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Phentermine And Topiramate

Qsymia

Qsymia is an extended-release combination of two existing medications: phentermine, used to suppress the appetite to aid in weight loss, and topiramate, used primarily to treat epilepsy and prevent migraine headaches but with a common side effect of weight loss. Qsymia has no generic alternative available. Another prescription option for weight loss, Belviq, is also now available. Compare sympathomimetic / anti-epileptic combinations.

Availability: Qsymia is only available at select pharmacies and through the Qsymia Home Delivery program. Learn More

Insurance Coverage: Many major insurance plans no longer cover Qsymia starting in 2016. Learn More

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2015 In Review: The Good(Rx) and Bad

Elizabeth Davis - December 29, 2015

2015 was another tough year for American’s health care budgets. Insurance premiums increased, coverage was dropped for a number of important drugs, and overall we’re spending more for our health care.

Don’t break out the antidepressants yet—it’s not all bad news. A number of important drugs went generic, which will generally mean huge savings and lower costs. Plus, a large number of drugs actually decreased in price. See More

50+ Drugs Dropped by Insurance in 2016, Including Viagra and Qsymia

Elizabeth Davis - August 12, 2015

It’s that time again—the new lists of covered and excluded drugs on next year’s insurance plans are out, and it doesn’t look great. For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name and generic drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2016.

Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing about 20 – 30 drugs each from their national preferred formularies at the end of 2015. See More

The Skinny on Weight Loss Drugs: Can Prescriptions Actually Work?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 15, 2015

Many Americans struggle with their weight. More than two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight, and one-third are obese. Obesity-related illness is estimated to cost the American economy almost $200 billion a year.

Sadly, there isn’t yet a perfect pill to end obesity. However, there are a variety of prescription options to help you jump-start your weight loss, with a number of new drugs approved in just the past few years. See More

What Do You Need to Know About Saxenda for Weight Loss?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 31, 2014

You may remember people talking about the diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide) as a weight loss med. (You can check out our previous article on the subject here.)

Well, Victoza with a new name at a higher dose has just been approved by the FDA as Saxenda (liraglutide) for the treatment of obesity.

What is this Saxenda? It’s a higher dose of Victoza, which has been available in the US since 2010 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. See More

2014 Brings Two New Weight Loss Drugs!

Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 16, 2014

Do we have better meds for weight loss now? September brought news of two new weight loss medications, Contrave and Saxenda. Funny thing is both of them are drugs used for other indications, now approved for weight loss. So these meds have been around, in one form or another. These two will join Belviq, Qsymia, and orlistat (available over the counter as Alli).

The newest drug available for weight loss is Contrave which is a combination of two older drugs: bupropion and naltrexoneSee More

10 Things You Don’t Know About Topamax (Topiramate)

Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 14, 2014

1.  Topamax (topiramate) works for the prevention of migraine and for seizures. What is awesome is the exact mechanism of its effects are unknown. So we don’t really know why it works to prevent migraines. We do know that topiramate may block the spread of seizures rather than raise the seizure threshold like other anti-seizure medications.

2.  Topamax is available as generic topiramate now, making it a ton cheaper than it was a couple years ago. See More

Qsymia Now Available at Local Pharmacies

Elizabeth Davis - July 11, 2013

Approved by the FDA for weight loss late last year, Qsymia (phentermine/topiramate) was initially available only through a home delivery program, meaning you couldn’t just go to your local pharmacy and fill your prescription.

Starting this month however, Qsymia will be available at certain local pharmacies. It still requires a prescription, and the selection of pharmacies is limited, but the change should offer more flexibility, and allow you to get started on the treatment sooner. See More

Qsymia, Another Weight Loss Drug, Wins FDA Approval

Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 04, 2012

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. See More

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