Qsymia for Medical Weight Loss
During medical weight loss, Dr. Scinta may prescribe weight loss medication in addition to a meal replacement program, other dietary changes and physical activity routines. In 2013 a new medication called Qsymia was approved for use in the United States. Qsymia is an FDA-approved medication that combines two existing medications to promote weight loss.
How does Qsymia Work for Medical Weight Loss?
Qsymia uses a combination of two medications:
Both drugs are used to control and suppress your appetite by affecting chemicals, like serotonin, in your brain. Phentermine is an immediate response whereas the Topiramate works throughout the day. The combination of the two drugs helps to reduce your levels of hunger and promote weight loss more effectively than diet and exercise alone, with an average weight loss of about 5% to 8.9% of excess bodyweight in clinical trials.
Taking Qsymia for Medical Weight Loss
Qsymia is recommended at the discretion of your doctor if you are overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or greater with the addition of one weight related disorder, such as hypertension or type 2 diabetes. It may also be recommended if you are obese with a BMI of 30 or greater and have struggled with weight loss in the past. It is meant to be used in conjunction with a low-calorie diet and a regular exercise routine.
If you are prescribed Qsymia as part of your medical weight loss program, it is beneficial to work closely with your doctor to make sure that you are incorporating the appropriate lifestyle changes along with your new medication. Qsymia can be a beneficial aid in weight loss, but you want to ensure that your weight loss provides lasting results. The way to do this is through dedication to long-term lifestyle changes for your overall health and wellness.
Possible Side Effects of Qsymia:
- Mood changes (depression)
- Concentration and memory difficulties
- Increased heart rate
- Kidney stones
While there is a possibility of certain side effects while on Qsymia, you can reduce your chances of developing any of these by making sure you are talking the proper dosage and working closely with your weight loss doctor.
During medical weight loss, you may need additional help to lose weight effectively. This is where Qsymia may come in. Qsymia is not a “quick-fix” to your weight loss needs, but it can aid in your weight loss program if taken appropriately.