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How an online weight loss MD helps you save on uninsured prescriptions
September 23, 2021 at 4:00 AM
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Weight loss isn’t easy for most people, but it can be especially difficult for some people for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes, those reasons are purely psychological, as the process of trying to cut calories and exercise more can be incredibly challenging no matter what kind of physical condition you’re in. Other times, though, certain health conditions can place roadblocks along the path of weight loss even when you have the willingness to move more and make the necessary dietary sacrifices to reach your goal weight.

If you’re in this kind of situation, you might be considering visiting a doctor to get a prescription for medications that can help make the process of losing weight easier. This in itself might be a difficult task, though, particularly if you’re uninsured.

That’s where Good MDs can help. We’ll put you in contact with a board-certified doctor who can help you better understand the issues getting in the way of your weight loss progress. Visiting a doctor is the only way to get a prescription for weight loss drugs and find out if they’re the right choice for you. By offering online visits, we make it easier for you to get the information you need and the medication that’s best suited to your personal circumstances.

Read on for more information about prescription weight loss drugs, their costs, and how visiting an online weight loss MD can help save you money when you buy them.

Are prescription weight loss drugs worth it?

This depends on your health situation and how well conventional weight loss methods alone are working for you. According to Mayo Clinic, people with a BMI over 30 or a BMI over 27 and a serious obesity-related medical issue are likely candidates for weight loss drugs. Four of these drugs are approved by the FDA, and each of them produces significantly greater weight loss results than diet and exercise alone. These medications include Contrave, Saxenda, Xenical, and Qsymia.

It’s important to note, though, that they aren’t intended to be used alone. They’re supplemental to healthy eating habits and an effective exercise routine. Failing to institute either of these into your life will reduce the long-term efficacy of these drugs in the long run. They can also produce certain side effects, including nausea, constipation, or diarrhea, with some serious side effects occurring rarely in certain people.

How expensive are prescription weight loss drugs without insurance?

These medications can become incredibly expensive without insurance. They sometimes aren’t even covered under insurance plans. As a result, they can potentially cost you hundreds of dollars for even a relatively short-term supply. Contrave, for example, costs $600 for a 30-day supply without insurance. Contrave is also an example of another cost factor that makes some of these medications potentially very expensive: there currently is no generic version of this drug. Brand-name medications tend to be more expensive than their generic counterparts.

How can an online weight loss MD help me save money?

We’ve written on our blog before about some of the general benefits of online doctor visits, and the same ideas listed there apply here. It’s a more accessible, fast, efficient, and affordable way of seeing a medical professional and, by extension, getting prescriptions for the medications you need.

Online doctors can also walk you through medication options based on your coverage, budget, and the potential health effects the medications may have on you. If, for example, you can’t afford Contrave, options like Belviq may fit your budget better at a price tag of $322 without insurance. You’ll have to be mindful of certain side effects though, ranging from nausea and dizziness to easy bleeding, irregular heartbeat, and muscle spasms, according to WebMD.

Speak confidentially with a board-certified doctor now!

If you’re severely overweight and can’t reach a healthy weight through diet and exercise alone, medication may be the right choice for you, even if you’re uninsured. Reach out by calling at 888-613-7454 or sending a message through our online contact form now to schedule an online appointment.