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


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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