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User Reviews for Phentermine / topiramate

Also known as: Qsymia

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For Weight Loss: "I started Phen (which I had to pay for - it was 16.24) when last year around April I weighed in at 290lbs. My Dr stop prescribing me Phen after 6 months. Just strictly Topamax I weigh 216lb now. But I'm 5'1"

Bella D (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 12, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Obesity: "This is an update on the comment below. I was diagnosed with ADHD about 12 years ago but stopped taking my medication for it many years ago because it made me feel jittery. I have noticed, since I started Qsymia, that my ADHD is under control! With no jittery feeling and it works better than the previous meds did. This is not used as a med for ADHD to my knowledge but it should be investigated. Previous comment: I started Qsymia 5 days ago and am down 3 pounds. I am able to control my portions and snacking very well and am not very hungry. This is the low dose also. I had previously been on Contrave for 2 months which made me extremely nauseous and I gained 8 pounds on it because I wanted to eat when I was nauseated. The only side effects I notice are insomnia and restless legs at night. Unfortunately, I am unable to exercise because I broke my patella a week ago, so that may slow down my progress some. Overall, this seems like a good medication."

   
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Taz (taken for less than 1 month) June 20, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "I started Qsymia on February 2, 2018 . Today is June 15, 2018 so almost 4 1/2 months exactly . Let me start by saying that I tried Phentermine alone several years ago and had lost 80 pounds, gained it all back etc etc tried it again several more times over the course of the last few years and it was like it never worked for me again , like my body had built up an immunity to it . Weird right ?!? So, as a last chance option I chose Qsymia . At first I did't think it was going to work , in fact it took a little over a month for me to tell it was doing anything ! In the beginning I had a few tingly feet sensations but that went away after time and I did feel weak at first but found out it was due to low potassium so if you're feeling that way have that checked out . To date I have lost 27 pounds , which may seem slow to some but it is coming off ! I don't have much of an appetite , I eat small portions and the one effect it HAS had is changing my taste buds."

   
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Losing AGAIN! June 14, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "Stats: 29, 6'2, black male. I started on March 23rd 2018. Started with the starter dosage for 2 weeks then moved over to the regular dosage of 7.5Mg - 46 Mg. My starting weight was 248lb I am currently 222lb. I thought my goal was 220lb, but I think I am going to keep going until I get to 200lb and revisit from there. I have NOT started exercising yet. I have only drastically changed my diet. I do more walking vs driving so I am sure that helps. I need to get in the gym and start toning up. I do not have any cravings anymore. I smoke a lot (weed) so that has always been a struggle of mine. Sometimes I even have to remind myself to eat. I did have dry mouth at first but that is gone now. My insurance covered this until 4/1. But then my pharmacy did some sort of pre-authorization and I am still only paying my co-pay (with the coupon applied as well, (I think)) So that works for me. But honestly after my first month results I was totally fine with paying out of pocket for this."

   
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CJ_Brooklyn June 12, 2018

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For Weight Loss: "I don't drink alcohol, caffeine, or smoke. Went on the meds for the first time in 2005 and lost 80 lbs. Can't remember the side effects. The weight slowly came back on. For 2 years I ate 600-800 cal. a day & walk 5mi.-nothing! In 2016 over 200lbs I went back to the Dr. and lost 70 lbs in 6 months to 135lbs. I had tingling in my hands and feet, dry nasty tasting mouth, thinning hair, memory problems, mean thoughts and I would get emotional and cry easily. I lost orgasm feeling when making love, and my eye sight worsened. BUT I don't know how much of that was do to hormones from peri-menopause and normal age issues. Since then, I have gone back on the meds twice for three month stints to take off the 20 lbs that would creep on. About 10-11 months off, 2-3 on. Dr. said I may have to do this throughout my life to maintain. When I got off the meds, All side effects went away. My hair got thicker, normal emotions and feelings came back, Eyes are comparable to other over 50's."

   
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Wifey (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 10, 2018

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For Not Listed / Other: "I am starting this combination (Phentermine (1/2 of a 37.5 mg tablet and 50 mg Topiramate) tomorrow for B.E.D (binge eating disorder). Fingers crossed! I’ll update after a few days."

Eileen (taken for less than 1 month) June 6, 2018

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For Weight Loss: "I was finally tired of not being able to touch my feet, trim my nails., getting up and down. Getting winded climbing stairs. Went to the doctor found out and boy was I in for a surprise, bam. You have high blood pressure, diabetic, hernia, diverticulitis and yes over weight. I was tipping the scales at 275 pounds it was time for a change. She suggested I try topamax and phentermine 1/2 tab. I started off 25 mg worked up to 100 mg. Does it have side effects. Yes. Dry mouth. Do you forget things in the beginning it is an adjustment phase. You will need to change your way of life. No more sodas, sweets reduce intake of breads and cheese. At least for me. I have issues with glucose and lactose. After awhile you don’t miss it. 4 1/2 months later down 50 pounds. I tried to sip a diet soda it tasted like cough syrup. Never again. You realize you don’t need it. I feel better, move better and like the way I see myself in the mirror. I will keep moving towards my goal."

