General Side Effect Advice

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Weight loss medication can be a valuable tool in achieving health goals, but like any medication, it may come with some side effects. As weight loss medications slow gastric emptying, this can lead to side effects such as reflux, constipation, vomiting, nausea, and fatigue, especially at the beginning of treatment. However, the good news is that many of these side effects can be effectively managed with dietary and lifestyle interventions.

Here are some tips to help you navigate and alleviate potential side effects:

Stay hydrated: Increasing your fluid intake can help alleviate symptoms such as constipation and nausea. Aim for at least 2-3 litres of fluid daily to stay properly hydrated.

Listen to your body: Pay attention to how different foods affect you. Some individuals find that certain foods, like deep-fried foods, spicy dishes, or alcohol, exacerbate their symptoms. While you don't have to completely eliminate these from your diet, consuming them in moderation or smaller portions may be beneficial.

Opt for regular, small meals: Eating three small meals and one to two snacks throughout the day can help regulate your digestion and prevent issues like reflux and nausea.

Stay active: Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can improve overall well-being and help combat side effects like fatigue. Short bursts of exercise can be particularly effective in boosting energy levels.

Utilise support services: Take advantage of the resources available to you. Our team of specialised Health Coaches can offer guidance and support to make diet and lifestyle changes more manageable. You can speak to a health coach via our mobile app here.

Additionally, our medical support team of nurses and pharmacists are available 7 days a week to answer any questions about the medication and provide side effect advice. If you have any medical questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to them here.

If you are experiencing any symptoms such as: severe abdominal pain, chest pain, breathing difficulties, swelling to a limb, circulation issues, severe mood changes or an allergic reaction, you should seek medical attention immediately by calling 000 or attending your nearest emergency department.