Weight loss management


For those of you who are trying to lose weight and improve your health, you can easily meet your goals using our medically-supervised weight loss management program. We offer Appetite Suppressants, Lipo B Injections, GLP-1 Saxenda, and HCG Diet.


One of the strategies used here in order to help you achieve your weight loss goals is prescription strength appetite suppressants. Appetite suppressants help to minimize cravings for unhealthy foods while simultaneously teaching your body to remain satisfied and nourished throughout the day without overeating. These medications do not cause weight loss. They are prescribed to help you in reducing your caloric intake by reducing your hunger. Weight loss occurs when your caloric expenditure exceeds your caloric intake. While taking prescription weight loss medications, it is important to begin making small behavioral and lifestyle changes, such as increasing your amount of daily physical activity, in addition to developing healthy eating choices and reducing your caloric intake.

Phentermine/Prozac and Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia) are available in our office for our patients. Get ready to shed those extra pounds with the assistance of short-term appetite suppressants!

Appetite Suppressants Cost

$125  for First Visit (includes 1 month of prescription appetite suppressants)

$80 per month for subsequent visits (includes 1 month of prescription appetite suppressants)

Plus an initial Lab/EKG fee of $75.00 (fee waived if labs and EKG performed and documented within 1 month)


Lipo-B Injection: Complex B Vitamins + Lipotropic amino acids: Choline, Methionine, and Inositol

Dubbed the “Weight Loss Shot”, this safe and effective injection helps burn fat, increase energy, lower stress and anxiety, restore mental clarity and memory loss, and decrease hunger. Shots can be taken safely once a week or as needed when your weight loss is at a standstill.

A lipotropic substance decreases the deposit, or speeds up the removal of fat within the liver. Lipotropic nutrients are a class of agents that plays an important role in the body’s use of fat. They enhance the liver and gallbladder’s role by decreasing fat deposits and by speeding up the metabolism and removal of fats. The liver is the key organ in the control of body fat. Even if you do everything right, if your liver is slow to process fats it will slow your weight loss. The lipotropic portion of our Lipo B injections is composed of three amino acids: Choline, Methionine, and Inositol. They help your liver process fats at peak efficiency, making your weight loss easier to maintain. 

For these reasons, we recommend weekly Lipotropic injections to help you lose weight. In most cases, after just 4 weeks of injections, you will look and feel healthier.* 

*Individual Results May Vary

The different ingredients of this mixture are known to have the following attributes:

  • Aids in proper metabolism of fats and removal of fat from the liver

  • Provides an energy boost

  • Boosts your metabolism by helping to digest food

  • Speeds up thought processes and improves mood

  • Provides essential components for normal cell and brain function

  • Helps control cholesterol levels and gallstones

  • Helps emulsify cholesterol and detoxify amines

  • Helps keep skin tone healthy and nails strong

  • Promotes healthy hair growth

  • Helps transform carbohydrates into energy,

Vitamin B12

B12 is used in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It is involved in making DNA, necessary in the production of new healthy cells. It is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy. B12 lowers homocysteine levels, a protein associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and dementia. It is often used to give an energy boost, helping to increase activity levels. While B12 is found naturally in a healthy diet, factors like stress and poor eating habits can lead to a deficiency.

Our Lipo-B injection utilizes a highly absorbable form of Vitamin B12 called Methylcobalamin. It is felt that this form of B-12 may also be better retained within the body. Methylcobalamin has also been studied in sleep-wake rhythm disorders, where it appears to yield benefits.


Vitamin B5 - pantothenic acid - plays an important role in the secretion of hormones, such as cortisone because of the role it plays in supporting the adrenal gland. These hormones assist the metabolism, help to fight allergies and are beneficial in the maintenance of healthy skin, muscles and nerves.

Pantothenic acid is also used in the release of energy as well as the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates. It is used in the creation of lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones and hemoglobin.

Some are of the opinion that pantothenic acid is also helpful to fight wrinkles as well as graying of the hair.

Deficiency of vitamin B5: With Vitamin B5 in short supply symptoms like fatigue, headaches, nausea, tingling in the hands, depression, personality changes and cardiac instability have been reported.

Frequent infection, fatigue, abdominal pains, sleep disturbances and neurological disorders including numbness, paresthesia (abnormal sensation such as "burning feet" syndrome), muscle weakness and cramps are also possible indications that this nutrient is in short supply.


  • Reduces homocysteine levels, which lowers your risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's disease, and many degenerative diseases.

  • Helps to form serotonin and other chemicals that are essential to the health of your nervous system.

  • Helps to produce vitamin B3, also known as niacin.

  • Helps to form hemoglobin, a key component of your red blood cells.

  • Helps to dampen the effects of steriod hormones like estrogen and testosterone in your body, which can potentially decrease your risk of sex hormone-sensitive cancers like breast and prostate cancers.


The body uses vitamin B3 in the process of releasing energy from carbohydrates. It’s needed to form fat from carbohydrates and to process alcohol. The niacin form of vitamin B3 also regulates cholesterol, though niacinamide does not.


Carnitine, also known as L-Carnitine, is a naturally occurring nutrient that is produced in the kidneys and liver. This nutrient helps convert fat into energy and has thus obtained a reputation as a viable supplement for weight loss and exercise enhancement. The body typically produces sufficient amounts of L-Carnitine for its needs. However, some people, particularly those suffering from certain heart and liver conditions, may need to supplement their intake of L-Carnitine.


