What are the differences between hCG tablets, injections, drops? Diet Doc's Medical Director, Dr. Rao, answers your questions so you can make the right choice.
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Hi, this is Dr. Rao. I'm the Medical Director for Diet Doc, and today we wanted to answer a really common question about the difference between hCG tablets, injections, and drops.
The first thing to understand is that there's two types of hCG - there's prescription hCG, where the hormone is present, and there's homeopathic hCG, where it's been diluted to the point where there's no hormone left. With the hCG drops, they can be both homeopathic, or prescription, which is not as common. They're usually homeopathic, and the homeopathic hCG does not have any hormone in it. When people use that, they still lose weight, but they can be very hungry, because the benefit of the hormone isn't there.
The hCG injections are generally thought of as the most reliable, because they are absorbed 100%. If you dose at 150, you're getting 150. It also allows you to change the dose, going up and down a little bit as needed - so there's a lot of flexibility, a lot of reliability with the injections.
The tablets? Same hormone, except it's put under the tongue, it dissolves over a few minutes, and the absorption is lower with the tablets than it is with the injections. It can vary from time to time and person to person, so it can be exactly the same thing, but because the absorption is variable, it's not as certain. So the tablets are really good for people who are travelling frequently, because they don't have to be refrigerated. So that's one advantage of the tablets.
The main option most of our patients are using are injections. You can mix them - we have people who use injections for a few weeks, and if they're travelling for a few days, they'll switch to tablets. So those are interchangable. We don't offer prescription drops, because if you're doing sublingual, the tablets stay in place longer, so they're absorbed better than drops might be. And homeopathic drops, we don't offer - again, there's no hormone in those. Doesn't mean people don't lose weight with the homeopathic drops - you lose weight because you're still dieting - but people are often very, very hungry and don't last as long with that process.
Hopefully that answers and clarifies some of the confusion around the different options. Next week, we're going to answer some questions about a new medication that's on offer, Contrave, so come back same time next week.
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