Frequently Asked Questions Weight Loss

What is Medically Assisted Weight Loss? What is Medically Assisted Weight Loss?

Medically assisted weight loss, or medical weight loss, refers to weight loss treatment under the supervision of medical providers and often includes prescription medication as well as a personalized nutrition and exercise plan to support weight loss. Medical weight loss is a safe and effective way to lose weight for adults with a BMI of 30+ or 27+ with comorbidities.

What is BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight divided by height. BMI screens for weight categories that may lead to health problems. You can calculate your BMI here.

Who is an ideal candidate for medical weight loss?

Men and women over the age of 18 with a BMI of 30 and above, or BMI of 27+ with at least one weight-related condition, such as controlled hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol.

What does a weight loss self-pay appointment cost?

The first appointment is $375 and follow up appointments are $150 each, plus the cost of medication. We also offer Care Credit.

Does my insurance cover the visit and medications?

This depends on the insurance and medication. We accept a wide variety of insurance plans and always let our patients know of out-of-pocket costs before services are rendered by our physicians. We cannot guarantee coverage of medications, this depends on your insurance plan. We will always work with your insurance to try to get the medications that we prescribe covered.

Are Paragon physicians Board Certified in Obesity?

Yes, our Nurse Practitioner and Physicians are Board Certified in obesity and specialize in administering medical weight loss.

What medications are used for weight loss?

There are several medications approved for weight loss, including Wegovy, Qsymia, Saxenda, Contrave, Metformin and more. They come in pill and/or injection form. Our providers will determine the best prescription medication for your personal needs. Paragon also partners with a compounding pharmacy to offer Semaglutide and Tirzepatide at an affordable self-pay price starting at $191 and $341 per month.

Are compounding Medications as effective as name brands?

Yes—they have the same active ingredient.

Who is eligible for Telemedicine and what are the requirements?

Texas patients can be seen 100% online and Oklahoma patients must visit the office for their first visit and can be seen via Telemedicine thereafter. You must have a scale, camera, blood pressure cuff and a stable internet connection.

What can I expect on the first visit?

You can expect an EKG, INbody composition test,  full medication review, diet recall and evaluation, developing a meal plan and medication that will best suit your needs.

How do you give yourself the injection each week?

The subcutaneous injection features a small self-administering needle that makes it very easy and nearly painless to administer.

How do you store the medication?

We encourage you to follow all manufacturer’s guidelines; typically, injectable medications for weight loss are stable at room temperature for 28 days. This makes it convenient when traveling, too!

Do all pharmacies carry the medications?

Yes! For our compounded medication, the patients will have to use our specialty pharmacy. The pharmacy will ship directly to the patient.

How often do I have to be seen?

Our providers develop each care plan to the patient’s specific needs. That makes each patient’s visit requirements different, but we will accommodate this to your needs and schedule.

Do you gain back the weight once you stop using the medications?

In our program, we focus on creating a lifestyle change that will maintain weight loss once medications are removed from the daily plan. We also utilize multiple medications that are prescribed long term.