Dr Lipman Shows You the Side Effects of Qsymia
What are The Possible Side Effects of Qsymia?
Common Side Effects Include:
*Numbness or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or face (Paraesthesia)
*Change in the way foods taste or loss of taste (dysgeusia)
*Mood changes, Trouble Thinking, Concentration, and Insomnia
Less Common Side Effects Include:
*Qsymia may cause depression or mood problems, and trouble sleeping. Tell your healthcare provider if symptoms occur.
*Concentration, memory, and speech difficulties. Qsymia may affect how you think and cause confusion, problems with concentration, attention, memory or speech.
*Increases of acid in bloodstream (metabolic acidosis). If left untreated, metabolic acidosis can cause brittle or soft bones (osteoporosis, osteomalacia, osteopenia)
*Can slow the rate of growth in children, and may possibly harm your baby if you are pregnant.
*Not feel hungry (loss of appetite)-- a side effect and an effect
*Feel changes in heartbeat--rapid heart beat, a mild effect and common, little to no blood pressure effect
*Decreased sweating and increased body temperature (fever). People should be watched for signs of decreased sweating and fever, especially in hot temperatures. Some people may need to be hospitalized for this condition.
Adverse Effects Leading to Stopping Treatment:
Here are the adverse effects that led subjects to stopping the treatment. Not the worse effect was blurred vision
that occurred in 2.1% of subjects and was not related to dose of the drug. Headaches, irritability, paraesthesias
and insomnia occurred in less than 2% of cases.
Most of the side effects seen above are dose related. i.e. the more you take the more the side
effects. Look at the "insomnia" and "anxiety" line where the side effects are 4-5 times more with
the 15/92 dose. Look how few side effect with the 3.75/23 dose, some even less than placebo.
This clearly re-enforces the old rule about medications, "always take the lowest, effective dose."
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The Side Effects
The side effects of Qsymia are not predictable by looking at the side effects of the components -phentermine and Topamax for two reasons.
The first reason is that the doses of each of the ingredients are much, much lower than used typically when the drugs are used alone.
Even the top dose of phentermine is only 15 mg which is less than 1/2 of the typical dose of 37.5 mg used in adipex- the most common
form of phentermine. Even children treated with topamax take up to 300 to 400 mf topamax a day. Note the top dose of topamax in Qsymia is only 92 mg.
The other reason you cannot use the side effects of the individual drugs to predict the side effects of the combination is that many of the
side effects cancel one another out. The drowsiness of topmax cancels the insomnia of phentermine. The irritability of phentermine is
reduced by the somnolence of topamanx. There are many other examples of this. The only way to evaluate the side effects of Qsymia is
to look at the drug as a whole. This is the side effects that were seen in the studies. Note the incidence of side effects were quite low.
Most of the side effects were less than 1.7%. However, in some people than can be distressing.
I have treated over 300 patients with Qsymia in the past year. My experience differs from the literature ra reported above. Unfortunately, I found a much high incidence of side effects in my patients. Nearly 20% pf
patients report side effects, usually sleepiness and lack of concentration due to the topamax. Other side effects I noted was numbness in the finger tips and some taste disturbances diet sodas. I found a few patients the Topmax caused depression.
In all, the drug is well tolerated. About 10-15% of patients had to stop the drug because of side effects.
Another 10% felt the weight loss results was not worth the cost of the medication. Patients that had
Side Effects Observed by Dr Lipman in Patients He Has Treated With Qsymia