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User Reviews for Phentermine / topiramate to treat Weight Loss

Also known as: Qsymia

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Phentermine/topiramate Rating Summary

User Ratings
10
   
37%(150)
9
   
19%(74)
8
   
13%(53)
7
   
6%(22)
6
   
4%(15)
5
   
4%(14)
4
   
3%(9)
3
   
3%(9)
2
   
4%(14)
1
   
13%(51)
7.4/10 Average Rating
411 Ratings with 427 User Reviews

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Reviews for Phentermine/topiramate

"Hi everybody - I give it a 7"

   
7.0

OceanSpring May 8, 2019

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"I am reading a lot of people talking about the price Qsymia (for weight loss). My doctor just prescribed them separately as the Phentermine and Topamax. I pay with my Drug Rx card about $20 for both of them. They wanted to charge over $200 after my free 2 week trial for the Qsymia brand."

   
7.0

SSWalk10 (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 24, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have suffered , like my entire family, with weight problems my entire life. Unfortunately, some injuries to my lower body joints while serving as a Paratrooper made exercise difficult and painful. Once I had my hip replaced and knees fixed I worked with my Doc and he suggested Qsymia. It worked immediately. I still had to struggle a bit and the side effects were annoying, but not debilitating. So far I am down almost 70 lbs in a year and still going. Of course the Insurance company won't pay, so be prepared to do lots of shopping around. That being said, with the half person I have lost, I am back to hiking with my family in NY (two peaks in one day) from 48 -50 pants to 38-40 pants and a blood pressure that went from 150/90 to 106/70. Look, not everyone will do as well, some will do better, but this pill really worked and a bit of dry mouth, constipation and sleeplessness are a lot better than gastric bypass!"

   
10

jfk April 18, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I am 5'1, 46years old and was 179 lbs on 3/19. I am still on first dose because my doctor had to cancel last 2 appointments. I weighed today 171, so when I return to doc Tues she will increase my dose to 7.5mg/46mg. I have had energy, no cravings, no appetite and need to be reminded to eat. I take benadryl to help me sleep,. I walk on my treadmill 30-90min 4x per week and have decreased my calories to between 1200 and 1500. I drink about 100oz of water. I am hopeful that with all of what I am doing in addition to Qsymia, I will lose at least 35 lbs."

   
8.0

Btrain (taken for less than 1 month) April 13, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have been taking Qsymia for 13 months now. I am 5'7", and was 50 when I started. I weighed 304 pounds. I have lost 105 pounds so far. I cannot praise it enough. I intend to lose another 40lb or so. It has been a life saver for me. My energy is through the roof, and the benefits to my self confidence are immeasurable. My cholesterol went from 225lb down to 185lb. So, as for side effects, I do experience bouts of constipation. I try to keep myself fully hydrated which definitely helps, and occasionally use fiber supplements as needed. In the beginning there was some dry mouth, but that passed. Also, I had some occasional tingling in my fingers early on, but that has subsided as well. I know it's not for everyone, but for me, it has worked wonders. The cost has been an issue, but I think of how much I used to spend on snack foods, takeout and the like and it doesn't even compare. I am still way ahead of the game."

   
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Alano (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 8, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "Qsymia 7 days in on starter 3.75 dosage. One pound lost. I’m tremendously disappointed. I’ve been working my tail off at the gym and hiking every day this week. Eating very healthy. Decided to double my dosage today which will probably not please my doctor but I was at the end of my rope by the time I saw her (Weight Watchers twice, Nutrisystem, Keto....). Hopefully, a happy post forthcoming"

   
2.0

Bea (taken for less than 1 month) April 4, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "On month three of Qsymia. Pop tastes flat so that sucks but honestly it’s a good habit to kick anyway. I’m 5ft2, 27 years old, started at 205lbs and after month 1 weighed in at 188 lbs! I eat enough (1200 cal) am vegetarian, I just cut out sugary foods and stopped eating after 8pm. I have so much more energy. I’m currently at 166lbs. Goal weight by end of the year is 127 lbs. I do get the tingley feet and hands if I’m not drinking enough. BUBBLY sparkling water still tastes good to me if it is ice cold, so that makes me happy :). No other side effects."

   
10

Lex (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 12, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I have been on Qsymia for 2 months at first was very concerned about side effects but I haven’t really had any side effects and I have lost 12 pounds. Eating right is very important in my case I’m a truck driver so I get little exercise but I can honestly say I’m pleased with the medication even tho my taste buds are off but hey some off my clothes are starting to fit again..."

   
10

Reece (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 9, 2019

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Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate): "I've been taking Qsymia since October and I'm down about 35lbs. It's so true about no longer being able to drink ginger ale/soda. It taste like hot garbage if you even try. I did experience a little bit if the feet tingling but that was only when I didn't drink enough water, which I often have issues doing. I'm really bad keeping hydrated. Otherwise, the medication works well. No other side effects. My only issue is the cost. Insurance only covers so much."

TNYC (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 26, 2019

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"I’ve been on phentermine for about 2 months now and have lost 29 pounds. Had a dr appointment this morning and the added topamax. After reading the insert I am nervous to take it, but this thread has really helped. I'm just gonna take the plunge and give it a go. Started phentermine 1/1/2019 weighing 215lb as of today 2/22/2019 I weigh 186lb. Goal weight is 150lb oh and I’m 5’6 37 year old female. Will update once I start the topamax. Also wanted to add shop around for some good coupon deals"

   
6.0

Heatherlei0906 (taken for less than 1 month) February 22, 2019

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"I’m a female teenager and I first went on topamax for my migraines (50mg). My dr also gave me phentermine (30mg) to lose some weight because I was 203 pounds (5’6). Not exactly the healthiest for a teenager. Experienced side effects for topamax mostly tingly feet and hands, diarrhea, and some headaches to begin. Side effects on phentermine were a lot worse, I had a fast heart rate, high blood pressure, dizziness, anemia, constipation, dry mouth, metallic taste, pusitile tinnitus, and fever. Not all of these happen everyday but they come and go. The metallic taste in my mouth is all the time unless you drink water. The only good thing is I weigh 185 pounds. I’m not sure how long it took me to lose all of it but I definitely lost 10 pounds the first 14 days on phentermine. I didn’t exercise at all except I go to school and do a little gym class. I will start exercising and stop fasting so I can exercise. I’m willing to go through those side effects though to lose the weight."

   
7.0

Big G February 15, 2019

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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."

   
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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."

   
9.0

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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