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Curious about the weightloss medication, Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)? With PCOS it's hard to lose weight on your own, is this something that would help?

Curious about the weightloss medication, Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)? With PCOS it's hard to lose weight on your own, is this something that would help?

It may: Help, but only as long as you take it, and has potential side effects. Diet and exercise are needed. Metformin may help to reduce the basic metabolic problem of insulin resistance. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What were the prescription or over-the-counter drug interactions seen in the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study? Anything people really have to watch out for?

What were the prescription or over-the-counter drug interactions seen in the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study? Anything people really have to watch out for?

Few to consider..: Qsymia=phentermine+topiramate: causes many side effects. Rare but serious ones: allergic reaction, high blood pressure, heart valve disorders, tremors, psychosis, pancreatitis, liver failures, thus careful with decongestant (pseudafed/phenylephrine), antihistamines 9zyrtec/benadryl), and tylenol (acetaminophen) containing products. Consult doc if u need to take these meds. Good luck. ...Read more

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As a doctor what's your opinion of the new weight loss drug qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)? Would you/have you used it yet? Results?

As a doctor what's your opinion of the new weight loss drug qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)? Would you/have you used it yet? Results?

Not so new: Dr's have used this drug (combo of 2 generics changed into an er). It's a safe & effective medication when used in the right person for the right amount of time. Note that safe does not mean without side effects. It should be used for no more than a few months along w/ ongoing lifestyle changes (dietary modification, exercise). The key is maintaining that lifestyle change once med stopped. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and with that my dr prescribed Qsymia to help me (and my body) break through - I lost over 20 lbs then stalled even though the dosage was increased. My BMI is in range now but I would still like to lose about 15-20

I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and with that my dr prescribed Qsymia to help me (and my body) break through - I lost over 20 lbs then stalled even though the dosage was increased. My BMI is in range now but I would still like to lose about 15-20

Don't reach for pill: Appetite suppressants are only temporary crutches--what happens when you stop them? Exercise rather than reach for food, & keep on-hand only healthy choices if you must snack. Chewing gum, a big glass of water, carrots & celery sticks may help curb your appetite. Reach your goal safely please. ...Read more

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What % of people taking qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) lost >15 pounds in the first 3 months? What was the overall average pounds lost by each person on the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study?

What % of people taking qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) lost >15 pounds in the first 3 months? What was the overall average pounds lost by each person on the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study?

Complicated answer: There were 3 trials involving Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) and depending on how the authors analyzed the data, the degree of weight loss was different. In the equip study, one analysis showed a 5% weight loss at 52 weeks on the lower dose of qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). But this was in severely obese people (bmi>35) so the effects may not be applicable to lower bmi people. Talk with your doc about risks/benefits, and if right for you. ...Read more

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Will eating grapefruit harm me in any way taking Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)?

Will eating grapefruit harm me in any way taking Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)?

Avoid grapefruit: Grapefruit and some other citrous fruits (tangelos & Seville oranges) contain chemicals that inhibit certain enzymes that help your body clear certain medications including one of the two active components of Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate), (phentermine and topiramate) namely topiramate. Grapefruit may thus increase the levels of topiramate in your body and its risks. It is best to avoid eating/drinking grapefruit and its juice while taking Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). ...Read more

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What were the common sides effects seen in the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study? Were there any uncommon but serious side effects?

What were the common sides effects seen in the qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) study? Were there any uncommon but serious side effects?

Many from 2 meds: Phentermine+topiramate: numbness, dry mouth, constipation, colds/bronchitis, acidosis, headaches, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, backpain, blurred vision, fatigue, high potassium, depression, anxiety hair loss, reflux, and man many more...And rare but serious ones: allergic reaction, high blood pressure, heart valve disorders, tremors, psychosis, pancreatitis, liver failures. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I would like to get a prescription for Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) on line. Is that possible?

I would like to get a prescription for Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) on line. Is that possible?

