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Phentermine/topiramate Review Summary

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "7/26/15, first day of taking Qysma. So far just can't eat."

Charlene Rae July 26, 2015

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"I've taken this combination for a year. I started at 168, I am currently at 138 and still losing. I am completely happy with the results since I am over 40 and I was dieting and exercise and not losing weight. I finally asked my doctor for help. He did a complete physical and after making sure that I was healthy he started me on this combination. I am 5'5 and have reach my BMI. I am still exercise and watching what I eat and hope to lose 5 more lbs. Highly recommend."

   
9.0

BeeJean (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 24, 2015

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"I've been taking 50mg Topamax twice daily and 30mg of Phentermine once in the morning for about a year now. The dosages are low and weight loss has been gradual but I am very happy with the combination. I was instructed originally to take 15mg Phentermine in the morning and a second capsule before 3pm but it really affected my ability to get to sleep at night and I didn't feel like I needed it mid day. I'm not thrilled about the foggy memory and problems putting together words the Topamax seems to cause from time to time, but it has been well worth it. I also experienced some hair loss after upping my dose of Topamax but it resolved after a few weeks. In all, I've list about 70 pounds this last year with diet and exercise."

   
9.0

Kalistis (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 18, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I'm 26 years old 5'3. Year in a half a ago I quit taking Vyvanse I didn't like the way it made me feel and since then I have gained about 80 pounds in the past year. I began at 199 6/25/15 now I weigh 194.4 7/13/15 so it's only been about 2.5 weeks and I've lost about 5 pounds. I hope to see good results with this medication because it has been very difficult for me to look in the mirror and know I let this happen. Especiqlly since I've been fit for most of my life. Beer, coke and Pepsi taste awful, wine still tastes good. I've had minimal side effects, tingly hands, feet, nervousness. But not very often. I hope this helps."

   
4.0

heading to the beach (taken for less than 1 month) July 13, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Me: 43, 3 small kids, major PCOS, binge-eating disorder (BED), 2010 lap band (weight loss minimal). Doc suggested trying this before Metformin (for PCOS) because Met can sometimes make you gain weight. The Topirimate in it is also effective for BED, so, a twofer I guess. I started around 275 May25th (initial dosing). Today I am below 247 lb. Dry mouth but I drink a ton of water, so it's fine now. Rarely hungry. Honestly, I feel great...I open up the pantry to look and then turn away...I only crave protein and coffee. Never was a fan of pop though, so not a problem there. After $75 per month coupon I pay about $115 OOP. My PCOS has also been gotten better in just the one month."

   
10

PCOSMama (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started in February weighing 348 lbs Today I am down to 291 and feel I have struggled for last 6 weeks. Starting the 11.25 Dose today I am going to refocus on my eating and exercise and see how quick I can get rid of the next 50 lbs"

   
10

gaurdgoose July 1, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Started on 11/14/14, at 227.8 lbs at 5'6" tall - 8 months later I have lost 51 lbs, am now 176.8 lbs. I have gone from a size 16 to a 10-12 depending on the brand. Side effects are dry mouth (solved by drinking a ton of water) and tingling in feet, which I notice more as it becomes time to take the next dose in the morning. Qsymia definitely curbed the snacking, the over eating, etc. Changed the way I eat, increased fresh vegetables, cut carbs (no bread, limited starch, etc.) and stopped eating processed foods. Began to cook dinner more, to control the butter, oil, cooking method rather than relying on the quick fix of takeout. This has made a HUGE difference. Increased activity as well. I can see my curves again. 20 lbs. to go!"

   
10

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 29, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Hello to all, I started Qsymia one week ago on the low dose weighing in at 181. I am a 24 year old mother of 2 and I am 5'2. As of today I am 173.2 :D. I am drinking a gallon or more of water a day with a low calorie diet and I have being going to Zumba for the past 5 days. My only side effect has been having a dry mouth but I do not mind as I maintain hydrated. I started my higher dosage today and will keep you guys posted. I am happy I can share my experience with people who understand where I am coming from."

   
10

Lizo23 June 26, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "When I initially starting taking the med I lost 7lbs in 9 days. My hopes were high for this medicine. But then...my milligram number was bumped up and that's when all hell broke loose. I had multiple panic attacks while driving. My memory was shot. I couldn't concentrate or even form a decent thought. Please weigh all options before starting this medication."

