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User Reviews for Phentermine / topiramate

Also known as: Qsymia

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7.3/10 Average Rating
385 Ratings with 397 User Reviews

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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"

   
8.0

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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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Update: Started Qsymia on 3/23/17 and today is 10/27/17. Little over 7 months. I’m on the 7.5/46mg dosage. I’m a 29 yo female 5’8”. Starting weight was 353.0lbs. Today my scale said 304.9lbs. 48.1lbs down. The lowest I’ve seen is 302. I’m at a period where my weight is stalling a little. I don’t think it’s because the dosage isn’t working but because this happens ever so often. I’ll lose pretty consistently then get to a bit of a plateau and then lose again. It’s frustrating but I just keep doing what I’m doing and don’t give up and the weight continues to come off again. Again, my diet has only changed in that I eat a lot less food and drink way more water. I’m about to start exercise on a more consistent basis. Till next time!"

   
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Th3Struggl3IsR3al (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 27, 2017

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"I started taking phentermine 37.5mg on Oct 22,2017 I am weighing 220lb and would like to at least loss 60-70 pounds I do take Topamax 25 mg for my severe migraines and was not aware that it is used to loss weight as a combination with the medication I just started till I started browsing through the internet. So far I have seen a huge change on my appetite not craving for no goodies, eating small amount of food and drinking a lot of water, starting to do zumba at the house due to a lot of energy! I’ll keep you guys posted."

   
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RuckyGrandma (taken for less than 1 month) October 25, 2017

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"I started this combination on October 2nd it is now October 21st and I have lost 18 pounds. Side effects are dry mouth constipation and a little bit of agitation. It is help me not to think about food and when I do eat food it's healthier choices I eat a lot more salads I have to force myself to drink water only because I'm not a big fan of water. I've had to take laxatives which helps and the pharmacist suggested that I take Miralax or eat prunes to stay regular as laxatives on the long term are no good. All in all I feel that this is working well for me and I'm excited about the progress that I will make. I'm a 52 yo female with a desk job no physical activity . Starting weight 226 goal 165 present wieght 208 5'6" tall."

Cheekiegirl (taken for less than 1 month) October 21, 2017

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Ok today is my 1st day starting on 3.75mg-23mg capsule. Today is 10/5/2017 and I have the free 2 week trial starting weight is 222lb and I would love to lose at least 50lbs. So far I had a protein shake for breakfast, a salad with grilled salmon and one boiled egg for lunch brought from home and drinking water all day. I will try to remember to check in weekly with updates. I can't rate this yet but I will in a couple of weeks"

   
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StayTrue2Myself (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 5, 2017

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"I took 37.5 mg of Phentermine in 2010 for 90 days and lost 60 lbs. I was also going to the gym every day and eating low carb. I kept the weight off for 3 years. The one thing I want to make everyone aware of is that some people experience hair loss with this medication. By that I mean thinning. About 9 months after I stopped using Phentermine my hair started falling out. ALOT. However within a year it did start growing back. It's 2017 and Im now taking it for a third time with Topamax and I'm expecting the same thing to happen. I'm impressed with the combination of the two. I actually lost 5 lbs within the first 24 hours! My UHC insurance covers the cost of both with just a 5.00 copay for each for 30 day supply"

missyleah (taken for less than 1 month) September 23, 2017

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Let me start by saying I am 59 years old. Until now, I have not had a problem losing when I needed to. I am not big on diet pills so I was a little hesitant at first. The 2 week free trial helped me decide to give it a try. The first 2 weeks I lost 6 pounds. I lost a total of 45 pounds on this medicine!! and kept it off for a year!! I have recommended it and so far have had several friends go on it an loose weight with equal success. You have to cut back on food intake and exercise. I highly recommend it!!"

   
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Texas Grandma (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 16, 2017

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Update: 7.5 kicked in, cravings gone, back to being full right away, and forgetting to eat..should keep a food diary. Now down to 163. I took the 2 week trial and it worked great, no side effects, and I felt great, I went from 185-180 in the 2 weeks, I felt full right away, dehydrated so I was drinking ton's of water, craved no sweets, small portions filled me up fast, now I'm on the 7.5 dosage and I feel hungry all the time, don't feel as dehydrated and the cravings are starting to creep back up. I hope it's a minor set back and it will go away once my system get's used to the higher dosage; insurance didn't cover this so I just shelled out $145.00 for 30 days worth of pills so I hope they work"

   
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scasao (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 16, 2017

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"In June of 2016 weighting in at 298 lbs asked my doctor was there anything that could help. She originally put me on just phentermine dose 37.5mg which worked great . No real side effects , just had less interest in food . Found myself having more energy and after the first month I lost 15lbs . Few months later topirmate was added dose 25mg . In the beginning I experienced a bad few side effects including mood swings, and always feeling like I was burning up. But they went away after a few weeks. Since adding topirmate it has given drinks a bad almost coppery taste and if I trying eat sweets will get a nauseous feeling. Dose has been up to 50mg. In total I have so far lost almost 100lbs, still losing and couldn't be happier with results"

   
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Kacie J. August 16, 2017

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