Prescription Weight Loss Medications

Will Insurance Cover It?

Traditionally, most insurances have not covered prescription weight loss drugs. You could argue that this is not a bright move, since helping people lose weight will likely reduce other healthcare costs. Nonetheless, there is a good chance you'll be paying for prescription weight loss drugs out of your own pocket. With some insurance plans, you might be able to get a weight loss drug covered if your healthcare provider provides a letter of medical necessity.
If your healthcare provider recommends one of the newer weight loss drugs like Qsymia™ or Belviq®, be sure to check if there are any discount or coupon programs available through the manufacturer to help reduce the cost.

How Well Do Prescription Weight Loss Drugs Work?

Unfortunately, weight loss medications are not miracle cures. Studies generally show that people who diet in addition to taking a weight loss drug lose a bit more weight than dieting alone, but the differences are usually modest.
However, in the real world, we find that people who are actively working with their healthcare providers to lose weight and taking prescription weight loss medications seem to have more motivation to stay on track. There is more "on the line" in the form of more accountability and more money spent on your efforts, compared to those who are just "going it alone."
Because of the accountability effect, we encourage you to actively involve a healthcare provider in your weight loss efforts. It's wonderful if you have the opportunity to work with weight loss specialists (bariatricians), as these doctors are specially trained to help people lose weight and will have the most experience working with prescription weight loss drugs. However, your regular family doctor can be an excellent resource as well.
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