Struggling with excessive weight is often very hard and many people lose this battle if they do not receive help on time. In 2012 the FDA approved Qsymia weight loss drug that comes to people’s aid in the process of weight loss. Qsymia diet pill is a unique combination of two different drugs, which have various uses. Topiramate is known as a drug that prevents seizures and migraine attacks. Due to its complex action, this medication also changes the taste sensation, and because of this effect, people often lose interest for food.
Phentermine, the main ingredient of Qsymia weight loss drug, is an appetite suppressant that prevents people from consuming large quantity of food. The medication has an action similar to amphetamine; it not only suppresses hunger, but also boosts one’s energy. When the appetite decreases, it is much easier for overweight people to stick to a diet, and having more energy helps them to be more physically active; these two factors leading to weight loss as a consequence.
Phentermine is also known to have a weight loss effect on its own, it is often prescribed to overweight and obese people with recommendations to follow a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis, but the combination of Phentermine and Topiramate in Qsymia diet pill has proved to be more effective. The role of Phentermine in weight loss process is highly important because of its ability to suppress appetite, as overeating is one of the main reasons of excessive weight, but Qsymia Phentermine/Topiramate combination has an even more powerful action because Topiramate prolongs the feeling of fullness.
Qsymia doses that are now available for sale contain different amounts of Phentermine and Topiramate: 3.75 mg/23 mg; 7.5 mg/46 mg; 11.25 mg/69 mg; 15 mg/92 mg. The effective Qsymia doses can vary from person to person. As a rule, the treatment starts with the lowest dose of Qsymia Phentermine/Topiramate combination (3.75 mg of Phentermine and 23 mg of Topiramate). The capsule should be taken orally in the morning during the first two weeks. After 14 days, the dose is usually increased to 7.5 mg of Phentermine and 46 mg of Topiramate – one capsule every morning. It is recommended to take the medication in the morning rather than late in the day as you might experience trouble with your sleep because of the medication. Sleep problem is known to be one of Qsymia side effects, so in order to minimize the risk of having such a reaction, the capsules should be taken in the morning.
Your doctor should evaluate the results of the first period of your treatment after 12 weeks on 7.5 mg of Phentermine and 46 mg of Topiramate. As Qsymia doses should be gradually increased during the treatment until an effective dose is reached, your doctor could increase your dose of Qsymia after 12 weeks if you have not lost at least 3% of your initial body weight. It is possible that you will be recommended to stop the treatment after 12 weeks if your doctor considers that the medication is not helping you at all.
If you were taking the maximum dose of Qsymia diet pill, and the results were not satisfactory, do not exceed this dose to lose more weight and speak to your doctor about ending the treatment. Do not stop taking the medication abruptly as this can lead to seizures. Your healthcare provider should advise you on how to decrease the dose for a safe discontinuation of the treatment.
Qsymia is a medication that can help you lose significant amount of weight, but it also brings about many side effects that can be either mild or extremely severe. Frequent Qsymia side effects include tingling or numbness of your hands, feet or face, changes in taste sensation, insomnia, dry mouth, and constipation. These manifestations can pass after the first weeks of the treatment, however, if they last for too long or they become intolerable, address your doctor for help. Severe Qsymia side effects that require immediate doctor’s attention are manifested in increased heart rate, vision problems, depression, and thoughts about suicide.
Qsymia weight loss drug can also be the cause of severe mood changes, anxiety, anger, and panic attacks. People can also experience confusion, difficulty concentrating, or problems with memory. Fever, decreased sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, changes in blood pressure, or low levels of blood sugar in people with diabetes type 2 are also possible. Should you notice any of the mentioned adverse reactions, or any other manifestations that were not present before the start of the treatment, address your doctor without hesitation.
Do not take two pills if you missed a dose. Take Qsymia diet pill as soon as you remember, or skip it if you should take your next dose soon. Nausea, vomiting, confusion, hallucinations, diarrhea, stomach cramps, convulsions, increased or irregular heartbeat can be signs of an overdose. If any of these occur, get medical help immediately.
Do not take Qsymia if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your doctor for other weight loss options.
If you are currently taking other medications, especially sleeping pills, drugs for depression, anxiety, or seizures, muscle relaxers or pain medicines, inform your doctor about it before you start taking Qsymia weight loss drug.
Qsymia generic versions are currently not available. Although many doctors prescribe Phentermine and Topiramate separately for weight loss purposes, these drugs cannot be regarded as Qsymia generic versions. Many people prefer buying these medications separately rather than using Qsymia Phentermine/Topiramate combination because it helps them considerably reduce the cost of the medication. There have been reports that being used separately these drugs have the same action and help to lose weight just as effectively. You can discuss your opportunities with your doctor who will advise you on the best medicine that would be both safe and effective. Make sure you inform your doctor about all the medical conditions you have and all the drugs you are taking, as this will minimize the risk of having severe Qsymia side effects.