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Qsymia, initially known as Qnexa, is one of the latest slimming pills approved by the FDA. It's a combination treatment that contains two existing treatments: phentermine and topiramate (extended release). Both these treatments have been tested and reviewed in their own capacity, which is why Qsymia is considered to be an effective weight-loss solution for short-term use. This treatment works as an appetite suppressant, which means that it allows you to feel fuller on smaller portions, but also aids calorie expenditure.

Qsymia is not yet available in the UK or US, however it's believed that it should become available by the end of the year in the US, which usually means that it could take another few months for it to be approved by European regulatory authorities. In the meanwhile, patients who require assistance with weight loss have the option of using Xenical, which is currently the only approved prescription treatment for weight loss in Europe.

Chemical Composition of Qsymia
Chemical Composition of Qsymia

What are the benefits of taking Qsymia?

Qsymia contains two separate ingredients that work to allow you better control over your appetite. If you find that your weight problems are related to how often or how much you eat, this treatment may be helpful to you. However, as with other weight loss treatments like Xenical, Qsymia will provide you with the optimum benefit only if it's combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

Clinical trials showed that, on average, people lost 22lbs over the course of a year and also experienced a decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. According to data, 70% of those who used Qsymia lost 5% of their body weight compared to 20% of those who were given the placebo.

How does Qsymia work?

Phentermine in Qsymia works as an appetite suppressant and triggers the release of a chemical in the brain known as norepinephrine. This results in the increase of leptin in the blood, which is a hormone that is capable of regulating appetite.

Topomax or topiramate, which forms part of Qsymia, assists in weight loss by making you feel full quicker, increasing calorie expenditure and making foods less appetising. As a single treatment, it's normally prescribed for the treatment of migraines or epilepsy.

Who can take it?

Qsymia will only be prescribed to patients with a BMI of 30 and over or people with a BMI of more than 27 who have conditions such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. The majority of patients will be prescribed a standard dose, but those that are at serious risk may be recommended a higher dose.

You will also not be able to take Qsymia if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Take other weight loss treatments
  • Have thyroid problems
  • Have an allergy to the active ingredient
  • Suffer from glaucoma

Qsymia may affect your hormonal contraceptive, making it less effective, so you should mention to your doctor if you are taking an oral contraceptive or any other medications, especially if you are taking diuretics (water pills), anticonvulsive treatments or medications that can impair your concentration.

How do you take it?

How you will need to take Qsymia may be subject to your physician's recommendations, but in general you'll only be recommended a single daily pill. This tablet can be taken with or without food, ideally in the mornings to ensure that you get the full benefit throughout your day. If you miss a dose, simply leave off the day and do not double dose.


Are there any side effects?

As this is still a new treatment, it means that any information available on side effects will be sourced from clinical data. According to this data some people may experience mood changes, difficulty concentrating, changes in blood sugar levels or possible seizures, though these were reported very rarely. You should speak to your doctor if you experience them.

More commonly reported side effects include numbness of the hands, arms, feet or face, dizziness, changes in the way food tastes, troubled sleep, constipation and cotton mouth. These are likely to go away fairly quickly, but if they persist or bother you, speak to your doctor.

Is it available online?

Qsymia is currently not available to order online, however it's likely to be available during the course of 2013. We will be sure to update our website as any information regarding this treatment becomes available. You could also be the first to know by signing up to our newsletter. If you are currently in need of a weight loss treatment, you may benefit from a treatment such as Xenical, which functions gastro-intestinally to prevent the absorption of fats from meals.

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