How Does Qsymia Work?

Qsymia, which comes in the form of an extended-release capsule, is made with a combination of the medications phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant, which effectively decreases your appetite to encourage reduced caloric intake. Topiramate is typically used as an anticonvulsant medication for people suffering from seizures. In addition to decreasing the appetite, Qsymia can work by increasing the amount of energy used by the body or affecting certain parts of the brain.

How Much Weight Can You Lose With Qsymia?

In clinical studies, patients taking Qsymia for 56 weeks have lost an average of between 24 and 32 lbs. The specific amount of weight you lose will depend on your dosage, your starting weight, and for how long you take the medication.

How Soon Can I Expect to Lose Weight?

It will typically take several weeks to start experiencing significant weight loss while taking Qsymia in NYC, Long Island & New Jersey. In clinical studies, patients taking Qsymia had lost an average of 15 lbs after taking the medication for three months.

How Often Is Qsymia Taken?

Qsymia is meant to be taken once per day. Ideally, you should take the medication every morning with or without a meal.

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How Do I Take Qsymia?

Qsymia comes in the form of an extended-release capsule that is meant to be taken orally. While taking Qsymia, you should drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration or kidney stones.

Most patients taking Qsymia will start by taking one 3.75 mg/23 mg capsule each day for 14 days. After that, they will begin taking one 7.5 mg/46 mg capsule each day. After 12 weeks of taking Qsymia, your doctor may decide to increase your dose again depending on the results you've experienced.

Qsymia should be stored at room temperature and kept away from moisture and heat.

Is Qsymia Safe?

Qsymia is generally considered to be a safe medication as long as you use it properly and follow your doctor’s instructions. However, you should not take Qsymia if you:

  • Are currently pregnant or may become pregnant
  • Have glaucoma
  • Have overactive thyroid
  • Are allergic to phentermine or topiramate

Risks and Side Effects of Qsymia

Qsymia can cause certain side effects in some patients. The most common side effects of the medication include:

  • Joint pain
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Numbness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth

In rare cases, Qsymia may cause more serious side effects. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Unusual mood changes
  • Confusion
  • Trouble with speech or memory
  • Pounding heartbeat while resting
  • Seizures
  • Severe pain in your side or lower back

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