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Pediatric Weight Management

PWM: Adjunct Therapies (2006)

Pediatric Weight Management: Adjunct Therapies

Adjunct therapies are medical interventions that fall outside the scope of practice of the dietitian. However, because dietitians are a critical part of the health care team, it is important that dietitians be aware of the evidence regarding these treatments.

Weight Loss Medications in Treating Pediatric Obesity

We reviewed the evidence on the following medications used as part of a pediatric obesity treatment program:

  • orlistat (a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor)
  • sibutramine (in clinical trials, but not approved by FDA)

Note: Only evidence on the use of these medications in adolescents was analyzed.