As obesity rates in the USA and around the world are going up, FDA has recently (July 2012) given green light to the weight loss drug called Qsymia (originally meant to be called Qnexa, but manufacturers had to change its name to a more unique one).
The drug is meant to be used in addition with reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. Rumor has it that Qsymia can help patients lose on average 10-12 % of their weight, which is remarkable if you’re heavily obese.
Who can use Qsymia?
Individuals with BMI of 30+ and individuals with BMI 27+ who also have at least one other weight related condition (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes etc.) Qsymia will be prescription only and only your doctor will be able to prescribe Qsymia for you.
This drug is composed of 2 main ingredients:
Phentermine – Well known appetite suppressant that has been approved for short term use in obese patients. Phentermine in its structure is similar to amphetamines, which means that it artificially influences working of your nervous system by releasing norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. As a result, “fight or flight” mechanism is activated, and appetite suppression is one of the effects here.
Topiramate (extended release) – Originally used as anti-seizure and anti-migraines medication, Topiramate is also known to cause weight loss as a “side effect”.
Qsymia special precautions
While it may sound like really good news that FDA has finally approved a pill for treatment of obesity, we advise you to carefully research all the positive and negative sides of Qsymia.
Qsymia must not be used during pregnancy at all. Patients with glaucoma or hyperthyroidism should not use this drug. Qsymia is known to cause fast heart rate, which may not be suitable for patients with history of heart attacks. It is advisable that those patients regularly monitor their heart rates, especially in the beginning of taking Qsymia.
Qsymia side effects
As reported by the FDA, side effects that can be expected with Qsymia are: change in taste sensation, fast heart rate, tingling in hands and feet, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth and constipation.
Where to buy Qsymia?
At the moment of writing this article (July 2012), Qsymia is not yet available for purchase anywhere. Some predict that it will be available from September 2012 and as we said above, it will be available by prescription only.
Final thoughts on Qsymia
Overall it looks like a good weight loss pill, and the fact that it is approved by FDA just adds to its credibility. However, we advise all consumers to take a look at both sides of the coin; for example there’s a very good reason why Phentermine ingredient should be used in short term only.
Understand that we’re talking about serious synthetic drug here; they can all be addictive and usually carry certain side effects with them. Think twice before taking Qsymia, that’s all we have to say.
Phen375 has been on the market since 2009 and so far it has built a reputation of one of the most credible non-prescription fat burners on the market today. Phen375 includes all-synthetic ingredients that have been manufactured in an FDA regulated lab, where the production process is constantly monitored and observed.