   
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Lora A May 5, 2018

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For Weight Loss: "Hello I am fairly new to this medication but just in the short time I have been taking it I have truly seen changes in my body! In just 6 days I lost 8.5 pounds an counting! I've changed my eating habits an added exercise into my daily life."

   
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star (taken for less than 1 month) May 3, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "Morning all , I just completed 1 month on Qsymia 3.75mg. I'm 55 yrs old started at 225 lbs so I lost 7 lbs so far. I felt really good not as tired or sleepy. I don't have any side effects. I did feel that 3.75 was kind of week so now I'm on 7.5 now still not exercising maybe this higher dose will motivate me to start wish me luck"

Penny63 May 2, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Obesity: "I started at 254lbs 5'3, am 55. Been on for 18 months and have increased my doses accordingly. I have lost 72 pounds and today weigh 182! back to high school days! Feel great. It curbed my appetite, helped me make great food choices and gave me great self esteem, not to mention improved all my health outcomes. I feel great. I have a goal weight of 160 lbs and its been tough lately to get the weight off but with the 'Q' it makes it easy. My biggest problem was 'grazing' always wanting to pick at the goodies. And with this medication it never made me think about grazing, thus cutting out those unwanted high sugar calories. perfect! So glad I did. Now onto the exercise to keep it off!"

   
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sharon (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 19, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "5'2" 160lb 48 y/o fem - 14 day trial then moved to 7.5 mg - 30 days and so far lost 7 lbs . - overall good experience. At 1st had a little bit of an anxiety attack - skipped one pill and then decided that it was me being me and decided to resumed taking the pills and so far so good. I had a bit of the tingling, dry mouth but I also experienced unusual frequency urination which for what I read is tied to the Topamax. I have a dr's appointment and I will ask about it, it almost feels as an UTI but I'm certain is not an infection. I exercise 5 times a week. I've always watch my diet but for I always had issues maintaining a healthy weight (I'm one of those unlucky souls) and had a huge fibroid which was embolized last years but throwing my hormones out of whack plus I'm probably peri menopausal causing me 15 lbs weight gain. I plan to stop at 145bl however my ideal would be 135 .. thanks"

   
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Anonymous April 19, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "Update: It’s been a little bit since I’ve updated but here you go. I’m a 29 y.o female, 5’8”, with a starting weight of 353.0lbs. I began Qsymia on 3/23/17. As of today 4/7/18, I weigh 286.3lbs. For a total loss of 66.7lbs.. I was on the 7 dose of Qsymia until this past March when my weight simply did not seem to be coming off anymore despite my efforts at watching what I eat and increasing exercise. I’m now on the 11 dose and the weight is coming off again with diet and exercise. I knew once I lost the initial weight getting further down would be difficult. That’s just how it goes. Side effects: My hair does come out easily which I’ve heard is a thing with the topamax side of the drug. I freaked out at first but when I learned I wasn’t prediabetic anymore I figured the trade off was okay. It’s not like I’m bald. It just comes out more a bit more easily than I’d like. Anyway... till next time y’all."

   
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Th3Struggl3IsR3al April 7, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "I'm about to turn 50, about 190 lbs, 5'2 and on 10 mg ambien last 25 years. I just can't sleep without it, and then only 3-4 hours only. I am an avid coke drinker, allergic to milk and chocolate so eating or desserts are not a problem. I admit it's the coke and not sleeping. So my doc has me trying qysmia. I've been on it for about 7 weeks. My insurance does not cover it and pretty pricey, but doc thinks this might work and not cause conflict with sleeping pills. Good news I have lost 2 sizes...YAY! I have dry mouth really bad, can't stand to drink coke (would never have thought anything would do that!) I only want to drink water. Most food tastes bad as well. Everything tastes like I am licking a postage stamp. My vision is a bit worse. I have that bad taste in mouth all the time...maybe gum or mints might help...giving it another month and will weigh the pros and cons"

   
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lisa (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 4, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "I have been on Qsymia for 3 1/2 years and have lost a total of 32 lbs and have kept it off for all this time. This has been the only medication that has helped me to lose weight and I couldn’t be happier. I feel so healthy, so energetic!!!"

