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Weight Loss Pill Qsymia is Approved by the FDA

Safe Diet PillsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the new weight loss pill Qsymia, an appetite suppressant that combines two drugs previously available on the market. Manufactured by Vivus Inc., Qsymia is approved for use by people who are overweight and obese, and also exhibit at least one other weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

An expert panel convened by the FDA in February 2012 voted 20-2 to recommend that Qsymia be approved for the drug market. Previously, in 2010, the drug (then known as Qnexa) had been rejected by the FDA due to concerns of heart-related side effects, such as cardiac arrhythmia and stroke.

Is taking Qsymia the easiest way to lose weight?

One of the ingredients of weight loss pill Qsymia is phentermine, which was also used in Fen-Phen, or fenfluramine, a drug manufactured by Wyeth that was recalled from the market in 1997 after a high percentage of users developed serious heart valve injury. Wyeth ended up paying out over $13 billion in settlements to tens of thousands of lawsuit plaintiffs due to Fen-Phen’s side effects.

Phentermine is an amphetamine that speeds the metabolism. Topiramate is an anti-siezure and migraine medication that gives users a feeling of satiety and fullness, presumably resulting in less caloric intake.

Data from tests reviewed by the FDA as part of the approval process indicates that the average person who uses Qsymia loses between 7% to 9% of their total body weight in one year. Qsymia is the second diet drug to be approved by the FDA in as many months. The other, Belviq, was linked to an average loss of 5% total body weight in a year.

Are diet pills like Qsymia safe?

Although many in the medical community have been pushing for the FDA to approve weight loss pills to help battle the escalating epidemic of obesity in the U.S. (an estimated 33% of American adults are obese), many physicians are taking a wait-and-see attitude towards weight loss drugs like Qsymia, Belviq, and other appetite auppressants.

“I’m not convinced that Qsymia (Qnexa) alone without physician counseling will be a good solution to weight problems,” says Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and chief medical officer for The Center For Medical Weight Loss. “However, Qsymia combined with professional physician counseling could be a great option for doctors to have at their disposal to help their obese patients.”

The Center for Medical Weight Loss is the largest group of non-surgical weight loss physicians in the U.S. Doctors at the centers take an individualized approach to weight loss, crafting a unique diet and exercise program for each patient, based on their health history, metabolism, body index, and weight loss goals.

“We often prescribe phentermine to help control appetite as part of an overall program,” says Dr. Kaplan about the potential benefits of weight loss pill Qsymia. “For some people, it really helps. Topiramate slows brain activity and theoretically should help with food cravings. In combination with phentermine it should lead to an increase in energy, which is exactly what you want while losing weight.”

Are weight loss drugs the solution to fast weight loss?

Many overweight people have struggled with a series of diets in the past, and are eager to know how to lose weight fast without sacrificing safety — and how to maintain their weight loss permanently after first shedding the pounds. Physician-supervised diet plans have been proven in scientific studies to achieve high rates of weight loss success. For instance, patients following the doctor-directed program at The Center For Medical Weight Loss achieved, on average, a loss of 11.1% of their body weight in only 12 weeks, which is far more than can be achieved by using weight loss pills such as Qsymia alone.

The Center For Medical Weight Loss operates 450 locations nationwide. See people who have successfully lost weight, and then use the zip code search box above to find out if there is one in your vicinity. Special introductory offers are available at many locations.