And away we go! Another weight loss drug, Qsymia, has won FDA approval.
Surprise! The “new” medication for weight loss is a combination of two existing medications. On the heels of Belviq, a weight loss medication approved a month ago, we now have a combination of phentermine and topiramate (Topamax) called Qsymia.
Qsymia is a combination of the FDA-approved drugs phentermine and topiramate (Topamax) in an extended-release formulation. Phentermine has been used for years for short-term weight loss and Topiramate is used for the treatment of seizures and the prevention of migraine headaches.
Here are the stats on Qsymia:
1. The average weight loss is about 9 – 10%.
2. The most common adverse reactions with Qsymia were tingling sensations of the hands and feet, dizziness, altered taste, insomnia, constipation, and dry mouth.
3. People who CAN’T use Qsymia are: those with glaucoma, hyperthyroidism or those with a history of heart disease or stroke.
4. If you don’t have weight loss after 12 weeks on Qsymia you should consider discontinuing it.
Qsymia is available in pharmacies as of September 2012.