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Qsymia prescription diet pill reviews

After 13 years of not approving any weight loss aid, FDA has recently (in July 2012) approved new diet drug called Qsymia. It is believed that the drug itself will help obese patients lose up to 10% of their initial weight.

Who is Qsymia for?

Prescription diet pills usually have some kind of risk attached to them; that is why they are controlled substances and all patients need special prescription for these drugs.

It is not any different with Qsymia; in order to qualify for it, you need to have BMI of 30+ or BMI of 27+ with presence of a weight related condition (high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and such).

Pregnant women should NOT take Qsymia because the drug can harm the fetus. If a woman gets pregnant during the Qsymia therapy, she should stop taking Qsymia immediately.

Qsymia main ingredients

Two well-known ingredients are used inside Qsymia:

Phentermine – Appetite suppressant that has been on the market for long time. It was proven that Phentermine can help users lose weight when used in short term only. This ingredient is structurally similar to Amphetamines; it works by stimulating your nervous system, releasing large amounts of norepinephrine neurotransmitter. One of the effects of this process is suppression of appetite.

Topiramate – Ingredient used inside anti-seizure and migraine medications. It was discovered that one of the side effects of Topiramate was change in sensation of taste. So in essence, it is believed that by changing the taste of food, consumers will not want to eat much food and hence they will lose weight this way.


- Approved by FDA
- May help some people lose weight


- Contains synthetic ingredients
- Can cause dangerous side effects
- Not suitable for all people
- Can cause harm to fetus
- Originally denied for approval in 2010

Where to buy Qsymia?

As of July 2012, Qsymia is not yet available anywhere. When it becomes available, it will be dispensed only though specially accredited pharmacies, meaning it won't be available in the usual "mom and pop" pharmacies. It goes without a saying that you will first need a prescription for Qsymia. It will not be available for online purchase.


There are a few red flags when it comes to recommending Qsymia to anyone. First of all, the fact that Qsymia was originally denied is discouraging, and this happened in 2010. Manufacturers of Qsymia, Vivus Inc, are required to send descriptions of all the possible problems that could arise to physicians and doctors.

Next, many medical experts now agree that Qsymia has huge potential to be withdrawn from the market later on. Need we remind you, this has happened in the past (Fen-Phen was originally approved by FDA and then withdrawn from the market later on). The potential for side effects with Qsymia is rather large. Tingling in hands and feet, change in taste, insomnia, dry mouth, poor concentration, fast heart rate are just some of the side effects that people can expect with Qsymia.

This all being said, we advise all consumers to think twice before taking Qsymia. Weigh all the positive and negative sides and then decide if Qsymia is for you. Meanwhile take a look at some alternative non-prescription diet pills that we recommend.

Alternative diet pill to consider

Proactol Plus is fat binder that can successfully stop around 1/4 of the fat from foods that you eat. Proactol works by binding to part of those fats, and forming a fluid gel around them, making them too large to be absorbed by your body. Those undigested fats are then eliminated naturally out of your body, via bowel movement process.

More about Proactol here