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Question: When should pharmacotherapy be considered for the treatment of obesity?

Answer:

Typically, the first approach is diet and exercise with behavioral modifications followed by the addition of pharmacotherapy. Pharmacotherapy should be considered in patients with a BMI over 30, a BMI over 27 with comorbidities, or minimal response after 6 months of lifestyle modifications. 

Reference: Larson PR, et al: Williams Textbook of Endocrinology, 10th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2003.

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