by DietPill.us Editor on January 19, 2016

Qsymia review

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Qsymia is an FDA-approved prescription diet drug manufactured by Vivus. It is primarily prescribed to treat obesity in individuals who have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher. It may also be prescribed to treat overweight individuals with a BMI of 27 or higher who also have additional obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

There are two active medications in Qsymia. They are phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine is a sympathomimetic amine that affects the nervous system and works to help suppress a person’s appetite. Topiramate is an antiepileptic, which is a class of drug that is mainly used to treat epilepsy. That being said, topiramate is thought to benefit weight loss by also helping to make a person feel full.

According to the official website for Qsymia, the diet drug works in two ways to help a person achieve their weight loss goals. First, it helps to reduce appetite and helps a person feel more satisfied with what they have eaten, which can result in the user eating less. Secondly, it helps to reduce snacking and overeating at meals.

However, while studies have been conducted on Qsymia, including two large trials supporting FDA approval, the site also states that “the precise mechanism of action of the 2 ingredients on chronic weight management is unknown.” Furthermore, the site notes that in one analysis patients with a BMI of 30 who took the recommended dose of Qsymia lost an average of 10% of their body weight, 24 pounds, and a 4 inch weight reduction after one year. This doesn’t sound all that impressive considering that implies they lost 2 pounds per month.

Like other diet drugs, Qsymia can cause adverse effects. Common side effects associated with this medication include: dry mouth, stomach discomfort, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, blurry vision, abnormal sensations or movements in the toes, legs, arms and/or fingers, decreased appetite, insomnia, upper respiratory infections, unpleasant taste in mouth, heartburn, muscle pain, back pain, rapid heartbead, urinary tract infections, etc.

Additionally, this medication is not safe for everyone to take, even if they have the appropriate BMI. Individuals with kidney problems, overactive thyroids, glaucoma, or those who are taking or have taken MAOIs within the past 14 days, should avoid this product. It should also be avoided by women who are pregnant as it can cause severe birth defects. Talk to your doctor about any healthy conditions you are currently experiencing or may have had in the past. Also, inform him/her of all medications or supplements you may currently be taking.

Qsymia is meant to be taken in conjunction with regular exercise and a healthy diet. How a doctor prescribes this medication may vary from case to case.

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