Not likely: This combination weight management medication contains a stimulant (phentermine) which is a schedule IV drug. These shouldn't be prescribe online. Additionally it has many different side effects including cardiovascular ones which need close monitoring. ...Read more

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Is Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) safe for weight loss?

Is Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) safe for weight loss?

Think long-term.: Short term risks and potential for abuse aside, the biggest flaw that I see with weight loss medications like this is the return of overweight once the pill is stopped. You really can't take these pills forever, and once stopped weight gain usually occurs, sometimes to or beyond your original weight. Again, quick fixes tend not to work in the long term. Be sensible and patient. ...Read more

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How should qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) be prescribed? My husband is 30 pounds over weight and our doctor wrote a perscription for the highest dosage. This seems incorrect

How should qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) be prescribed? My husband is 30 pounds over weight and our doctor wrote a perscription for the highest dosage. This seems incorrect

Usually titrated up: Hi. Usually the dose of Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) is titrated up, but I suppose if he tolerates the highest dose right off the bat and has a clinical response, it's OK. Talk with the doctor or speak with your pharmacist. Maybe the doc has had favorable experience starting right off at the highest dose. ...Read more

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Healthy 50 y/o female., 30mg of Paxil almost a year/menopause "madness" I call it. Gained 50lbs 9 months Dr won't prescribe qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). Why not? .

Healthy 50 y/o female., 30mg of Paxil almost a year/menopause "madness" I call it. Gained 50lbs 9 months Dr won't prescribe qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). Why not? .

Risk vs benefit: No such thing as free lunch. Likewise, no medication (or even dietary supplement or herb) is w/o potential side effect (s). Decision to prescribe any drug is based upon whether desired benefit exceeds potential risk. Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/qsymia-side-effects. Html for info re Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). Paroxetine as Brisdelle is approved to treat hot flashes of menopause at much lower dose than depression ...Read more

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Hi, I am a 21 year old female, height of 5'2 & weighing around 260 pounds. I have struggled with weight loss. I wanted to know your thoughts on qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)?

Hi, I am a 21 year old female, height of 5'2 & weighing around 260 pounds. I have struggled with weight loss. I wanted to know your thoughts on qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)?

Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate): Hi. Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) is a decent weight loss drug. Your BMI is 47.5, and Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) has not been shown to be effective in a similar patient population as far as I'm aware. I know your weight makes your life very difficult, and my heart goes out to you. Your weight is a serious health risk to you. It would be worth talking with an experienced bariatric surgery group about options. Good luck! ...Read more

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Itchy small rash for 7days and now vertigo also starting to itch my feet too could this be a bad allergy, mite or qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) side effects? I'm also on peeio

Itchy small rash for 7days and now vertigo also starting to itch my feet too could this be a bad allergy, mite or qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) side effects? I'm also on peeio

Hard to say: Itch and dizziness are common symptoms, and are reported as side effects for many meds. Not familiar with your meds, but any med can have side effects. If you're concerned, get a medical exam. ...Read more

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I am trying to find a doctor in the northern va area prescribing qysima (sp)?

I am trying to find a doctor in the northern va area prescribing qysima (sp)?

Search on the web...: Places to find a doctor... Do a doctor search on healthtap via "find doctor" feature, and look at his profile. Search for a doctor on the web at one's insurance company's site. Ask friends, neighbors, relatives for recommendations (but sometimes they'll ask "are you sick? "). Call the local hospital or county medical society; ask for doctors specializing in bariatrics and other weight loss methods. ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topical?

Please describe the medication: topical?

Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more

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What medications are given fordepression?

What medications are given fordepression?

Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medication is equivalent to covance d?

What medication is equivalent to covance d?

Yes: Covance d is a combination of losartan and hydrochlorthiazide- a diuretic). There are a number of such combinations for the treatment of hypertension. If this is a question of your co-pay, ask your physician about generic alternatives. ...Read more

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