Having just received the FDA’s stamp of approval, Qsymia is the most effective weight-loss drug currently on the market.
However, would-be dieters should tune out the hype and take a careful look at some of the side effects before running out to get a prescription.
This article examines some of the health risks associated with Qsymia and argues that this pill can actually do you more harm than good.
Many people are very excited about the FDA’s recent approval of a weight-loss drug called Qsymia, and at first glance, it’s easy to see why.
The most effective weight-loss drug currently on the market, Qsymia works by suppressing the appetite, making it easier for you to stick to your diet because you feel less hungry.
If you are one of the 67% of adults in the US who are overweight or obese, a pill like this might sound like a dream come true.
Can I Buy Qsymia Online – and Where?
After I searched for this product in the major search engine, we didn’t find Qsyma for sale. It probably is not available to purchase in the US and UK markets.
But are the benefits worth the risks?
A closer look at the fine print of Qsymia’s clinical trials suggests that this is one pill you should pass up.
First, you should understand what exactly you would be putting in your body. Qsymia is a blend of two existing drugs that work together to curb hunger and decrease the pleasure that you get from food.
The first, topiramate is an anticonvulsant used primarily to treat epilepsy. The second is phentermine, an appetite suppressant and the “phen” in the infamous fen-phen weight loss drug combination.
Fen-phen got pulled off the market in 1997 for causing potentially fatal damage to the heart valves and lungs.
During clinical trials, Qsymia was linked to a host of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary hypertension.
Four of the patients in clinical testing suffered heart attacks while taking Qsymia, compared to none of the patients who were given a placebo.
Other side effects include an increased risk of glaucoma and kidney stones. The risk of bird defects resulting from Qsymia is so high that women are required to test negative for pregnancy before they can get a prescription, and must continue to take birth control pills along with the drug.
In addition to the physical toll it can take on your body, Qsymia can also cause cognitive and psychological dysfunction.
Patients taking Qsymia reported confusion, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating.
Some patients also experienced anxiety, depression, and an increase in suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Still, Qsymia has the stamp of FDA approval. That must mean it’s safe, right? Not exactly.
In 2010, the FDA rejected the same weight loss drug, then called Qnexa, due to the extreme risks it posed to patients’ health.
So what’s changed between then and now? Nothing except the medication’s name.