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Qysmia: Is The New Weight Loss Drug Right For You?

By Dr. Carrie Jones Expert HERWriter
 
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There is a new weight loss drug on the market and it is known now as Qysmia (formerly titled Qnexa).

It is a combination of two other drugs, Phentermine (one of the Phen’s in the former weight loss drugs known as Fen-Phen) and Topiramate which is also known as Topomax for epilepsy.

For many of you hoping for a miracle weight loss drug, this is not it, but it has been shown to be helpful.

Qysmia is strongly recommended only for those who meet the following criteria.

First, if someone (man or woman) has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater they qualify. As an example, a 5’4” woman who weighs above 180 pounds, or a 5’8” woman who weighs above 200 pounds meets the criteria.

Second, if someone (man or woman) has a BMI of 27 or greater AND has high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and/or high cholesterol, they would qualify.

It is not recommended at all for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, for those who have glaucoma, have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). It's also not for someone who ise taking an MAOI type of anti-depressant, or who has an unstable heart condition such as irregular heart rates.

Typical side effects of Phentermine are rapid heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, and cottonmouth or dry mouth. The most common side effects of Topiramate are numbness and tingling in the limbs, diarrhea dizziness, depression, nausea, memory problems and slowed movements.

Both medications cause loss of appetite which is why they work so well for weight loss.

Health care providers are advised to start with the lowest dose of Qysmia which is 3.75 mg of Phentermine and 23 mg of Topiramate for two weeks. At that time depending on the input from the provider and patient, the dose may be doubled.

After two more weeks the dose can be increased again to 11.25mg/69mg and then in another two weeks increased again to a maximum dosage of 15mg/92mg. If weight loss is not achieved, then the patient must wean off Qysmia to reduce risk of seizures before stopping it completely.

Some patients may choose to stay at lower doses depending on side effects.

Add a Comment4 Comments

Kimberly Gibbs

I heard about Qsymia about 18 months ago. I don't think it's available here in the UK but is in the United States.
What has been the initial feedback now? I know most strong diet pills have crazy side effects, how about this one?

June 27, 2014 - 7:02am
alexajeri

I just don’t think there’s anything out there that is better than Qysmia. I’ve tried so many different diets and pills and this is the only one that really helps you to get everything on track with a suppressed appetite and more energy, but that doesn’t come with a whole pile of explosive side effects and withdrawal if you use it too long. It’s everything you want and nothing that you don’t want! This is just enough to take the struggle out of weight loss .

May 14, 2013 - 1:02am
Toby

I Have been taking Qsymia 7.5mg for almost 5 months and have gone from asize 18 to a size 14.I have a little dry mouth at times but no problems. It is wonderful in controlling my appetite that somtimes I forget I have to eat,which it was all I used to think about before.It may not be for everyone but it was for me.I just wish insurances would get on board with it..because it works and they they need to cover it on their plans.It's killing me financially but it's well worth skimping elsewhere.

February 11, 2013 - 8:07am
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Anonymous

I wonder how and if these drugs work as they advertise. Will be happy to see some positive feedback. Still, I think keeping a balanced,healthy diet is most important for losing weight. Find some useful idea here- http://howtoloseweight-tips.com/daily-diet-plan-for-losing-weight/

November 9, 2012 - 9:25am
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