Qsymia is a combination of two medications: phentermine and topiramate. The two drugs work together to suppress appetite and reduce your food intake. Qsymia can be prescribed for adults who have a body mass index (BMI) over 30 or who have a BMI of 27 and higher, but who also have a weight-related condition such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Patients who take this diet medication should also follow a healthy eating and exercise program.
Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. You may take Qsymia with or without food. The recommended dose is one capsule of the lowest dose orally once a day in the morning for the first 14 days.
Do not use Qsymia if you are pregnant as this medicine may cause birth defects. Qsymia should not be taken by people who only have a few pounds to lose. Ketogenic or "ketosis" diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates can increase the risk of kidney stones. Avoid the use of such diets while you are taking this medicine. This medicine may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly. Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.
You should not take Qsymia if you are allergic to phentermine (Adipex-P, Oby-Cap, Suprenza, T-Diet, Zantryl) or topiramate (Topamax), or if you have glaucoma or overactive thyroid. Before you take Qsymia, tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, low blood levels of potassium, or if you have had a heart attack or stroke in the past 6 months.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are dizziness, constipation, numbness or tingly feeling, sleep problems (insomnia), dry mouth or changes in your sense of taste. Call your doctor at once if you have: pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest (even if you are resting); sudden vision problems, sometimes with eye pain or redness; trouble concentrating, problems with speech or memory; a seizure; feeling very thirsty or hot, decreased sweating, hot and dry skin; signs of metabolic acidosis (e.g., confusion, vomiting, lack of energy, irregular heartbeats) or signs of a kidney stone.
Be extra carefully and let your doctor know if you take acetazolamide, methazolamide, zonisamide, valproic acid or divalproex sodium (Depakene or Depakote), birth control pills, a diuretic or "water pill."
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. Overdose symptoms may include confusion, hallucinations, panic, tremors, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, seizure (convulsions), and restless feeling followed by severe tiredness.
Store Qsymia at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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