What is Qsymia?
Qsymia capsules contain the active ingredients phentermine hydrochloride and topiramate extended-release. Both ingredients work to reduce weight issues by suppressing appetite and reducing food consumption.
Who can take it?
Qsymia will only be prescribed to people who have a BMI of 30 or greater. Or BMI of 27 and over who has a weight related condition such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia or diabetes mellitus.
Who can not take Qsymia?
Qsymia is not recommended for women who are pregnant or looking to become pregnant. The manufactures recommend women use contraception whilst taking Qsymia.
How do I take Qsymia?
Qsymia is taken once a day with or without food. Your doctor should advise you to start a diet and exercise program in conjunction with taking a course of Qsymia. If you forget or miss a dose of Qsymia continue to take the medication the very next morning. If you take Qsymia for 12 weeks and see no visible results, it is recommended you speak to your doctor about increasing the dose for a further 12 weeks.
What strengths are available?
Qsymia is available in four strengths: 3.75 mg/23 mg, 7.5 mg/46 mg, 11.25 mg/69 mg and 15 mg/92 mg capsules.
What are the side effects from taking Qsymia?
Like any prescription medication there are always side effects. However not everyone will experience side effects. The most common side effects from taking Qsymia include:
- Tingling/numbness feeling in hands, feet, face and arms
- Insomnia and restlessness
- Stomach aches
- Increase heart rate
- Dry mouth & taste buds altered
- Eye issues (glaucoma)
The FDA approved this medication with special consideration for people that are suffering from obesity. There can be many complications and conditions associated by being obese and for some people the side effects caused by this new weight loss medication may not be as serious as the underlying health issues caused by obesity.
Women who are thinking of becoming pregnant need to be aware that there is concern that Qsymia may cause birth defects. These include increased risk of the newborn having cleft lip & cleft palete. It is recommended you speak to your doctor before considering this medication.
For more information on Qsymia and side effects see the manufactures medication guide.
How do I buy Qsymia online?
To buy Qsymia online you must have a prescription from a doctor. Currently there are only a handful of licensed pharmacists in the USA that are currently selling the medication online. The medication is currently unavailable in the UK and Europe and expected release is early 2013. Loxdoc currently sells Xenical medication and is an alternative to Qsymia. Xenical is an effective weight loss medication helping people managing their weight better.
I was pre-diabetic and had a heart to heart with my doc about how it was time to change my habits. I started this in June 2016, lost an average of 10lb per month – started at 226lb and got down to 186lb before easing off of it to maintain on my own. I hadn’t had to worry about food in my youth but 3 kids, work and middle age had crept up on me and I obsessed about food. This was a magic pill which just STOPPED me thinking about food outside of what was necessary for just living – no craving, no obsessing, no hassle. It helped me reset my life and habits.
Drugs.com Reviewed October 22, 2017
Update: Started Qsymia on 3/23/17 and today is 10/27/17. Little over 7 months. I’m on the 7.5/46mg dosage. I’m a 29 yo female 5’8”. Starting weight was 353.0lbs. Today my scale said 304.9lbs. 48.1lbs down. The lowest I’ve seen is 302. I’m at a period where my weight is stalling a little. I don’t think it’s because the dosage isn’t working but because this happens ever so often. I’ll lose pretty consistently then get to a bit of a plateau and then lose again. It’s frustrating but I just keep doing what I’m doing and don’t give up and the weight continues to come off again. Again, my diet has only changed in that I eat a lot less food and drink way more water. I’m about to start exercise on a more consistent basis. Till next time!
Drugs.com Reviewed October 27, 2017
53 year female –
Since pre-menopause/menopause began, I’ve been gaining 3-5 pounds a year over the last ten years and was 193 lbs on my last doctor visit. Doctor recommended Qsymia as a way to jump start weight loss and motivate me to make lifestyle changes. She recommended no more than 1200 calories a day. I was told to avoid caffeine because of potential stimulant effect of Q. Wrong! I got the drowsiness side effect the first day. After that, I’ve kept to my 1-2 cups of coffee and I’ve done fine. I fall asleep no problem, but I do find that I wake up a few times during the night–but that can also be attributed to my pets and needing to urinate from all the extra water I’m drinking. My scale arrives tomorrow so I can track weight loss.
