No, there are no other charges during the four week period. Also, the deal includes four vitamin B-12 injections – there is no time limit on their usage. For example, if you decided to take vitamin injections less frequently, you would still receive four injections as part of the Groupon deal.
The diet is a standard diet of 1200 calories per day for women and 1600-1800 calories per day for men. This is the level recommended by the American Medical Association. There are no special foods sold by the clinic and/or required in the program. The physician will counsel on diet and provide some basic dietary guidelines, but a lot of choice is left up to the patient as long as they stay within the calorie range defined in the program. The program documentation includes several weeks of meal plans which keep a person at the appropriate calorie level, but these are only used as an aid. The patients are ultimately free to create their own daily meal plans.
Consultation is required to determine eligibility for prescription medication. The physician would determine if they are appropriate.
The common reasons that the use would likely be deemed inappropriate are: pregnancy or nursing; concomitant use with MAOIs; history of cardiovascular disease including uncontrolled hypertension, stroke, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure; glaucoma; hyperthyroidism; known hypersensitivity to appetite suppressants; agitated states; history of drug abuse.
The medication is not for sale. When deemed appropriate, it is used as part of the weight loss program and is dispensed by the physician as part of the program. Therefore, no additional charges would apply.
Sep 8, 2012