Medication to suppress appetite or slow down gastric emptying can cause reflux, constipation, vomiting, nausea and other side-effects, such as fatigue & headaches. These side effects are commonly pronounced at the beginning of the treatment & are usually mild, but gradually decrease as therapy continues.
Fortunately, a lot of these side effects can be reduced & managed by:
- 💦 Increasing your fluids
Aim for at least 2-3L of fluid daily
- 🍜 Listen to your body & take note of foods that exacerbate certain side effects
Some people find they may need to minimise deep fried foods, spicy foods or alcohol
This doesn’t mean you have to cut it out all together, but is may be best consumed in small portions
- 🥑 Eating 3 small meals & 1-2 snacks throughout the day
Our health coaches are here to assist in making this as simple as possible
- 🏃♂️ Increasing your physical activity
Short bursts of exercise can increase your productivity and energy
- ⤵️ Reducing your dose
Please reach out to our medical support team for further assistance
If you would like to read more how to reduce & manage side effects specific to your medication, please visit the "Help" section in your patient profile or your program PDF. You should receive this via email when you sign up for our program. Additionally, you may like to message us here to get in touch with our medical support team who can provide you with personalised advice.
➡️ To assist our medical support team in triaging your concerns, please include your current dose, the duration of time on that dose, what interventions you’ve tried to relieve the side effect thus far, if any & any additional information.
🚨 If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain, chest pain, breathing difficulties, swelling to a limb, circulation issues, severe mood changes or an allergic reaction, you should seek medical attention immediately by calling 000 or attending your nearest emergency department.