Qsymia Offers a New Approach to Weight Loss

Qsymia medical weight loss dallasThe obesity epidemic in our country is significant. Recent statistics show that two thirds of adults in America are either overweight or obese and one third of school children are overweight or obese. The cost to our healthcare system is impacted enormously by this.

Physicians now have a new option to help with fighting obesity: Qsymia. The first FDA-approved medication in 13 years for the treatment of obesity, Qsymia is a combination of phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine (also known as Fastin and Adipex) has been available for many years and is commonly prescribed. Topiramate (Topamax) is used off label for weight loss as it was originally FDA-approved for seizures and also for migraine prophylaxis.

Qsymia is not the same as just taking phentermine and topiramate together. The dosing is much different and done to minimize the side effects of both medications while obtaining optimal control over appetite. The phentermine is released immediately to begin to help curb hunger and the topiramate is released later to cover cravings that occur later in the day. There are four doses to allow for titrating the medication slowly to optimal doses.

Potential side effects of this medication include dry mouth, constipation, insomnia or difficulty sleeping, dizziness, paraesthesias (tingling sensations in the extremities) and an altered sense of taste. Topiramate has also been associated with an increased risk for cleft lip/palate which occurs very early in pregnancy. It is therefore essential to use adequate birth control when taking this medication and monthly pregnancy tests are required in all women who could potentially be child bearing.

The studies with Qsymia have shown significant sustained weight loss over more than 10% over a two year time period. Qsymia is also approved for long term use unlike other FDA approved medications for obesity.

Let us help you take control of your weight issues with our physician supervised program which I personally monitor. We offer customized programs based upon your metabolism and body composition. We will start by performing a comprehensive evaluation and body composition analysis. Then we can discuss the best option to help you not just lose the weight, but to be successful at keeping it off!

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