Qsymia, formerly known as Qnexa, is a diet pill recently approved by FDA. It is a prescription medication used in treatment of obesity. Although sometimes it is prescribed in cases where obesity is related to diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, Qsymia will only cause weight loss and will not treat any of other mentioned conditions.
Qsymia contains two active ingredients: phentermine and topiramate. The former is an appetite suppressant, the latter is a seizure medication. Both substances were clinically tested and confirmed to be effective when used in a proper way. The drug is indicated as a supplement to a reduced-calorie diet and physical exercises. It is designed to help obese and some overweight adults in losing weight as well as keep the weight off. The pills create a feeling of satiety that lasts for very long. They also accelerate the process of calorie-burning.
What follows is that Qsymia is specifically efficient in case your obesity is an effect of how often and how much you eat. However, it will not help you with some underlying condition that your obesity might be related to.
Given that phentermine is similar to amphetamine, it might also create similar problems, especially when it is used for a longer time. First of all, phentermine might be habit-forming and it should be taken only by the person for whom it is prescribed. The end of treatment should not be sudden, a gradual reduction of dosage might be needed. It is also very important that women who are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant should not take Qsymia, as it may lead to birth defects.
Other possible side effects of Qsymia include mood changes, sleeping problems, memory and concentration disorders. You should likewise be very cautious about interactions between Qsymia and other medicines you use.
To avoid the aforementioned problems, you should drink plenty of liquids while taking Qsymia. Alcohol must not be one of them, however, since it might increase the Qsymia’s side effects. It is also advised to refrain from driving or performing any other activities that require to be alert. The extended-release capsules should be swallowed, not chewed or open in any other way. Last but not least, you should strictly follow instructions on your doctor’s prescription label and consult with her or him when your organism reacts in an unexpected way.
Another weight loss drug that was approved by FDA along with Qsymia is Belviq. Although both drugs are designed to help people lose weight, they are nonetheless quite different. Belviq turns on a particular switch increasing the level of serotonin in the brain. Higher doses of this drug might have effects similar to those of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD.
This is why Belviq should not be taken by people with psychotic or thought disorders and, believe it or not, also by men with deformed penis or with an unusually long lasting erection. Different limitations of use might be considered as a criterion of choice between Qsymia and Belviq, since they have never been tested in a head-to-head clinical trial and there is no data demonstrating which one is more effective. Notwithstanding, both drugs require a proper diet and physical activity for achieving best results.
Both drugs are available in United States only. Qsymia cost is around $75 for 30 days of the recommended dose (or $35 for patients with insurance). Belviq is more expensive and costs $110-115 for 30 tablets.