Currently, there are several FDA approved appetite suppressants that are primarily used for short term use in obese patients. These medications include: Adipex-p, Xenical, Belviq Qsymia, Phentermine, and Didrex. Phentermine and Adipex are the most commonly prescribed weight loss medications. Reports show patients losing two to three pounds per week when combined with an appropriate diet and exercise plan.

Most insurance companies will not cover the cost of these prescriptions for they are most commonly prescribed for cosmetic purposes. Adipex-p at retail price is ranges from $60 to $100 per month. Naturally, the generic version of Adipex, Phentermine, costs about half as much. In most cases, you will need to schedule an appointment with a dietitian or weight loss clinic to acquire this prescription. Because most insurances do not cover these kind of doctor's visits, you could be paying up to $300 out of pocket. Most weight loss specialist require you to see them once a month to get a new prescription. It is often suggested to try a weight loss medication for at least three months. That's three visits and three prescriptions. You've already spent well over $1,000. Losing weight shouldn't be so pricey.