Methionine is one of the sulfur-containing amino acids and is important for many bodily functions. It acts as a lipotropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup within the liver, is helpful in relieving or preventing fatigue, and may be useful in some cases of allergy because it reduces histamine release. Patients with a Sulfa allergy should not take this injection.


Inositol, a nutrient belonging to the B vitamin complex, is closely associated with choline. It aids in the metabolism of fats and helps reduce cholesterol within the blood. Inositol participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to control mood and appetite.


Choline supports the health of the liver, in its processing and excretion of chemical waste products within the body. Moreover, it is required for the transport and metabolism of fats and cholesterol within the body.

Lipo-B Injections Cost

$25 for a single injection

$75 for 4 injections

GLP-1 Saxenda

Saxenda® is different from weight management products that you may have taken in the past. It works like a hormone the body produces naturally that regulates appetite, known as glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1). By activating areas of your brain that regulate appetite, Saxenda® may make you feel less hungry, which can lead to lower calorie intake and weight loss.b Saxenda® can help you to not only lose weight, but keep it off as well. Your body naturally produces glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps regulate your appetite. Saxenda® works like GLP-1. GLP-1 is thought to regulate one’s appetite. Calorie intake is a behavior that may be impacted by appetite. Less Appetite means Less Caloric Intake. Simple.

HCG Diet

Weight loss clinics in San Antonio often feature fad diets that claim to help you lose excess weight quickly and safely. Dr. Schanen, NP has found that the HCG diet program delivers an outstanding success rate by using a scientific approach that combines a very low-calorie diet and HCG hormone injections (human chorionic gonadotropin) to lose fat and maintain muscle mass.

Patients at our HCG weight loss clinic lose between half a pound and one pound per day. Unlike other weight loss clinics, our program is medically supervised from start to finish by Dr. Schanen, NP to ensure your safety and to maximize your results.

How HCG Diet Program Works:

Dr. Schanen, NP has created a 10-week comprehensive HCG weight loss program. Here’s how it works:

  • You will follow the HCG diet for about four weeks. The next six weeks are a maintenance phase to help you keep the weight off.

  • You will take 125 units of HCG injections once a day.

  • Dr. Schanen, NP will give you a scientifically designed diet plan to follow. You will consume 1000 calories per day. Your success depends upon strict adherence to his diet instructions.

  • We strive to maximize your fat burning and weight loss by giving you lipolysis shots every 7 days of your treatment. These HCG Diet injections literally dissolve fat. Lipolysis or MIC consists of methionine, inositol, and choline.

While the 1000-calorie diet seems like a small amount of calories for the average person to consume, patients do not experience hunger during the HCG diet.

The body is satisfied by this small caloric intake because the HCG shots release 1,500-2,000 calories that were stored in the fat cells. This is how you achieve such rapid weight loss. In addition, HCG is thought to reset the hypothalamus, curbing the feeling of hunger.

Your personalized HCG diet plan.

Prior to starting the HCG weight loss diet, Dr. Schanen, NP will give you a comprehensive medical evaluation including a complete history and physical. During his consultation with you, he will discuss with you your desired weight loss and how much is healthy for you to lose. He may adjust the length of the initial phase of the HCG diet (minimum length is 23 days; maximum length is 40 days).

Dr. Schanen, NP strongly believes in offering a ten-week program because it includes a maintenance phase. The six weeks of maintenance following the HCG diet helps you avoid yo-yo dieting and rebound weight gain.

HCG Diet – Safety and possible complications

  • We have found our program to be very safe, and our patients have not experienced any serious adverse events.

  • The HCG diet injections are not recommended for patients with gout or gallstones since the process may trigger them.

  • During the time that you are on the HCG diet, Dr. Schanen, NP administers the Myers’ Cocktail along with a high dose of biotin to be taken at home. These two combined therapies help to reduce the possible side effect of temporary slight hair loss (resulting from the very low-calorie diet). However, it is important to realize that if you do experience this slight thinning, your hair will grow back normally after you complete your diet plan.

  • Don’t be fooled by other HCG diet offers that you may see online, and don’t attempt this diet yourself. The HCG weight loss regimen should only be followed under the careful supervision of a health care professional.

Are the HCG Diet injections right for me?

If you are struggling with obesity or even those last few pounds and desire a slimmer, healthier and more aesthetically pleasing you, the HCG Diet could be the answer for you.


At Innovative Urgent Care and Family Health Clinic, we screen all our patients both medically and physically. With routine lab work and an appropriate physical exam we ensure that you receive the best weight loss advice possible. Our clinical testing is effective in diagnosing underlying kidney, heart, liver and thyroid, and hormone disease that may stand in the way of your weight loss goals.

Our examinations are collectively used to diagnose certain medical conditions including diabetes, hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, kidney, and liver disease. We are fully capable of treating such conditions if necessary before starting your weight loss program. We also monitor the side effects and long term effects of medication that our patients are taking.

In specific patients we may feel the need to further evaluate your heart function with an EKG. If an indication arises we may need to supplement your weight loss program with additional precautions.

For those who qualify, we will prescribe the FDA approved appetite suppressants and/or recommend Lipo D injectables.

As long as you follow our expert instructions, you can maximize your weight loss while simultaneously maintaining a healthy lifestyle.