Integrating Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy for Weight Loss


Sanzone, M. M. & Sammons, M. T. (2023). Integrating Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy for Weight Loss. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 49(4).


This comprehensive overview explores sociocultural challenges in healthy eating and weight management, focusing on pharmacological interventions and psychotherapeutic options for care. The article evaluates the efficacy and safety of amphetamines, GLP-1 receptor agonists, and lipase blockers for weight loss. The emergence of GLP-1 agonists, such as liraglutide, semaglutide, and tirzepatide, is examined, emphasizing their potential benefits and drawbacks. The discussion delves into the complexities of weight loss pharmacology, considering societal influences, individual factors, and the importance of sustained behavioral changes. The vignette of Taylor’s journey further underscores the need for a holistic approach, integrating psychological, behavioral, and environmental aspects for long-term weight management success.

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