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User Reviews for Phentermine / topiramate

Also known as: Qsymia

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Phentermine/topiramate Rating Summary

7.3/10 Average Rating

262 Ratings with 253 User Reviews

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "You may lose weight, but you will probably lose your mind, too. This stuff gave me the worst ADD and confusion. I was constantly like, "What was I doing? Where did I put that? What was I saying?" I mean, it was BAD!! And the longer I took it the worse it got! And the headaches and irritability, the racing racing heart, shortness of breath, the blurred vision, it's just awful!! Sure I lost 10 pounds in 11 days, but I felt like I was going to absolutely die. So I took a break for a couple of weeks and thought I would try it again. A week into it was the same exact scenario. And exercise? How? My heart already feels like it is going to explode when I'm just sitting around! This stuff is toxic. A gastric bypass would be healthier!!"

   
3.0

MRN May 19, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have been taking Qysmia for 3 months now. My starting weight was 324. For the first month I hardly worked out and lost 10 pounds in that one month. During month 2 I decided to change my eating habits and exercise. I joined a women's Bootcamp and workout 3 to 5 days a week. As of today I'm down to 283. Still trying to drop another 50 before the year is over. I continue to take because it helps with my appetite however, I'm on the 11.25 dosage I'm going to start to decrease until I can come off. After the first month I didn't experience anymore side effects. I had the dry mouth and irritability bad, I was also forgetting alot of things but that seem to get better over time. Now I just drink lots of water, eat healthier, and worko"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 18, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started Qsymia weighing in at 265 in December. First 2 weeks I lost 9lbs. The following two months I was losing 10bs a month. The next month, nothing. This month, did a lot of traveling but made an extra effort to exercise on the road. So was able to lose 4. My eating habits really haven't changed since I already eat pretty healthy, except the occasional splurge. I have added a little more exercise. I have noticed that when I'm out to dinner, I can actually just stop eating and box up my meal instead of shoving it all in. So I have more self control. Side effects: dry mouth, insomnia. That's it. So far I'm down 40lbs and before I was barely fitting in a size 20 and now I can fit in a 14. I'm very happy."

   
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WenBon (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 13, 2016

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"I started phentermine 15mg back in March 2016 and lost prob a total of 4lbs with no effort. I started the topiramax 25mg yesterday 5.11.16. Start out weight on phentermine was 298. Starting weight of topiramax is 294. I am 5'6". Doc up'd the phentermine to 30mg and after two weeks of taking the topiramax he wants me to up that to 50mg. I have PCOS so losing weight has been extremely hard. I will update after my 6 week doc appointment!"

trich9311 May 12, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started this medication 4/20/16 at 5'1'' 237lbs after going over all options with my Endocrinologist. This website had me really terrified honestly with some of the side effects but I had to take the chance. Started at the lowest dose for the 2 week trial, Qsymia had a free 14 day trial. Rare side effects: headaches, tingly hands and feet, irritability outside my normal b*tchiness once lol blurred vision once when I was very tired. While I'm very overweight, I've never had much an appetite so that did not change. The kind of food I've been eating while on Qsymia has definitely changed though, all healthy, ONLY water, no food after 6pm. I have not been exercising, upped dose 5/4 same minimal side effects, down 13lbs in 20 days."

   
10

JezebelK (taken for less than 1 month) May 11, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I'm coming to the end of one year on this medication. It has worked very well for me, causing almost a 50 pound weight loss. I went from the initial low 3+ mg dose to a 11.25 mg. Some things I noticed while taking this medication: *High irritability/moodiness/depression for the first 2-3 days after increasing doses (I'm also on Citalopram) *I've lost this weight without having to change my diet or add exercise. It has simply decreased my appetite. *Now that I'm stepping down the dosage, I'm experiencing high levels of hunger and am gaining roughly five pounds per week (consistent for the past 2-3 weeks)"

   
8.0

QsymiaUser (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 7, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "First day...first day I felt the side effects. At first, I was ok. As the day went by, my eyes felt dry. Then my left arm and legs felt numb. I got real hot and anxious. Come 9:30p, my eyes and top of my head had such pressure. Not to mention I was ravenous all day."

   
1.0

The first day of the year 123 May 4, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Although Qsymia was very effective in helping me curb my appetite and helped me lose weight - lost about 20 lbs in about 5 - it was slow, but was losing and that was great because I wasn't gaining. Problem is if you don't ultimately change your overall eating habits and unless you want to stay on Qsymia forever - at $130/month - or more - depending on your insurance and any discounts that might be available - you will gain your weight back. Personally, I don't want another "temporary" fix....and I don't want to pay $130 +/month to manage my weight....I need to change my mind set....it's all in your mind - if you keep the focus and you want to lose weight you will....that's what I'm telling myself....I need to focus!"

