The price is in the region of £400 per month from responsible providers. If you find anyone offering a drug-inclusive programme below £350 per month you should be extra vigilant about their practices. Check that a doctor is prescribing, that it's being prescribed at the correct dosage, that it is the drug you're expecting and that there is a diet and exercise programme behind it. It’s a lifelong commitment as you’ll lose the benefit when you stop taking it and the weight you have lost would normally be regained. The positive news is that you will know within 3 months if you are going to be successful. If you haven’t lost any weight by that time, the trials show that you never will. It means you could stop paying after 3 months if the results weren’t as you hoped.
We recommend a 10 week starter programme at a cost of £1,000. In just 10 weeks you’ll know if the programme will work for you. You can expect to lose 5% of your starting weight in that time and possibly 10%. It’s rare to lose more in the first 10 weeks, but it's possible. Only 1 in 12 patients won’t lose weight. For a 12 month programme you are likely to be paying in the region of £5,000. That is comparable to the price of a gastric balloon or gastric band procedure. You should consider these and other weight loss options. Even if you are not interested in surgery, you will be better informed to discuss your options before deciding to proceed. Our team is ready to answer any questions you have about the surgical and non-surgical options.
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It’s understandable that people with a BMI above 30 would prefer a non surgical solution to help them manage their weight. A 'skinny jab' drug is unlikely to be that solution however as the weight loss is modest. All eligible patients could expect to do a lot better with a gastric band and many would do better with a gastric balloon. It’s likely that risks associated with the band or balloon are lower than most patients imagine. It means that if you are considering the 'skinny jab' you should think carefully about these options too. They are proven over a long period of time to be both safe and effective. Certainly those with BMIs above 40 would achieve far better results with a gastric sleeve or a gastric bypass than they would with the skinny jab drug.
You are likely to regain any weight you have lost unless you have been able to make a permanent change to your diet and eating habits. It's for this reason that you should check the diet, exercise and behavioural support programme offered by your provider. This will be key to your long term success.
The main side effect of the skinny jab drug is that patients experience a period of nausea. This usually settles after a few weeks. There are other side effects and these should be explained at a consultation. Although the incidence rates are very low, the trial data show that patients are at an increased risk of gall bladder disease and pancreatitis. If you have visited this page, and read this far, it means you are serious about finding a sustainable solution for managing your weight. We help hundreds of people every week who are weighing up their options just as you are. The best course of action will vary from patient to patient based on their own personal circumstances. Please call us on 0800 3134618 or complete our enquiry to explore all of the options available to you.
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