Drugs.com Reviewed November 17, 2017
River girl –
I am 46 years old I’m 5’8″ tall and weighed up to 197lb. I was in a 40 DDD bra and busting out of size 14 pants. My shirts were all 1X. This was the biggest I’ve ever been. I’ve been working out with a group trainer doing metabolic work outs while on qsymia. Stopped coffee for a month, stopped drinking beer also. Started drinking vodka with club soda instead. I weigh 180lb now. 3 months later. My shirt size is a large. My bra is a 36 DD. And I wear a size 12 pants. No real side effects to the drug. I had a little tingling in my face at first. But it went away. No jitters or anything. Wish it were cheaper. It keeps me on track and very healthy. I do work out at my lunch time M W F. Big difference with this medication in reshaping your body.
Drugs.com Reviewed December 23, 2017
36yr/5.5ft Starting weight 178 (Goal 145) Its been one month exactly and I am 10 lbs down. I know that’s good but I expected more. I still have not changed my diet nor added any exercise. So! I guess that is good! The only thing I notice is dry mouth and that just makes me drink more water. So, I don’t really mind that. I definitely do not eat as much as I use to. If I have pizza – it’s 2 slices instead of 3 or 4! It’s all I can handle. So I’ve got a ways to go!
Drugs.com Reviewed January 3, 2018
53 year old female –
Third review–been on it for two months now and have lost 15 lbs, about 2 lbs per week. My doc is excited. Still at the 7.5 dose. My appetite is contained & I can stay under 1200 calories easily–track it with an app. I stay away from bread, fast food, and most sugars. Still not motivated to exercise, but hey–it’s January in Idaho. Staying on top of water intake. I sleep good. Get a little tingly now and then. Sometimes get a little fuzzy thought processes, but I can handle that to lose weight. I pay $135 at WalMart with the patient savings card. Insurance does not cover it.
Drugs.com Reviewed January 3, 2018
I finally found something that works! I lost 26 pounds in one month!! I walk in the park a few times a week (up to 3 miles), I do light weight (5lb-8lb) arm, leg and an exercises at home and changed my eating habits big time. I feel great and am hardly ever hungry. No real side effects besides a little dry mouth. I just drink even more water.
Drugs.com Reviewed March 26, 2018
I’m about to turn 50, about 190 lbs, 5’2 and on 10 mg ambien last 25 years. I just can’t sleep without it, and then only 3-4 hours only. I am an avid coke drinker, allergic to milk and chocolate so eating or desserts are not a problem. I admit it’s the coke and not sleeping. So my doc has me trying qysmia. I’ve been on it for about 7 weeks. My insurance does not cover it and pretty pricey, but doc thinks this might work and not cause conflict with sleeping pills. Good news I have lost 2 sizes…YAY! I have dry mouth really bad, can’t stand to drink coke (would never have thought anything would do that!) I only want to drink water. Most food tastes bad as well. Everything tastes like I am licking a postage stamp. My vision is a bit worse. I have that bad taste in mouth all the time…maybe gum or mints might help…giving it another month and will weigh the pros and cons.
Drugs.com Reviewed April 4, 2018
Losing AGAIN! –
I started Qsymia on February 2, 2018 . Today is June 15, 2018 so almost 4 1/2 months exactly . Let me start by saying that I tried Phentermine alone several years ago and had lost 80 pounds, gained it all back etc etc tried it again several more times over the course of the last few years and it was like it never worked for me again , like my body had built up an immunity to it . Weird right ?!? So, as a last chance option I chose Qsymia . At first I did’t think it was going to work , in fact it took a little over a month for me to tell it was doing anything ! In the beginning I had a few tingly feet sensations but that went away after time and I did feel weak at first but found out it was due to low potassium so if you’re feeling that way have that checked out . To date I have lost 27 pounds , which may seem slow to some but it is coming off ! I don’t have much of an appetite , I eat small portions and the one effect it HAS had is changing my taste buds.
Drugs.com Reviewed June 14, 2018
This is an update on the comment below. I was diagnosed with ADHD about 12 years ago but stopped taking my medication for it many years ago because it made me feel jittery. I have noticed, since I started Qsymia, that my ADHD is under control! With no jittery feeling and it works better than the previous meds did. This is not used as a med for ADHD to my knowledge but it should be investigated. Previous comment: I started Qsymia 5 days ago and am down 3 pounds. I am able to control my portions and snacking very well and am not very hungry. This is the low dose also. I had previously been on Contrave for 2 months which made me extremely nauseous and I gained 8 pounds on it because I wanted to eat when I was nauseated. The only side effects I notice are insomnia and restless legs at night. Unfortunately, I am unable to exercise because I broke my patella a week ago, so that may slow down my progress some. Overall, this seems like a good medication.
Drugs.com Reviewed June 20, 2018