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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
I have been on a number of diets. They all work to a certain extent. But the weight slowly creeps back on. And then you are back to square ONE again.
Let's face it, this is unlikely to be the first time that either of us has tried to lose weight. Yes, your last diet may have worked for a bit, but you have started to creep back to your Comfortable Weight, your body's Set Weight.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a relatively common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.
This may lead to regularly interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact on the quality of life and increases the risk of developing certain conditions.
But if you are a patient what it means is misery. Feeling tired all the time. Dozing off in front of the TV or even worse, at work or whilst driving. Further, it can lead patients to depression and heart disease.
If you suffer from OSA and you drive you
need to advise the DVLA.
The NHS states that being overweight is a big factor in OSA. And that lifestyle factors such as losing weight can help reduce the symptoms of OSA.
We have a new weight loss injectable pen device that is licensed for use in patients with OSA.
CALL THE PHARMACY AND SPEAK TO OUR PRESCRIBING PHARMACIST AND BOOK A PERSONAL CONSULTATION TO SEE IF THIS MEDICINE COULD HELP YOU.
Tell me about the treatment?
It is a medicine that has been approved by the FDA in America and by the MHRA in the UK, to help reduce weight alongside a calorie controlled diet.
What weight do I have to be to use this medicine?
If your BMI is above 27 and you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, you may be able to take this medicine.
(There is a link at the bottom of the page to calculate your BMI)
Can I come in and just buy the medicine?
No, you need a prescription. Our prescribing pharmacist is able to prescribe this medication for you.
Can my GP prescribe this medicine?
No, it is not available on the NHS.
How is it administered?
A simple once-daily injection with a pen device. The dose is adjusted using a dial on the pen. This will be explained to you and you can also view a video on how to use the pen. An injection is made into the stomach area.
How long will each pen last?
This depends on the dose that you are at. At the full dose, a box of 5 pens will last a month. However you have to titrate the dose upwards, so you should find that a box will last longer when you initially start.
Is it safe?
Yes. This medicine has been used in a number of countries to help weight loss. It
has then passed rigorous clinical trials and has been deemed safe by authorities in USA and UK and given a license for weight loss.
How much weight could I lose?
If you take this medicine and follow a calorie-controlled diet, and take exercise, you should lose at least 5% of your body weight. We find that most patients tend to lose up to a stone a month.
Can anybody take this medicine?
No, a full medical consultation must be taken to see if you are a suitable patient. You may not be able to take it if you have other medical conditions. These will be discussed by the prescriber.
What are the side effects?
The main side effects are nausea. This usually goes away as you continue treatment.
Who cannot take this medication?
The prescriber will discuss this with you but includes people with eating disorders. Pregnant or breastfeeding women. Patients on diabetic or thyroid medication.
How long does the consultation take?
The first consultation takes about an hour.
Why does the initial consultation take an hour?
During the initial consultation, the prescribing pharmacist will take a full medical history and discuss all aspects of the medication. They will also weigh you, take your blood pressure and measure your blood sugar. They will also demonstrate how to use the pen device. They will discuss weight loss and goal setting. They will discuss support for you on your weight loss journey. Everything to make sure that you get the best out of the program.
Subsequent consultations will be much shorter.
How much does the program cost?
I charge £250 for the initial consultation. This includes 2 pens, a box of needles, a sharps bin, support material and access to the weight loss support program and telephone helpline.
Subsequent pens will cost £100 per pen.
There is a reduction if you are buying a box of 5 pens.