Yoyo (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 30, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Obesity: "I finally found something that works! I lost 26 pounds in one month!! I walk in the park a few times a week (up to 3 miles), I do light weight (5lb-8lb) arm, leg and an exercises at home and changed my eating habits big time. I feel great and am hardly ever hungry. No real side effects besides a little dry mouth. I just drink even more water "

   
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Dionne (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 26, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "Age 49, current weight 248lb, 5’6” and size-wise, the biggest I have ever been!! I can’t stand looking at myself, and I feel terrible because of this weight. Today is my first day, can’t post an update yet. Tried Belviq which worked wonders! Lost 35lbs then it just stopped working. Gained it all back but 5 lousy lbs, so I’m trying this. Have already started changing my eating habits, no soda, coffee is a struggle!!! Goal is to dump 45-50 lbs and keep it off."

waeguk-saram March 13, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "The first month of Qsymia I lost 12 pounds. Then that was it. It did NOT take my appetite away. My doctor increased to dosage to 11.25 /69 MG and that did nothing. I decided to just stop the medication after 6 months. I know this could be potentially dangerous but I felt as if I needed to stop since it wasn't helping me and I was exhausted all the time with dark circles under my eyes."

   
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Mrs. Z (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 8, 2018

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For Weight Loss: "I was put on topiramate for migraine headaches, I was already taking phentermine for weight loss which wasn't doing much good. Without realizing in 1 week I had lost 10 pounds over a period of of 9 months I have lost 50 pounds so far. So yes it definitely works."

   
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Dena (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 8, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Obesity: "Oh my God please really consider this drug carefully. I took one pill. The starter dose that they give you. It curbed my appetite then by 7pm I had a headache starting. By 10pm it was a full on migraine. Next morning I woke up and vomited. Still have the headache. This stuff is going in the trash can."

   
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TeresaB1977 (taken for less than 1 month) February 11, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "I've been taking Qsymia two weeks. I feel like I have my life back. I have a ton more energy. I’m watching what I eat and drinking a ton of water. I lost 10 pounds. My blood pressure actually went down to 111/78"

   
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Lauren A (taken for less than 1 month) February 10, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Obesity: "So far so good! I have been on Qsymia for about a month and I have lost 22lbs. In the past I have tried: Vyvanse for binge eating, I lost weight but then stated gaining back because I was drinking a lot and vyvanse is basically speed, so if your prone to drinking it will make you want to drink more. Contrave, the wellbutrin in this gives me vertigo so I cannot take it. Qysmia has worked very well. It takes away cravings and has helped me be mindful for portion control."

   
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CLENIK (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 8, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Obesity: "I just started this medicine. It initially made me drowsy during the day. I only started this medicine after spending 10-12 years with diet and exercise and still gained 6.5 pounds a year. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago. Hopefully, my doctor will figure out the dosage and proper caloric intake. When I have enough energy I can work out at least an hour, not including the daily walking I do. Wish me luck."

A44 (taken for less than 1 month) February 5, 2018

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For Weight Loss: "Hi everyone, I just got my prescriptions for phentermine and topiramate. I’m 57, 5’ 4” 1/2, And I’ve been on phentermine for quite some time and have reached a plateau (160lb). A friend was given the topiramate with her phentermine prescription and she went from 185 to 124 in the course of two years. I’ve read many different reviews and I know everyone is different but I’m afraid about the side affect for loss of hair as my hair is very short now. I’m also hoping to lose around 20-40 lbs and quit the meds. My question is, has anyone ever experienced a bad reaction to stopping the meds? I’ve read that it can be very dangerous if stopped and I’d like to know how others have achieved it with no problems. Also, just curious if I should continue taking one 37.5 mg of phentermine (because I’m already accustomed to taking) along with topiramate? Or, cut in half. Thank you"

   
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Star Dreamer (taken for less than 1 month) January 31, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: "Hi guys --it's day 1 for me and I'm still feeling hungry. Does it get better. I admit I didn't plan my day out very well, food wise, but hope to do a lot of meal prep tomorrow. Anyway, again, did your appetite suppress immediately or did it take a few days? Thanks!"

   
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moonbeamer (taken for less than 1 month) January 30, 2018

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For Obesity: "I started the phentermine/topiramate combo in October 2016. I stayed on it through out the year with two one month long breaks. To date I have lost 87 pounds. I did have a dry mouth in the beginning and insomnia. I experienced some hair loss but this could also be from my thyroid meds which have to be constantly adjusted as the weight rolls off. I found as I lost more and more weight and got closer to goal that the topiramate was causing me to act and think irrationally at times; memory loss, confusion, etc. I went to my doctor and she lowered the dose. Now I feel fine. But I am concerned that I have been on these pills for over a year. I plan to discuss it with her on my visit later this week."

   
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Jay-Jay (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 24, 2018

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