Qsymia is a prescription only diet pill that combines the abilities of the weight loss drug Phentermine and the anticonvulsant Topiramate, which appears to be capable of providing a minimal amount of weight loss. On a less positive note, Topiramate is also capable of causing birth defects and other unpleasant side effects. Phentermine can also be heavy on side effects, and it is an addictive drug, so this pairing may prove to be more trouble than its worth for many users.
The drug was developed in California by Vivus and the company’s initial application for FDA approval was denied in 2010 because FDA officials were concerned about the potential side effects the drug’s use may entail, including cardiovascular issues and the aforementioned birth defects. However, when Vivus resubmitted Qsymia the FDA approved it and doctors in America had it at their disposal from September 2012. The relevant regulatory authorities in Europe took a harsher stance against the drug though, and rejected Vivus’ application to distribute Qsymia in European countries.
In a study that compared its abilities to those of the weight loss drugs Contrave and Belviq, Qsymia was an easy winner. Belviq proved to be successful for weight loss in as much as it helped users to achieve a bodyweight reduction of 3%, but this did not compare well to the 5% weight loss achieved by the people taking Contrave. However, Qsymia users showed an average bodyweight reduction of 9%. That’s nearly double the weight loss achieved by the people using Contrave and three times that of the Belviq users.
What is Qsymia and How Does it Work?
The fact that Qsymia can help with weight loss cannot be disputed, but experts are unsure about the method of action. One half of the formulation (Phentermine) is an appetite suppressant though, so it is probable that Qsymia will have this ability as well and using a good appetite suppressant can be a good way to keep eating habits under control and reduce the amount of calories consumed. Some experts suggest the drug may also speed up the metabolism. It’s pure speculation, but if it can do this it will help the body to burn calories at an increased rate and begin burning its fat when the supply of calories runs low.
Who is Qsymia for?
Qsymia is for obese individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Doctors are also permitted to prescribe Qsymia to patients who have a BMI of 27-29, but only if the patient has at least one medical condition that may be improved if they lose weight. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two examples.
The danger of birth defects makes Qsymia unsuitable for pregnant women and it is also a bad choice for people who suffer from certain medical problems including, but not limited to:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Seizures or epilepsy
- High blood pressure
- Low bone mineral density
- Kidney stones or disease
- Overactive thyroid gland
Qsymia can also interact badly with some medications including, but not limited to:
- Valproic acid
- Birth control pills
Possible Qsymia Side Effects
Qsymia is capable of causing side effects including, but not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing
- Inflammation of the face, lips, and tongue
- Pounding heart
- Fluttering heart
- Sudden vision problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Speech problems
- Memory problems
- Extreme thirst
- dry mouth
- Low blood sugar
- Sleep problems
- Tingling sensations
- Irregular vaginal bleeding (when used alongside birth control pills)
Qsymia in a Nutshell
Qsymia is once per day diet pill that can be obtained with a doctor’s prescription in the USA, but cannot be legally distributed in the UK and Ireland orEurope because European health officials feel the risks it presents outweigh the benefits. Qsymia is more powerful than some competing drugs, but experts are unsure how the results are achieved and the drug can cause numerous side effects.