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04-05-2013, 10:22 AM
Hi - my daughter works in a doctor's office and just told me about Qsymia - she wants me to ask my doctor about it.

Does anyone here take it? If so, could you share your experience....


04-05-2013, 10:48 AM
Hi - my daughter works in a doctor's office and just told me about Qsymia - she wants me to ask my doctor about it.

Does anyone here take it? If so, could you share your experience....


I had to google this, as I'd never heard of it.

One thing that really stood out on the website was the statement "the exact way in which Qsymia works is not known"

Things that make you go "hummmm...."

04-07-2013, 02:44 PM
OK. Qsymia is a new weight loss drug, made out of 2 drugs that are not new at all. It is composed of Phentermine - a mild amphetamine appetite suppressant, and Topiramate which has been used for migraines but has some appetite suppressant effects also.
I tried it. Qsymia you can only get by mail with a Dr's prescription. My Dr. had never heard of it when I asked him if I could give it a try. BTW it is hugely expensive. I asked my Dr. if he would be willing to give me a prescription for the 2 components - Phentermine and Topiramate. In the same strength as Qsymia. And ONLY for seven days. He did.

My review: Didn't do a thing for me. On day 5 I even doubled both pills. Didn't do a thing. I found nothing on the Qsymia website that suggests it takes days and days to become effective. In fact if you read carefully there, you will always notice they say Qsymia "may" lower your appetite. Qsymia "may" help you lose weight. Well, if you word it that way - you could say the same thing about banana peels. Also, look at their studies regarding it's weight loss results. The average weight loss in a year was a whopping 10%, at best, of the participant's body weight. At least for those who found it effective. Big deal. Do the math. Had I read up on their website, I doubt I would have even given this a shot.
So, even had it worked for me, the proven benefit of Qsymia is quite unimpressive. Sorry if I disappoint anyone. But I wanted to share my experience.

04-07-2013, 10:51 PM
Thanks for sharing ladies. I asked my doctor about it - he hadn't heard of it, and he went on to say he doesn't believe in diet pills - doesn't believe they're the solution to the problem.

I do have an appointment with a nutritionist on Wednesday, so I'll keep plugging away - hopefully the nutritionist will give me a jump start and get me moving again. I feel like I've stalled and need a kick in the pants.

04-07-2013, 11:31 PM
Very Interesting. My doctor prescribed it for me and I started taking it on Thursday (today is Sunday) so I've had 4 days. I was all prepared to be nervous, shaky and not able to sleep. Didn't happen. Appetite controlled? Maybe?/maybe not. I was looking on the web to see if anyone anywhere talked about having good results, but so far haven't found any. I will take the whole month's worth, but I'm not sure I will spend another $160.00 if things don't pick up.

04-12-2013, 03:41 PM
Very Interesting. My doctor prescribed it for me and I started taking it on Thursday (today is Sunday) so I've had 4 days. I was all prepared to be nervous, shaky and not able to sleep. Didn't happen. Appetite controlled? Maybe?/maybe not. I was looking on the web to see if anyone anywhere talked about having good results, but so far haven't found any. I will take the whole month's worth, but I'm not sure I will spend another $160.00 if things don't pick up.

So I'm curious. You've been on it for over a week now. What's your verdict? Yay or Nay?

04-16-2013, 11:18 AM
Ageoldie what dose are you taking?

04-20-2013, 02:45 PM
Ageoldie what dose are you taking?

No replies from ageoldie. I guess it didn't work for her either. :(

05-14-2013, 03:01 PM
Sorry, I've now been on it for 6 weeks. I've lost 15 pounds. I has kept me from eating as much as normal at mealtimes, but it has not kept me from getting hungry between meals. I debated on whether or not to reorder the second month, but decided to give it the full try. I still do not feel I've had any of the mentioned side effects. I am on the regular dose, I have not gone up to a higher dose. I don't remember what that is. Could I have done the same without taking the pills? Maybe? But it definitely is not the "wonder drug" I was hoping for.

05-30-2013, 09:57 PM
I've given this a fair chance having taken it since March. While I've lost weight I don't think this drug has had anything to do with it. I'm on the second highest dose. No side effects. No real help with appetite. Plus it's very expensive and hard to refill. I'm counting calories and trying to get more exercise.

06-15-2013, 05:40 PM
Hello my brother who is 372lbs started taking this just over two weeks ago. He started with 3.75 dosage had the two weeks free. He has lost 15 lbs. I have just started this today 06/15/2013.
I am 318 lbs.
I will keep you posted. We are both watching our Carb intake and trying to keep it 300 grams or under. We are eating high protein with veg.

