Learn About Osymia, A Magic Pill For Weight Loss?

Osymia, A Magic Pill For Weight Loss?

Qysymia-bottles_620x350Osymia 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

We recommend that you down-load the 90 day diabetes calendar from our website and show it to you physician,  make record and present to your physician for a better outcome when taking Qsymia. Read the latest release about ways to lose weight titled “AARP New American Diet: Lose Weight, Live Longer ” by John Whyte, MD

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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