There is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity. The meta-analysis found insufficient evidence supporting the claims that HCG is effective in altering fat-distribution, hunger reduction, or in inducing a feeling of well-being. The authors stated “…the use of HCG should be regarded as an inappropriate therapy for weight reduction…” In the authors opinion, “Pharmacists and physicians should be alert on the use of HCG for Simeons therapy. The results of this meta-analysis support a firm standpoint against this improper indication. Restraints on physicians practicing this therapy can be based on our findings.”
Follow instructions carefully. All healthcare providers must receive training before inserting or removing IMPLANON. Proper IMPLANON insertion will facilitate removal. Correct timing of insertion is important (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, When to Insert IMPLANON section). Perform a history and physical examination, including a gynecologic examination, before IMPLANON insertion. Ensure that the patient understands the risks and benefits of IMPLANON before insertion. Provide the patient with a copy of the Patient labeling included in packaging. Have the patient review and complete a consent form and maintain it with the patient's chart.