Important facts about weight loss drugs

Diet and exercise may be the healthiest ways to shed the pounds but drugs can come in handy for those patients who may need help with initial weight loss, maintaining weight loss at the end of a very low energy diet (VLED) or to prevent weight regain.

While drug treatment is often needed over extended periods, there is little data on the long-term safety and effectiveness of weight loss medication.

A new obesity management algorithm launched this week notes that only three drugs are approved by the TGA for the treatment of obesity in Australia.

Another two off-label medications may also be considered