Qsymia reviewQsymia is a diet drug for weight loss that is typically prescribed as a treatment for obesity. It is usually prescribed to adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or to adults with a 27 BMI but who also have a health condition affected by weight, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes. Qsymia is manufactured by Vivus and received approval from the FDA in 2012.

Qsymia contains two active ingredients: phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine is a psychostimulant; a sympathomimetic amine that affects the nervous system that helps to reduce appetite. Topiramate belongs to a class of drugs known as antiepileptics, which are often used to treat epilepsy. However, topiramate is believed to help with weight loss and may help a person feel full.

The combination of these two substances, according to the official Qsymia website, can help a person eat less by decreasing their appetite and by helping them to feel greater satisfaction with what they have eaten. The site also states that “The precise mechanism of action of the 2 ingredients on chronic weight management is unknown.”

Common side effects associated with Qsymia include: dry mouth, abnormal movements or sensation in the fingers, arms, legs, and/or toes, blurry vision, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, insomnia, upper respiratory infections, reduced appetite, urinary tract infections, unpleasant taste in the mouth, stomach discomfort, upset stomach, heartburn, back pain, muscle pain, racing heart, etc.

Certain people should not take Qsymia, especially those who are allergic to any of its ingredients, if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, an overactive thyroid, or you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the previous 14 days. This prescription weight loss pill should also not be taken by pregnant woman, as it can cause severe birth defects. Anyone who is a candidate for Qsymia should tell their doctor about any allergies, health conditions, or if they are taking any prescription, non-prescription, recreational, illegal, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs.

Qsymia is an extended release capsule. It is meant to be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. The recommended dosage is to take Qsymia in the morning with or without food. This pill should not be taken in the evening as this can lead to sleeping difficulties. To start, a doctor may prescribe a 3.75 mg dose of Qsymia once a day for the first two weeks (14 days) of treatment. After this initial period, the dosage may be increased to 7.5 mg per day for the next 12 weeks. If after 12 weeks the desired weight loss goal has not been achieved, the dosage may be adjusted again. Each individual case may vary.