Osymia, A Magic Pill For Weight Loss?
Osymia is prescription drug that was approved recently by FDA for obese patients whose weight loss could not be achieved by life style changes or surgery. Osymia is a combination drug of Phentermine (a powerful stimulant and appetite suppressant) and Topirimate (an agent which makes you feel full after a small meal) and it is on the shelves in most pharmacies in the US. It costs about $200 a month. The FDA’s rationale to release Osymia as the treatment for the obese population with prescriptions such as Qsymia, is it will save obesity-associated medical costs which far exceeds the treatment of obesity. By the latest estimation the savings could be as much as $5,000 per patient with an aggregate of savings of billions of dollars in the US. What makes Qsymia a better choice than Phentermine and Topirimate alone is that Qsymia works “much better”. On an average, studies have shown Qsymia reduces weight by 20 lb in a year.
Would-be users beware, Qsymia is not for everyone. A dangerous drug interaction could lead to serious side-effects. Qsymia is habit-forming and cannot be used if you are pregnant. Many patients stopped taking Qsymia because of side-effects such as insomnia, dizziness, extremity tingling, etc. Generally, Qsymia is recommended for obese patients with a BMI over 30 although patients with BMI around 27 who is both diabetic and hypertensive can be prescribed this medication. Generally speaking, a BMI over 25 is considered as over weight. Refer to previous articles about the significance of BMI and how to calculate your BMI. Pregnancy-free test must be done before starting this medication. A thorough physical evaluation is required in order to receive Qsymia.
Reference: Pharmacist’s letter and Qsymia website
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The following is from Qsymia website. For more information read http://www.qsymia.com/
Qsymia should be used together with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index (BMI) of:
- 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese) or
- 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related medical condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol
Limitations of Use:
- It is not known if Qsymia changes your risk of heart problems or stroke or of death due to heart problems or stroke
- It is not known if Qsymia is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight loss products
- It is not known if Qsymia is safe and effective in children under 18 years old
Brought to you by:Charles Liu,
DDP Staff Writer.
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