   
6.0

bumpkin April 22, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "After 12 weeks on Qsymia I have lost 20 pounds. Qsymia is NOT a magic diet pill, it will not burn your carbs, or make you change your eating habits, it does ONE thing and one thing only- it will KILL your appetite. My appetite monster on any given day during Qsymia is killed 70-85%. My weight loss has been slow but steady as I realized that my weight loss was 100% dependent on what I SHOVE in my mouth on any given day. I started taking the drug in early February (during flu season) and craved a lot of hot salty soups and comfort foods as I battled several colds and virus's. My weight loss was very slow during that period. You MUST drop your carbs, and boost your protein intake to loose weight. I drink a big fat protein shake every morning."

   
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Tahoemama April 21, 2016

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"My doctor prescribe this for me April 19 2016 he said I have got to get this weight off.I started taking it that day the next morning I loss 3 pounds this morning April. 21 I didn't lose anything., but I did eat 2 doughnuts yesterday."

Pne April 21, 2016

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"Started phentermine March 2016 37.5 mg. One x a day. As of April 15 no change in weight with change in eating pattern of reduction in amounts. Started the topiramate as a mood stabilizer late march 25 mg titrating to 100 mg daily. So the combination of the two together for the two weeks the 37.5/100 has seen no weight loss effect. Very disappointed. Had read good things about the topiramate alone and then about the combination of the phentermine topiramate. I eat almost no sugar, do not drink pop, eat red meat, or consume outlandish amount of calories. The weight should be falling off."

   
6.0

dayndra April 17, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I went on Q in Feb of 2015 for exactly one month, not a day less. At 5'7 and 173 lbs my Dr needed a pretty serious justification to cut me a prescription but since I suffer with chronic back pain she relented. I'm a 37 year old woman who loves to eat and definitely doesn't work out enough. In a month on Q, I lost close to 15lbs without pretty much any effort. Now comes the reality check: in the next year, I gained it all back. Every.single.pound. I didn't have terrible side effects while on Q, but I did experience chest pains towards the end. So, the lesson here is quite works but you have to do your part. Now, a year later, I got another prescription and I hope this time I will lose the weight and manage to keep it off for good."

   
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Now q-see me, now you dont April 16, 2016

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"So far losing weight. Been on the meds 2 weeks. Vision is off a bit, thoughts are scattered a bit. Kind of hard to focus completely. Not to the point that is not worth it yet as weight loss is significant. But if it gets worse may reconsider."

   
7.0

Brendab1911 April 8, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Started Qsymiaa year ago Feburary, only side affect was the dry mouth that comes and goes! My weight was159 and I'm under 5 feet, which in some case it's considered obesit, I thought I carried it well but it was the heaviest I had ever been. My first two weeks I was down 12 lbs, and as of now I'm 135, and although I still want to shed a least 5 more, I love Qsymiaa, but my insurance has decided there no longer going to cover it, I'm only take it as maintenance drug now 1 every other day, and the weight loss has slowed down I don't want to not be able to get it."

Tee1967 April 3, 2016

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"I have been on 25mg 2x a day for a month now for weight control and as a mood stabilizer. When I started I weighed 235lbs and I am 5' and I have lost 11lbs. It makes it so I just don't want to eat as much. I feel full very quickly. I get thirsty very fast so I keep drinking a lot of water but that isn't a change for me. I have noticed that my feet and hands go numb but it is worth the weight loss. My vision is blurred a bit even with my glasses but nothing terrible. I'm hoping to keep going and continue with my weight loss."

   
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Toance (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 2, 2016

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"I'm 47 and seem to not be able to move the scale to lose the last 15 pounds. My doctor suggested trying this combo, she said it was cheaper to buy it separate than buying the pill that has both combined. I use the goodrx app on my iphone and each prescription ran me about $10. This is only my 2nd day. I couldn't sleep last night and have had a headache and diarrhea today. I don't know if it's the med or if I just picked up a bug. I had no desire for food last night. I don't drink coke but had one today because I felt bad and couldn't drink it, it tasted funny. I'm going to give it a week."

   
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Lola12345 March 31, 2016

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"Gained 90 pounds with first kid, and lost half of it. I'm older now and it's harder to lose weight. I'm active and love the outdoors, go to gym 3-4 times a week. No matter what I did, I couldn't keep weight steady. I'm petite 5"2", 211, highest I've ever been. Had ankle reconstruction, elbow, and hand surgery 4 months ago, so I've been in very active. Doctor tells me I'm prediabetic, so that's why I went to Diet Clinic. Started a daily 1000 calorie intake last week,Topirimate last night and Phentermine 37.5 this morning. So far, the side affects are dry mouth,increased heart rate and frequent urination from drinking a lot of water. I will return in couple weeks with updates. Costco is $20.00 for 37.5 mg phentermine, out of pocket."

