You guys know that I talk occasionally about dieting and weight loss surgery. Originally dubbed Qnexa, Qsymia is basically Fen-Phen in my opinion and we all remember how that went down.
Below are my objections to this drug from a year ago:
10 Reasons Qnexa Is Just As Bad As Gastric Bypass Surgery to Fight Obesity
- Birth defects
- Heart problems
- Cleft lip
- Memory loss
- The drug was previously rejected – 2010
- The link to fenphen
- Side effects could get worse over time
- Lack of concentration
- Regaining weight after discontinuing use
Qsymia is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because it contains phentermine and can be abused or lead to drug dependence.
Fast forward to today and the Qysmia website lists these side effects;
Qsymia can cause serious side effects, including:
Birth defects (cleft lip/cleft palate). If you take Qsymia during pregnancy, your baby has a higher risk for birth defects called cleft lip and cleft palate. These defects can begin early in pregnancy, even before you know you are pregnant. Women who are pregnant must not take Qsymia. Women who can become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test before taking Qsymia and every month while taking Qsymia and use effective birth control (contraception) consistently while taking Qsymia. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to prevent pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking Qsymia, stop taking Qsymia immediately, and tell your healthcare provider right away. Healthcare providers and patients should report all cases of pregnancy to FDA MedWatch at1-800-FDA-1088, and the Qsymia Pregnancy Surveillance Program at 1-888-998-4887.
Increases in heart rate. Qsymia can increase your heart rate at rest. Your healthcare provider should check your heart rate while you take Qsymia. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience, while at rest, a racing or pounding feeling in your chest lasting several minutes when taking Qsymia.
Suicidal thoughts or actions. Topiramate, an ingredient in Qsymia, may cause you to have suicidal thoughts or actions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you: thoughts about suicide or dying; attempts to commit suicide; new or worse depression; new or worse anxiety; feeling agitated or restless; panic attacks; trouble sleeping (insomnia); new or worse irritability; acting aggressive, being angry, or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; an extreme increase in activity or talking (mania); other unusual changes in behavior or mood.
Serious eye problems, which include any sudden decrease in vision, with or without eye pain and redness or a blockage of fluid in the eye causing increased pressure in the eye (secondary angle closure glaucoma). These problems can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new eye symptoms.
Ummm, cleft lip, suicidal thoughts, serious eye problems? I don’t know about you but if this is the result of taking Qsymia then I will just have to stay fat and continue my regular exercise and nutrition routine. I do not see anything positive at all about taking this particular drug.