   
1.0

Porterhouse June 25, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "This is an update to my April 2015 start. I am now reviewing under weight loss, because I am truly on my way...In my 2nd week of the 2nd strength and I am down 15lbs. Could not be happier. My clothes are fitting like I remember them. Only side affect which is very mild is tingling in hands and seldom my feet. Doctor is monitoring my BP which was almost under control with only 1/2 a low dose Lisinopril before taking Qysmia. Will most likely be off that soon also. So thrilled to be seeing these results. If you are on the fence about trying this, get to your doctor and see if it could work for you."

   
9.0

Janice Van (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 22, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Took the 2 week trial at the end of May and experienced some side effects. I was severely tired, had some tingling in my hands and feet, dry mouth, and pop tasted really flat (which I guess is a good thing since I no longer wanted it) and some trouble sleeping. I added in some exercise and started a low calorie diet. I lost about 7lbs in those two weeks. I wasn't able to go directly on to the 7.5 dosage because of come complications with my pharmacy. I was off the medication for for about a week & gained my energy back & slept better. I've been back on the medication for 2 days now & have started experiencing the side effects again. Unless my results are drastically great during my 30 day rx, I don't think I can handle the side effects."

   
6.0

JB12345 June 12, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I tried Qysmia 7.5 dosage for 43 days and lost 12 pounds but the side effect I didn't desire any junk. I didn't take every day as prescribed because of the side effects. Insomnia, dry mouth, tingling in feet, tiredness. The worst side effects has come since I have been off the medicine for 4 days. I have pain in my genital area and constant chills. I now see that these are listed as possible side effects. I think that people should return back to the post to warn of what comes after you withdraw from the medicine. Not worth the 12 pounds weight loss. Everything comes with a price."

   
5.0

despite it all (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 7, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have been on qsymia since 12/2015 and it has been 6 months now. I have polysystic ovarian syndrome and have tried pretty much everything to lose weight without success for the last 7 years. My doctor recommended this medication and it has been the only thing to ever help. Even with it I still lost slowly, at a little over 4 lbs a month 25 lb total but it has changed my life. I no longer count every calorie or carb that goes in my mouth or have to work out for 2 hours a day. I eat everything in moderation and don't really think about food. I really loved this medication, until I noticed a lot of hair falling out and starting researching online. I've lost about 1/3 of my hair&now have to stop qsymia only 20lbs from my goal. So be careful!"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 5, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I'm done with my 14 day free trial and lost 9 lbs. I'll be starting a higher dosage tomorrow. Dry mouth The only "side effects" if you would call it that is dry mouth."

   
9.0

nelly22 (taken for less than 1 month) June 3, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I began taking qsymia last year from May2014 - Oct2014 and lost 30lbs. Had to stop taking since I ran out of money on my FSA and couldn't afford it out of pocket. I will say I had major dry mouth which led me to drink lots of water and of course that's great for weight loss. Completely changed my tasted buds, no longer desired sugar foods - cakes, cookies, etc or pop (Diet Pepsi drinker). Side effect: no energy, struggled greatly on my job. I read a post someone recommending taking l-tyrosine 500mg for energy. I did along w/ my daily multi-vitamins, and it made a world of difference!! I did gain my 30lb back being off, but I'm back on qsymia and ready to take it off and more this time and stick with it!!"

   
9.0

Neolex May 29, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Starting weight was 173 (5'5), combined Qsymia program with up to 1000 cal per day (no exercise) - recording with my fitness pal app definitely helps!! I lost 18 lbs altogether in 6 months where majority lost in first 3 ms, maintained during rest with pills on/off. One thing I did not like about the medicine (especially at the first couple of months) is the side effects; dry mouth, anxiety attacks (which I never experienced before) & insomnia but it subsided after awhile. Regarding pricing, some insurance companies will allow for pre-authorization if you get your doctor to reason with them it is necessary for you; this way coupon you can pay as low as $35/ month supply. not bad program overall.."

   
8.0

rk2007 May 28, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started taking Qsymia in the end of November. It's now nearing the end of May and I've lost just shy of 40 lbs. I've been watching my diet and also incorporating moderate amounts of exercise. I have hypothyroidism and was unable to lose weight using any other method alone. This medication has been a life saver! I no longer have to take blood pressure meds and will likely be stepping down the dosage of my thyroid meds soon due to lower body weight. I still want to lose another 30-40 lbs. to be at a healthy weight. My rate of weight loss has been steady...not too slow but not too rapid, either. I can't say enough about it."

