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User Reviews for Phentermine / topiramate

Also known as: Qsymia

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7.4/10 Average Rating
390 Ratings with 405 User Reviews

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"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): "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): "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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"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."

   
9.0

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

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"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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"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): "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): "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): "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): "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): "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): "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): "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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"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): "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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"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): "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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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "36yr/5.5ft Starting weight 178 (Goal 145) Its been one month exactly and I am 10 lbs down. I know that's good but I expected more. I still have not changed my diet nor added any exercise. So! I guess that is good! The only thing I notice is dry mouth and that just makes me drink more water. So, I don't really mind that. I definitely do not eat as much as I use to. If I have pizza - it's 2 slices instead of 3 or 4! It's all I can handle. So I've got a ways to go!"

   
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Twinks36 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "This prescription work well. I had no appetite and more energy. However the side effects with Qysmia is short term memory loss is bad. Slow recall with words. I was hoping the side effects with Topamax in Qysmia would be small however it was not. It made me feel like I was losing my mind. Couldn't remember if I took my meds in the morning or evening. Had to think about my kids names before calling them. Looking at objects and trying to recall the name, like toaster, rolls, car etc. I decided that I did not want this to become permanent so it was time to get off this medicine and try something else. There is other medicine better then this one. Not worth the side effects...."

   
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petula1234 December 29, 2017

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "No rating yet. Started Qsymia today weight today 225.6lb....I lost 32lbs by eating better and working out. I no longer fry foods or drink soda for the last 2 years. I only buy chicken and turkey meat. Only bake crockpot and grill. Was doing great until I hit a plateau I did try belviq it helped but after so long it no longer helped. Then I read about Qsymia and decided to give it a go. Wish me luck!! And I hope everyone in this weight loss struggle wins the fight. We got this!!! Have a Happy New Year!!! I'll keep you guys posted."

   
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MochaBrown44 December 25, 2017

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I am 46 years old I'm 5'8" tall and weighed up to 197lb. I was in a 40 DDD bra and busting out of size 14 pants. My shirts were all 1X. This was the biggest I've ever been. I've been working out with a group trainer doing metabolic work outs while on qsymia. Stopped coffee for a month, stopped drinking beer also. Started drinking vodka with club soda instead. I weigh 180lb now. 3 months later. My shirt size is a large. My bra is a 36 DD. And I wear a size 12 pants. No real side effects to the drug. I had a little tingling in my face at first. But it went away. No jitters or anything. Wish it were cheaper. It keeps me on track and very healthy. I do work out at my lunch time M W F. Big difference with this medication in reshaping your body."

   
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River girl (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 23, 2017

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I took Qsymia for 3 months and lost 18 lbs. however my Dr switched me to Belviq because I was having blurred vision/trails, some breathing issues, lack of motivation. When I first started taking I had suicidal thoughts but took an antidepressant that fixed it. I have not started Belviq yet as I wanted to first clear my system of Qsymia and it's side effects however after over a month I'm still encountering its side affects at some degree. I believe my eyesight has was permanently damaged from it."

SheBrakesForRainbows December 13, 2017

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"I started phentermine on November the 3rd 2017 starting weight was 328lb, now I'm down 10lb 316lb as of 12/07/2017 and my Dr just added Topamax to mine so today is the first day of it 12/08/2017. my one question is do I take the Topamax as it says on the bottle mine says twice a day but she didn't specify. I only take the phentermine once?"

   
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Anonymous December 8, 2017

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"I started out at 201lb on 6/25/17. I get the generic pills directly from my doctor so I only pay $60 ($30 each) for a month supply. I am going on month 6 and I am down to 135lb. I don't do strenuous exercise, I purchased a $135 portable elliptical off Amazon and I will do 3-7 miles on it while I watch TV after the kids are in bed a few times a week. I am on the plant based diet with some whole milk yogurt thrown in a few times a week and maybe an egg every now and then because I love them! I went through a really bad spell of dry mouth for a few weeks but some dry mouth lozenges really helped with that. I am very happy with the medication and the results."

   
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Becs10 November 13, 2017

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Started Qsymia today (11/4/17). I cannot rate it yet but will post updates as time goes by. Im hoping this works. I'm at my wits end. 57 y/o 199lbs. I heavier then I have EVER been. Heavier then when I was pregnant. I work out and watch what I eat and still can't lose weight. I'm afraid if I don't get rid of some this weight I will become a diabetic. Fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone!"

ICanDoThisNow November 4, 2017

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