Semaglutide Integrative Weight Loss in Portland Oregon

Semaglutide and tirzepatide are medications initially developed to treat type 2 diabetes but are now FDA-approved to treat obesity. When used for weight loss, a semaglutide or tirzepatide weight loss program involves a once-weekly injection of the drug. Following is an  overview of the semaglutide/tirzepatide weight loss program:

  1. Prescription and Assessment:
    • Semaglutide and tirzepatide are prescription medications and individuals interested in using them for weight loss must consult with Dr. Retzler.
    • Dr. Retzler will assess your medical history, current health status, and weight loss goals to determine if these medications are a good match for you.
  2. Initiation of Treatment:
    • Semaglutide or tirzepatide for weight loss is administered once a week via subcutaneous injection.
    • The medication works by mimicking the effects of naturally occurring hormones (GLP-1 for semaglutide; GLP-1 & GIP for tirzepatide) which regulate appetite and food intake.
  3. Diet and Exercise:
    • A comprehensive weight loss program includes dietary and lifestyle modifications in conjunction with semaglutide or tirzepatide.
    • Patients will encouraged to follow a nutrient-dense, calorie-controlled diet and engage in regular physical activity to enhance the effectiveness of the medication.
  4. Monitoring and Adjustments:
    • Weekly check-ins with staff or Dr. Retzler are required to monitor progress, address any side effects, and adjust the treatment plan if needed.
    • Dosage adjustments may be made based on individual response and weight loss goals.
  5. Side Effects:
    • Common side effects may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. These symptoms tend to diminish over time as the body adjusts to the medication.
  6. Long-Term Maintenance:
    • Once the desired weight loss is achieved, Dr. Retzler will discuss a maintenance plan to sustain results.
    • Continued adherence to a healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise, is emphasized for long-term success.
  7. Individualized Approach:
    • Our semaglutide/tirzepatide weight loss program is tailored to each individual's needs, taking into account factors such as overall health, medical history, and weight loss goals.

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