For health care professionals.

Here are 2 tables I have created that may aid medical practitioners in choosing which anti-obesity medication (AOM) to use for which patient. These are just guidelines and each individual patient’s circumstances are different.


Evaluation of an online CBT weight loss program

Figure 1. Factors that may influence initial AOM prescription


It is not always to divide up patients into the  categories of  migraines, diabetes and insulin resistance, depression, smoking and addictive behaviours towards food but it is a good starting guide.

The link to the full article where it is published can be found here: Evaluation of an online cognitive behavioural therapy weight loss programme as an adjunct to anti-obesity medications and lifestyle interventions

Another useful table which looks at concurrent treatments, co-morbidities, costs and other conditions that may help influence prescribing.
Table 2: factors that help determine initial AOM prescription


Being patient centred and involving them in your decision and treating them as a whole is so important for future success.

Anti-obesity medication prescribing is not easy. If you wish to discuss these options with me, please don’t hesitate to contact my clinic at Epworth Camberwell on (03) 9805 4153 and I would be happy to speak to you.

Dr Marlene Tham