months. I still can’t believe it.

I believe in you. I’ve lost the weight and kept it off more than 2 years. With the other weight loss doctor, I always regained it.

Knock on wood, but at this point it’s been easy. And nothing has been easy since I was 12. It’s not some crazy system where you have to race to the finish. It’s something I feel I can continue moving forward and long-term.

I went shopping and I went to the size 14’s, and they were too large, so I went to the 12’s and they wouldn’t fit either. I can’t tell you how I felt when I tried on a size 10 and it was me. Thank you. I haven’t been a size 10 since 1984. And […]

I’m the #1 most successful loser in the whole history of the Curves I go to. The owner asked me to write my story so he could put the story and a picture of me on the wall at the gym.

I don’t remember what you said first visit because I was so emotional, I never thought I would lose the weight. Now, I’ve lost it all, in only 4 months.

I love coming here. The way I’m eating, I’m comfortable with it. I don’t feel deprived. I feel wonderful. I feel more athletic. My backbone feels better … no pain.