The new weight loss drug Qysmia is a combination of Phenermine and topiramate, a drug used to treat epilepsy. While it may not be the miracle weight loss drug that many people are touting, it has been shown to be helpful with weight loss.
Qysmia is recommended only if you have a body mass index of at least 30 or if you have a body mass index of 27 or higher and have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or anyone with glaucoma or hyperthyroidism. If you are taking an MAOI anti-depressant or have an unstable heart condition, it is also not something you want to take.
This weight loss drug does have some side effects, like rapid heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, and dry mouth, as well as numbing and tingling in your limbs, dizziness, depression, nausea, memory problems, and slowed movement. Both medications in this weight loss pill cause loss of appetite, which is why it can be successful as a weight loss drug. However, the drug does not actually contain anything that causes you to lose weight or increases the rate at which you lose weight. Instead, it makes it so you are not hungry, thus eating less and losing weight quicker.
Qysmia is a prescription that you must get through your doctor.