We have both gone to the doctors and had blood work done. I have nothing wrong, low blood pressure, normal chol, little low on good chol. 101 sugar etc. go figure at my weight.
I will be walking BUT I will be luck to go to end of driveway and back to start.

I will keep you posted.

I used the coupon on the Qsymia site and two weeks free and 30 day 7.5 dose $75.00. I felt it was cheap considering everything I have tried before.

06-16-2013, 12:10 AM
There is no magic pill. And anything that contains, Phentermine, is not good, long term for your heart.

The best thing you can do is slow down, be patient, and adopt a more healthy lifestyle food and exercise wise.

Eat healthy most of the time, for loss and maintaining. Exercise for fitness and to feel good, and now and then, have some ice cream or a burger or cake!

06-20-2013, 12:08 PM
I have been taking qsymia for a few weeks and have lost about 4 pounds a week. I started at 249 and I am down to 230. I have been doing a 1200-1300 calorie diabetic diet per a dietitian for pre-diabetes, but qsymia makes it doable. I am using My Fitness Pal to keep track of everything I eat and I have not been hungry. I am sooo not happy about the cost, though. I have a terrible sweet/carb tooth and have not had a problem. Once I was able to come of of that it hasn't been a problem. The qsymia gives dark colored sodas a yucky taste which is fine with me - don't need the empty calories anyway. I drink water and sometimes water with mio. The first $75 wasn't so bad, but I am dragging my feet refilling.

Yes, there is phentermine, but a very, very small amount. There are side effects to every medication you take. Look at the pamphlet you receive for any given prescription you get from a pharmacy. For me, the benefits outweigh the risks of being morbidly obese for the rest of my life. I have tried them all - weight watchers, shots, low calorie, gym, you name it. This one is FDA approved.

06-22-2013, 01:09 PM
Okay, I gave it a fair shot. I was on it for 3 months. Yes I lost weight, but only 13 pounds in three months. I do not think the drug played a big part in it. After discussing it again with my doctor at my 3 month checkup, I decided to quit the pills and try this three months on my own. The pills were too expensive to not be able to see a real difference.

08-23-2013, 11:10 PM
Yes! But Qsymia is not something I can afford but my doctor agreed I could try Topiramate and Phentermine instead. I have been on these meds for exactly 7 days today and I have lost 7.6 pounds as of this morning. :] I have noticed some side effects like tingling hands and sometimes feet, now less and less I get the mental foginess, mild dry mouth and mild insomnia. I have also noticed anything carbonated tastes flat and anything over sugary or sweet tastes just straight up nasty. I just don't think about food 24/7 or crave anything anymore. I could care less about those doughnuts a co-worker brought in, that ice cream in the freezer and those seconds at dinner time. For me, personally, I think it is wonderful. I can handle the side effects as I find them fairly mild, and I can handle it. So in my life, TOTALLY WORTH IT :] You just gotta weigh the risks and such and work with a doctor! I worked very closely with mine on this, and we did blood tests and things before he even considered me a candidate to try these meds.

01-26-2014, 04:59 PM
I've tried Phentermine on it's own. It definitely curbed my appetite, but if there was food I could still eat so there was still a conscious effort to count calories, portions and eat healthier foods. No magic pill, still have to put the work into it for it to work, but it did help a bit. I think it did help me get back in control.

Not sure about that other ingredient, but if it's an appetite suppressant same thing applies.

02-10-2014, 12:06 PM
Hi Ladies. I'm new to this thread but have been reading your posts. I see my doctor and am going to try to get her to prescribe. She will take some convincing. Since my BMI is (only) 29.5 and not the required 30.0 to qualify. I'll ask her if I go home and gain 5 lbs and come back, then will she write the prescrip then?

I wonder what happened (Ageoldie) after you went off the meds? Did you continue loosing? Or maintain? or ???

02-14-2014, 04:38 PM
Saw my Doctor today. Even though my BMI was (Only) 30, she agreed to let try it for 6 weeks. I am SO excited! I will pick up my script today - AND - take my BEFORE picture. Day 1 starts tomorrow

04-22-2014, 12:01 AM
I took Qysmia for two weeks and lost 9 pounds. I was not hungry, and it gave me some perspective on food choices that stayed with me after I took myself off the medication. I was able to continue to lose weight, because Qysmia made no foods more or less appealing than others. I stayed on the introductory dose, never moved to a greater dosage. For obesity, I recommend staying on Qysmia. It changed my mindset about food. And, yes, it is very expensive. But, I saved in my grocery bill.