   
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Becky R. May 25, 2015

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"I started out on the low dose. Lost 8 lbs in a month. Wasn't happy with that. I watched everything I ate and didn't cheat . Recently went back and increased the dose to 30/25. This better show better results or I'm done. The topamax also makes me very moody. The first couple of weeks I would start crying for no reason. Hopefully that goes away."

   
5.0

Noel67 May 24, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "This medication so far has been working quite well for me. I just finished my first 2 week dose today and I am down 16 pounds. The first week felt like I was starving with the diet the nutritionist had put me on , but into the second week that faded away and I was satisfied with my smaller portions. I had less interest in food and felt fuller faster. Tomorrow I will begin the the next dose up of the medication and I am looking forward to seeing how much weigh loss is in store for me. I was told by the doctor today that the medicine is designed to help you lose 5 percent of your total weight loss. So my next visit with her she expects another 10 pounds which will put me at 26 pounds in 6 weeks that is more than what she originally expected"

   
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OR Chick May 21, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have been on Qsymia for 2 weeks and my weight is exactly the same. I am a 50 yr old woman in menopause. I have also been on a high protein diet and walking 10,000 steps a day. I don't know if I should spend the money for the next step or not since I have seen no results thus far. The only difference I can tell is that soda tastes flat."

   
1.0

GrannyW May 11, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "First two week in the lowest those, great! Four pounds in a week no sides effect. Ten days in the 7.5 dosage and have lost 12 pounds, no interest in food. Very dry mouth (use Biotene or something similar). I hope to continue loosing weight until reaching my goal! Side effects are tolerable."

   
7.0

Desperate for loosing weight! (taken for less than 1 month) May 7, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Started Qsymia 2 weeks ago today..love it..down 9lbs just on the 2 week free trial. I have no taste at all for sodas ( and I would drink at least 4 can drinks a day) my food intake has decrease in half. I don't feel hungry. My energy has increased. Only side effect is insomnia- hoping that will wear down in a few days. My cost with coupon $114 and insurance will not help pay but well worth the cost! Would recommend to anyone to try at least for free for 2 week free trial. Love it!!"

   
8.0

happyinnc (taken for less than 1 month) May 5, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "My experience with Qysmia has been okay. Thankfully, no side effects except sometimes tingling in my hands and feet. I started at 225 in November 2014 and now six months later, I am 204. I thought I would have lost a lot more faster like everyone else but I haven't. My appetite is definitely less than it used to be but I do still treat myself to chocolate. Gave up potato chips and french fries!! Although, I'm not exercising as much as I should. My BMI went from 38 to 35. I think it's good to take it off slowly anyway. 3/4 lb. to 1 lb. a week is fine for me. My goal is 140. It may take me over a year to get there, but slow and steady wins the race!!"

   
9.0

Anne87 (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 30, 2015

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"My doctor prescribed Phentermine37.5 AND Topiramate 25 MG for me. It is the same as the Qsymia but much much less expensive. And I have had the same results as the ones that have posted above. I thought I should let ones know about this, as the Qsymia is very expensive, and as myself, I would not be able to afford that, as I am disabled and on disability, but still need the medication, which is not covered by Medicaid, but the Topiramate is, and the Phentermine is only $10 at Sams club. I hope this is helpful to someone. :) Oh I did forget to say, that I have lost 22 lbs in a month and a half :D"

Ravendove April 29, 2015

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started Qsymia on Saturday, April 25th. I felt fine the first couple days but the last two days I've got a weird feeling in my head and I feel a bit full, like I've eaten too much but I haven't, leg cramps, slight tingling in my feet and itching in my hands (none of which are pleasant). It doesn't make me not want eat entirely but it definitely helps me make better choices. I've had a touch of insomnia and some weird dreams and the weird feeling in my head kind of makes me want to give up but I hopped on the scale before I started typing this and I've also lost 4 lbs so far (I'm 41 years old, 5'4" and started at 206) I'm going to call my doc tomorrow to be on the safe side. It appears to work but I'm not sure I can continue on like this."

   
5.0

blanonymous12 April 28, 2015

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