Introduction to Weight Loss Treatment

As unfortunate as it is, recent studies have shown that more than half of the U.S. population is overweight, however, there is a difference between overweight and obese. Obesity is classified as an individual is 20% (25% in women) or more over the maximum desirable weight for their height. While a healthy diet and routine exercise are vital to maintaining one’s weight, some individuals require a little bit of assistance. At Elite Medicine, Dr. Shelli Ridge and her team strive to produce the best health and lifestyle results for our patients with non-surgical Weight Loss treatments in the Cincinnati area.

*It’s important to note that to qualify for prescription weight loss in Ohio you must have a BMI of 27 or higher.

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What are Weight Loss Treatments?

Weight Loss Treatments are non-surgical options to fight obesity. Whether it be a prescription pill or weekly injection, Elite Medicine offers several options for weight loss treatments for our Cinncinati patients, which we have explained in further detail below. After coming in for your consultation, Dr. Ridge will help you decide which one is best for you.


Adipex-P is typically taken before breakfast or an hour or two after breakfast. This prescription is intended for short-term use and your appetite suppression may wear off after a few weeks when you stop taking it. You can expect to see some real changes in about 12 weeks or less of use and is not a viable substitution for routine exercise and a healthy diet.

We can not recommend this treatment for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of heart disease, have had a previous stroke, have severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, extreme agitation or nervousness, a history of drug abuse, or if you are currently taking other diet pills.


Contrave is an appetite suppressant that is made of a combination of bupropion and naltrexone. When taking this medication, you should always follow Dr. Ridge’s instructions, which will include only taking the tablet whole, taking more than two tablets at once, and avoiding taking it with high-fat meals, among other important directions. If you do not notice losing at least 5% of your body fat within three months of treatment, you should speak with Dr. Ridge about considering other options.

You should not use Contrave if you are pregnant, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, seizures, an eating disorder, opioid addiction, have bulimia or anorexia nervosa, are taking an MAOI, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, or seizure medication, or a sedative. This medication is not intended as a substitute for a healthy and active lifestyle.


Qsymia is another combination medication that is an extended-release capsule. It is made with phentermine (appetite suppressant) and topiramate (anti-seizure medication). When combined with diet and exercise, this medication has had some positive results in combating obesity in some adults and children over the age of 12. While Qsymia will not treat the following conditions, it is a good option for patients with weight-related medical problems, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

When taking Qsymia, you should do it every morning (with or without food) and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration or kidney stones. After about two weeks, Dr. Ridge will slowly increase your dosage. Much like Contrave, if you or Dr. Ridge don’t see improvement in your weight loss after about 12 weeks, you may need to consider alternative weight loss options to avoid complications.

Qsymia is not to be taken if you are pregnant, are allergic to phentermine or topiramate, have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, or if you have glaucoma or an overactive thyroid.

Wegovy (Semaglutide)

Wegovy is an FDA-approved Semaglutide injection that is prescribed by Dr. Ridge and can be used in obese adults and teenagers. The treatment works by regulating your appetite and reducing calorie intake to help with your weight management. Wegovy is a GLP-1 receptor agonist which is a manufactured form of a naturally occurring hormone your body makes in your brain to regulate food intake. When administered, it activates receptors in your brain which lowers your appetite and reduces the calories you consume. This treatment helps weight management when combined with a decreased-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.

The single-use injections need to be administered once a week on the same day but do not have to be at the same time every week. It can be taken with or without food or drink. You will need to inject Wegovy in either your thigh, abdomen, or upper arm, and you should change the location of your injection every week to achieve the best results; you may perform it in the same area but try to avoid the exact same location every time. Most patients will require this treatment for at least four months, with the dosage increasing every month, or until Dr. Ridge feels like you should stop taking the injections.

Wegovy should not be used if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of a stomach or intestinal disorder, pancreatitis, kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy (eye problems caused by diabetes), medullary thyroid carcinoma (a type of thyroid cancer), or have or have had depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental health issues.

What are the Benefits of Weight Loss?

Some of the benefits that our Weight Loss patients in Cincinnati have seen from their treatments include:

  • Better sex and less erectile dysfunction
  • Better sleep
  • Helps keep the weight off
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Improved mobility and reduced pain.
  • Improved mood
  • Less risk of heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower levels of triglycerides

The best candidates for Cincinnati Weight Loss treatments are those who have some of the following characteristics:

  • Are currently struggling with obesity
  • Are overweight with a BMI greater than 27 accompanied by weight-related medical problems such as high blood pressure,
  • type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30
  • Keep a positive attitude throughout the treatment
  • Maintain realistic expectations
  • Willing to make positive adjustments in their lifestyle and dietary choices

Please keep in mind that not everyone will respond to the treatments. If you do happen to fall into this category, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Ridge to discuss your other options.

Who are the Best Candidates for Weight Loss?

What’s the First Step?

If you are in the Cincinnati area and looking to get into the shape you desire, the first step is to contact our office and get a consultation with Dr. Ridge or one of our knowledgeable and certified team members. During this appointment, you can address any concerns you have with the treatment, ask all of your questions, and discuss your weight loss goals. Your body will be examined and we will discuss the different options we provide, and together, we will decide which treatment works best for you. Once this has been decided, your treatment plan will be created for you. If you agree with it, our Patient Coordinator will work with you to schedule the best day and time for your first treatment.

How Much Does Weight Loss Cost in Cincinnati?

The cost of Weight Loss treatment in Cincinnati will depend on several factors, such as which treatment is being used and how many sessions you will need to achieve your goal. To determine the exact amount it will cost you, you should discuss it with one of our technicians so that they can examine your body, listen to your desires, and develop a proper plan for you. Once your plan is created and you agree with it, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule the best day and time for your treatment.

Why Choose Us?

If you are looking for a functional medicine practice or medical spa that understands the importance of a close doctor-patient relationship, look no further than Elite Medicine in Cincinnati. Led by Dr. Shelli Ridge, we strive to give each one of our patients a personalized experience that will leave them looking and feeling better than ever before. Dr. Ridge is a board-certified doctor of osteopathic medicine who takes pride in maintaining a close relationship with her patients. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine and the National Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

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To schedule your consultation for Weight Loss treatment at our MedSpa in Cincinnati, you should contact us today! We are excited to meet with you and help you achieve the body that you want and an overall more fulfilling lifestyle!

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