06-16-2014, 02:22 PM
When we first moved back to the US from the Netherlands I started gaining weight. At first I didn't pay much attention. I figured it was because I was out of my rhythm due to moving and irregular eating patterns. However, once we settled in I kept gaining weight.

I am a certified fitness instructor. I was working out at the gym 5 to 6 days/week, for 1.5 to 2 hour each day and still gaining weight. Once I got a part-time job and was only going to the gym 2 or 3 times/week, it got worse.

Now I know for a fact that exercise has little to no effect on weight loss, regardless of what anyone will tell you. I was at my lowest weight when I broke my leg and couldn't exercise for 6 months.

Food intake has the most direct effect on weight.

But I wasn't eating more that I was eating in the Netherlands. So I went to the doctor. He thought it was thyroid related and put me on thyroid meds. I kept gaining weight. He referred me to an endocrinologist who SAVED MY LIFE. She happens to be Russian, and coming from Europe she explained that US foods add sugar as a preservative. So even one slice of bread here in the US can have DOUBLE the calories of one slice of bread in the Netherlands.

Don't believe me? Read the ingredients on ANY bread package in the supermarket. What is the first ingredient? Not wheat. FRUCTOSE. Some of the better brands may have it second or third, but why is it there at all? Almost every food in the supermarket is like this.

Cut to the chase...

I had to become a lot more aware of what I was eating, but she also put me on medication to (1) boost my metabolism and (2) curb my carb cravings, so I could start losing weight. The medication is QSYMIA. It doesn't work for everyone, and has to be monitored VERY closely as it can have serious side effects.

I lost 40 lbs in about 6 months. (Went from 222-182)

Another big help is either joining Weight Watchers or downloading the free app LoseIt.
Weight loss tricks:
Stop drinking carbonated beverages, even club soda. When you drink carbonated beverages they stimulate the receptors in your digestive system so that when you eat food, you absorb more fat, and less fat gets excreted.

You can also aid in fat excretion by mixing wheat bran (not wheat germ) in with your yogurt or smoothie. Just a tablespoon or two.

If you want to hear more about it, feel free to email.

09-03-2014, 09:03 PM
My PCP recently prescribed Qsymia for me. She said there are a lot of hoops to jump through with insurance and attempting to get coverage if any. So that was 3 weeks ago, I have to do monthly pregnancy test which is no bug deal, but the company it comes from is just not very organized! I get automated messages saying we have received your script there is nothing you need to do then next day phone message saying I have to call back right away, so I do and the tell me the need more information from the doctor, I ask what and the person tells me I need to call my provider and have them call their number?? More automated messages left on my VM then message that the are missing the script, then they don't have my prescription benefit infoRmation? Ugh, getting so frustrated, so I am wondering if all this hassle is even worth it? Has anyone had experience with Qsymia? I read some of the old threads on this topic but did not see any recent or current ones. I am also set up for a WLS consult in a few weeks to review options, so maybe I should just wait until after that. ;(

09-12-2014, 05:07 PM
Just started today. I was given a card for the first two weeks free. My insurance requires pre authorization to fill the next month. My doctor will sign but I am hoping my insurance will accept.

09-27-2014, 02:35 AM
The number of posts from people with one and only one post in this thread is extremely suspicious.


10-02-2014, 11:19 AM
I took this at the beginning of this year and ended up getting off of it because of the side effects it gave me. Did it help me lose weight? A little for the first month I took it but I couldn't handle the side effects. It caused my feet to tingle and hurt constantly, reminded me of what can happen if you are diabetic, it would hurt so bad it would wake me up at night. It also made me light headed and tired. I would say I don't recommend it but everyone is different on how they react to stuff.

10-02-2014, 02:14 PM
The number of posts from people with one and only one post in this thread is extremely suspicious.


My insurance wouldn't cover it.

I took a sample dose for 2 weeks. It did cut my appetite. I was losing on my own before and am after. I have raised my calorie goal. 1200 was too low for me personally to sustain long term once I was off of it.

It gave me terrible dry mouth.

Someone commented that I seemed more energetic and upbeat which was probably because I was on a stimulant.

10-31-2014, 08:40 AM
Topamax is the brand name of topiramate. It is an anti-convulsant drug first used in epileptics then later for migraine headaches. Tingling hands and feet, flat tasting drinks, mental fogginess are a few of it minor side effects. You do not take yourself off without the doctor's help with higher doses because of the incidence of bladder stones, not fun. I took Topamax years ago for migraines which it did help tremendously and lost a lot of weight however the medicine kept me in a state of stupidity. On one forum when investigating what other people experienced, I came across the dub for this med was "Stupidmax". So true, be careful taking this medicine.