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User Reviews for Phentermine / topiramate systemic

Also known as: Qsymia

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7.4/10 Average Rating
401 Ratings with 416 User Reviews

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I love Qsymia! I am down 14 pounds with zero side effects. The only thing that I have experienced is pop tasting flat and certain foods that I love taste different. Not a bad trade off. Would recommend to anyone who wants to shed pounds away."

   
10

Tracy (taken for less than 1 month) January 11, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have been taking Qsymia the starter dose for 6 days now, the fist 3 days I immediately experienced blurry vision, dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, and head fogginess like I was in outer space but it wasn't horrible its worth it if you want to lose weight. I didn't lose my appetite completely but I definitely don't crave junk and fast food like I use to and I'm not hungry all the time and I feel full a lot. After the 3rd day all those bad symptoms went away I'm guessing my body adjusted to the meds. I haven't really been eating the healthiest since I started and only worked out twice and I lost 2 pounds so far I will return with another review when I finish with the starter dose"

   
6.0

koko (taken for less than 1 month) December 17, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I am on day 4. I know it’s a little early to be writing a review, but I’m really looking for encouragement and reasons to do this. The side effects are immediate. My seltzer water tastes flat. Food tastes very different. I guess this can be considered a plus, if it makes me eat less, but it is depressing. I have headaches and nausea. I can’t enjoy my Thursday evening wine at karaoke. Will it all be worth it in the end? You who have stuck it out, was it worth it? Do the side effects go away eventually? If not, do you get used to them? My food cravings have already diminished, thank goodness, but at what cost? And it’s only been 4 days on the starter dose!!! Ay yi yi! Oh, and I lost 2 pounds in a week while titrating off the Belviq and starting Qsymia, which is encouraging. Lost 60 pounds on Belviq in 1.5 years but then in the next 1.5 years gained 18 pounds back. Needed to try something new and, I guess, drastic."

   
7.0

Sparkles (taken for less than 1 month) December 10, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I am 59 YO Female 5’5” 167lb with a weight gain of 10lbs over the past year. My goal was to lose 15 lbs due to high BP. I began taking Qsymia 9/1/2018. This medication started working for me right away. 2 weeks on the 3.75, then moving to the current dose of 7.5/46. I’ve had tingling of hands and face and some eye twitching which I can handle .. but in the last 2 months have developed a cough that is relentless!! It’s like chronic bronchitis. This happens to be a side effect, albeit rare. I’ve stopped and the cough gets a bit better but as soon as I start taking Qsymia again, cough returns with a vengeance. Suppose I’ll look for something else. Too bad."

   
6.0

Hilarotes (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 30, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "250lb Start, 5'9" Male, 7.5. I month down. 2nd Check in. Today I am 239lb. I have lost about an inch everywhere. Stomach, waist, butt and close to an inch in the neck. I feel so much better. I have done some exercise but now would like to do more. Maybe 2 day a week but looking to get 3 or more. No side effects still. As I have said before...the off switch now works. In the past...I could just eat and eat and eat. If there was food there, I could keep going. Whatever it is in my brain that is supposed to tell me to stop doesn't seem to work right. This medicine seems to give that back to me. I can feel my body telling me I'm done after eating some...not after eating until the food is gone. It is expensive but it is worth the cost for me for sure."

   
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Franko (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 30, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "5'9" 50 Male 250 start weight. Just finished week 2 on 7.5 and I'm down 7 lbs. I feel good with no side effects. The off switch works now so I eat some, I feel full and satisfied, I stop. I have been working to make better choices with the food I do eat so that is helping as well. It's pricey for sure, but I'm feeling better about me so it's worth the cost in my book."

   
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NoThanks November 16, 2018

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"1 month on these tabs 15mg/50mg, 55 years old and I've lost 11 lbs. Nob binge eating, appetite decreased a lot, sodas taste flat. I'm at 234lb, looking to go to 200lb. 64 oz of water a day. Hardly any exercise other than working. No side effects at all so far. Keeping a food journal really helps because you see what your putting in your body. Highly recommend it."

   
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Bddyb (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 10, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Been taking Phentermine for 1 month & doing weight watchers diet. I lost 7 lbs in 1 month..so nothing great. My doctor recently added Topamax too, and I've been taking it now for 4 days. I can't tell that my appetite is suppressed much but I am having much more tummy hunger pangs. Has anybody else experienced this? I am fighting a difficult battle losing 25 lbs of weight I gained last year while taking steroids for a chronic illness...and I'm 62 years old and female, both make losing weight very difficult. I was expecting the medications to help me feel less hungry, instead, my belly feels more hungry."

   
7.0

Sue (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 5, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started going to the gym in August 2018 working out Mon thru Fri. I was working out hard doing both cardio and weight training only to lose 4lbs in 2 months. I must admit I was not eating the healthiest but my calorie intake was much less than what I burned throughout the course of a day. I finally went to my Endocrinologist for a solution and it was suggested that I try Qsymia. I started taking my phase one dose of 3.75 on October 15, 2018 weighing 281lbs (Oh yah, I am a 6'1 BM) and began taking phase two of 7.5mg on October 29, 2018 and I have lost exactly 10 pounds. I am very excited with this weight loss solution and I am looking forward to my future results but what concerns me is that I kept the same diet/exercise routine prior to taking the medicine so basically what this tells me is that it has a lot to do with metabolism in which I think the medication increases. You can go to the gym and eat right but if you do not have good metabolism you can forget it."

   
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Jaxx November 1, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have been on Qsymia for 3 weeks and have lost 10lbs so far. I am so excited! I am really not hungry. My only 2 side effects are an odd taste in my mouth similar to metallic and difficulty sleeping. Both side effects are worth the weight loss and the expense of the medication (I believe it was around $200)."

   
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Sandy (taken for less than 1 month) September 8, 2018

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I started Qsymia July 20, 2018. Starting at 208lb as of today I weight 200.8lb. I don't have any craving and I haven't binged since starting. I walk occasionally but haven't made a habit of it. I feel pretty good and it's not effecting my anxiety medicine either. I had a very dull headache the first two days but nothing else. Hope it continues to help with losing weight."

   
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Jpp (taken for less than 1 month) August 9, 2018

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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."

   
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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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