Inshape Medical Clinic
Welcome to Inshape Medical Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions ...

1 How often do I return to the clinic to have my weight checked?
2 What is the average cost of the program?
3 What happens on my first visit to the Inshape Medical Clinic?
4 What is the average monthly weight loss?
5 What are your locations and hours of operation?
6 What medicines do you use for weight loss?
7 Are there diets available from your clinic to help guide my eating?
8 Do you have to exercise with the inshape Medical Clinic program?
9 Do you need an appointment in order to be seen?
10 Are any of the medicines used in the program dangerous?
11 What is a Medical Program for Losing Weight?

1. How often do I return to the clinic to have my weight checked?
After your first visit you will choose your return schedule. Some patients want to be checked every week to keep their motivation up. Others are more comfortable being seen in the clinic on a monthly basis or every two weeks. Whichever schedule you choose we will work with you to achieve the results you want.

2. What is the average cost of the program?
The initial start-up fee for new patients is $104. This includes your first appointment evaluation as well as one month’s supply of our basic medication to see if it works well for you. Note: The first payment must be paid by cash, credit or debit card. Subsequent visits may be paid by check. There is a $15 fee for returned checks.

The cost of subsequent visits depends on two points—which of the available medications you decide to use, and how much of that particular medicine you need in order for it to be effective. The cost of the medication at each visit is normally combined with the office call fee to give you one figure and is based on a monthly visit schedule. On average that figure varies between $90 - $104 per month. However, the fee can be prorated for visits that occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, if you decide that either of those schedules is preferred.

At times patients may choose to interrupt their program because of illness, lack of finances, vacations, etc. If you have not been seen at the clinic in more than 5 years you will be considered a “new” patient and will be charged the initial visit fee again since your chart information will have been retired.

3. What happens on my first visit to the Inshape Medical Clinic?
On your first visit with us you will be given forms to complete which give the doctor the pertinent information about your health history, any medications you are taking and your exercise and eating habits. You will then be seen by the physician who will evaluate your information, check to make sure any medicines you are taking will not interfere with the weight loss medications and check your blood pressure, heart and lungs. At this time you will also review the details of your program with the doctor including your eating pattern, the suggested foods and your exercise program. If there are no problems you will then be started on the medication which helps reduce your appetite and be given an appointment to return so that your response to the medicine can be evaluated.

4. What is the average monthly weight loss?
There is no average weight loss. The amount of weight you lose will depend on several factors including your eating pattern, the amount of exercise you do, your hours of work and the amount of weight you want to lose. The doctor will work with you to achieve the maximum weight loss for you.

5. What are your locations and hours of operation?
The only medical office is in Beaumont, CA. For hours, see our CALENDAR.

6. What medicines do you use for weight loss?
The primary medicines are anorectic medicines which reduce the feeling of hunger. These are quite familiar to many patients and consist of phentermine, phendimetrazine and diethylpropion. Some patients also find that injections of vitamin B12 help to give them increased sense of endurance or energy. This vitamin is also available by injection.

7. Are there diets available from your clinic to help guide my eating?
Yes. Although most of our patients do not alter the kinds of foods they normally consume while on the program, we do have diets for use by our patients who desire a more structured eating pattern. Incidentally, using our program along with another program such as Weight Watchers greatly increases your chances of success in losing weight and keeping it off.

8. Do you have to exercise with the inshape Medical Clinic program?
Exercise is definitely advised as a means of reducing weight, reducing stress and keeping the muscles toned. It is also important as an aid in keeping the excess pounds off. It is not necessary to use a commercial aerobic program, but a regular consistent exercise program that goes along with your age and physical status will be a definite asset. We can help you develop such a program.

9. Do you need an appointment in order to be seen?
For your initial visit an appointment is definitely necessary. All appointments for the first visit are conducted on either Sundays or Wednesdays. The physician will take his time in evaluating your health status and working with you in outlining the specifics of the program. It also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions about the program. After the initial visit return visits are without appointment on a "first come-first served basis". The usual wait time is less than 15 minutes.

10. Are any of the medicines used in the program dangerous?
Most people who try to lose weight on their own use so-called “over the counter products” (OTC). Unfortunately, these products are not routinely screened by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This occurs because if a marketer of a product indicates on the label that the product is not used to diagnose or treat a disease condition the FDA has limited control over it. Because these drugs are not examined and approved by the FDA, there is no guarantee that the product is effective and harmless. While they may not be "dangerous" they may be a waste of your time and money. Our medications are approved by the FDA for weight loss only.

However, it is important to remember that all medications (even aspirin) have side effects. These effects can be as slight as a mild skin rash or as severe as breathing problems and allergic reactions causing death. The medicines used in the Inshape Medical Clinic for reducing appetite have a long history of safe use in the hands of qualified physicians. It is part of the assurance you have in coming to this clinic that a qualified physician is overseeing your program and is available for questions or problems that may arise. You are carefully monitored each month and the effect of the medicine on your body and mind are considered at each visit. It is part of the philosophy of Dr. Neil to give the best medical care possible using the safest medicines available to help his patients achieve their weight loss goals.

11. What is a Medical Program for Losing Weight?
There are several kinds of weight loss programs available for the general public.

• Some of the most popular programs only deal with dieting by using special foods prepared by the organization and advice given by inadequately trained helpers. After a while these foods tend to become boring and are very expensive.
• Other programs combine dieting with exercise but do not prescribe medications. They are of limited value because of the amount of self-denial they involve.
• Still others do not use any dietary counseling nor do they advise exercise but depend strictly on the use of medications. These approaches are not sufficient to keep the weight off.
• The most drastic programs are involve surgery to reduce the size of the stomach which limits the amount of a food a person is able to eat (these are available only for the severely obese).

The Inshape Medical Clinic is a medical program which combines medicines specifically designed to reduce the appetite with exercise, psychological support and learning how to eat properly to not only reduce weight, but also to keep it off. Combining these approaches allows the patient to reduce the intake of food while he or she is learning new eating and lifestyle habits.

Inshape Medical Clinic

795 E. Sixth St., Ste. H
Beaumont, CA 92223
Ph 951-922-6711 Fx 951-922-6845
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Any of the provisions, policies or conditions regarding participation in the inshape medical clinic
weight loss program may be changed or removed without prior notice by the director of the program.