GRANDMA0404 (taken for less than 1 month) March 25, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Been taking it sense November 2015 it's now March 2016 I've lost 39 pounds I think the meds are very effective but I have experienced tingling in my fingers & toes also dry mouth but nothing more than that just concerned about the side affects regarding pregnancy I pay about 130 a month cause my insurance wont cover but I feel like its worth the money"

   
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M fergie March 22, 2016

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"I started on this medication in October 2015 and I was at 320lbs - heaviest I've ever been. I am now 48lbs down, and I weigh in at the doctor's in 2 days hoping to achieve the 50lb mark. Not only has this medication helped with the appetite control, it got me off soda! I never thought that was possible. It literally made the soda taste bad. I couldn't believe it. I have been addicted to full-on, regular soda for years. Now, I can't stand it and don't want it. I have the tingling sensations but don't really have any other side effects. I see the doctor once monthly and monitor my blood pressure weekly. I am very, very happy with the results and plan on continuing until my doctor and I determine it is time to stop."

   
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Oh happy day (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 22, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Here's the deal. Yes - I lost weight. At first, it was great! I exercise on top of it, so I noticed pretty quickly. At the same time, I was eating ... just making better choices and not so ravenous. The side effects started right away and were mild in the beginning - but then - 6 months into it - they were terrible ... I just recently stopped because I couldn't take it. My insomnia was the worse ... I would wak up @ 300 and not be able to fall asleep again, and the depression!!! OMG ... I didn't realize I was kind of getting more and more deep. But I was also convinced that the medicine had to be taken - I HAD to keep losing weight!! Dry mouth, heart palpitations (with chest pain)-would like this last year back!! It's not worth it!"

   
3.0

Mooseskid March 21, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I was at 260 pounds which made me very scared and determined to do something about it. I started Qsymia on Feb.13 and have only been on the starter dose of 3.75. I have been using MyfitnessPal and tracking my food intake, trying to eat less carbs/sugars and more proteins and more complex carbs (like vegetables and whole grains). I went to doctor today, March 18 and lost 9 pounds. I am super happy. I have the tingling toes and fingers. I have the somewhat blurry vision but it's not that bad. My goal is to get off high blood pressure meds and get to a healty weight. The doctor upped my prescription to 7.5 and I'm hoping for even better results."

   
8.0

DeeDee223 March 18, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "This drug changed my life. Since 6/15 I have lost 85 lbs, changed all my eating habits, went from the obese weight range to the normal weight range. 5 months ago my wife started on Qsymia and she has dropped 60 lbs so far, but more than that it has not been difficult for us, our tastes and habits have changed, and more than that we are enjoying life so much more. I just had a cholesterol screening and my overall was 126, yes I said 126. By the way, I'm 65 and my wife is 64, I've had a quintuple bypass and my wife has had a triple and Qysmia was cleared by our Cardiologist before we started it. It's changed our lives, I wish it had been around 40 years ago."

   
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Tony S. (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 6, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started Qysmia on 3/1/16 weighing in at about 217 pounds / 5'3". Started on the lowest trial dose. I'm making a more conscious effort to get up and move, but I can not say that I "work out." I have a sedentary job working as a triage nurse. I did a lot of homework prior to asking my PCP to prescribe it. I have to say that I had many concerns, but I knew that I had to try something. He had never prescribed it before. I talk with people everyday whose medical issues were brought on by their weight and I am scared that I am headed in this direction too. My caloric intake is about 1600/day. No side effects so far. Today is 3/6/16 and I've lost 1.5 pounds. Can't tell yet if it has changed appetite yet or not. Will update again."

   
8.0

Almost 40 Year old Female (taken for less than 1 month) March 6, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "This medication has worked great. You must drink plenty of water!!! Also start taking it on a Friday or better yet, start Thursday and take Friday and Monday off of work if possible to give your body time to adapt. My body took a few days to adapt when I first started taking Qsymia as well as between dosage changes. Though it was much less noticeable between dosage changes. For me the side effects of blurred vision, not being able to think sharply, feeling jittery, etc. only lasted a few days. If you can take the time to get over the hump, it is totally worth it. Also I have cut out sugar drinks, snacking, eating after dinner. I drink 8-12 16oz bottle of water per day. I have been on Qsymia for 1 month and lost 13lbs."

Works Great!!! (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 2, 2016

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Tried for a couple of days and could get past the blurry vision and agitation."

   
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Blurred vision! (taken for less than 1 month) February 29, 2016

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