It’s been 13 years since the last time the FDA approved a new weight loss pill and Qsymia is the new kid on the block. Many of the previously approved drugs caused severe and sometimes deadly side effects resulting with there prompt removal from the market. With obesity on the rise many weight loss medical specialists have turned to prescribing the off-label use of existing drugs that are typically used for treating illnesses such as diabetes or ADHD which also happen to have appetite supression as a side effect.
There are a few questions about this new weight loss wonder pill which is scheduled for release in the fall:
What is Qsymia?
Qsymia is a combination of the appetite suppressant phentermine (the safe half of the diet drug Fen-Phen) and the anti-seizure/migraine medication topiramate. It is manufactured by the pharmaceutical firm Vivus, Inc. and was formally known as Qnexa.
How does Qsymia work?
phentermine is an appetite suppressant. It is thought to trigger the release of the chemical norepinephrine in the brain, which increases blood concentrations of leptin, an appetite-regulating hormone.
Qysmia is not for everyone. Due to the use of powerful stimulants people with high blood pressure or heart disease are not ideal candidates for this treatment. Typically you would visit an obesity specialist for an examination where you would then discuss the pros and cons of this medication; however, it is likely that primary care physicians will also be prescribing Qysmia to their patients.
For your safety it would be wise to not buy prescription medications online – especially those in the weight loss industry. The internet is a haven for all kinds of hucksters exploiting others in order to make a fast buck with no regard for others’ well being.
The American Board of Obesity Medicine warns those seeking medical help to address their weight issues to beware of doctors dispensing medications from their own facility. This is usually a red flag and you can spot these “medication mills” easily whenever you notice that their waiting room is overrun with people who seemingly are all waiting for the same medication.
Be sure to exercise caution and do not buy prescription medication on the internet. Contact your doctor to help determine whether or not Qysmia is right for you.