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Qsymia: Oral capsule, extended release

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What is this medicine?

Phentermine; topiramate (FEN ter meen; toe PYRE a mate) is a combination of two medicines used with a reduced calorie diet and exercise to help you lose weight.

This medicine is only available through certified pharmacies enrolled in a special program. Your healthcare professional will tell you where you can get your medicine. If you have additional questions, you can visit the manufacture's website at www.QsymiaREMS.com or contact them by phone at 1-888-998-4887.

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Qsymia: Oral capsule, extended release
Usage by Gender
81.04%
18.96%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
0.48%
23.85%
58.56%
17.12%
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Average Scores
Easy to Take: 4.2 / 5
Works as Intended: 4.2 / 5
Tolerable: 4.2 / 5

Qsymia works great for me
i started the lower dosage 3 75 in May 22 by June 19 I lost 19lbs. I have been on the higher dosage 7 5 for 2 mths now and have lost a total of 30lbs. I changed my diet and work out 3 4 days a week.
Helpful: 0
Unhelpful: 0
anonymous
August 04, 2017
From: holbrook, NY
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Disagree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Slow and Steady
The first few days at 3.75 I was agitated then sleepy and thought I'd never be able to adjust to this medication, another disappointment. After 5 days I got used to it and by the 2nd week I was feeling fine, good actually. So, I was a bit worried about increasing the dosage to the next level for the next month. However, I had no side effects and the weight began to come off. I have more energy, less cravings and one unanticipated side effect is that my chronic pain has subsided to a more managable level that nothing the pain doctors gave me could accomplish. Anyway, I'm not famished all the time, I'm not craving sweets and carbs all the time, I'm eating more salads and am satiated after meals . When I snack it's one thing not the entire bag of something and often it's fruit , not a brick of cheese or ice cream. I've eaten that and it made me feel sick. The med has also helped with my anger generated and or pain frustration binge eating. I'm loosing weight very slowly which is good especially bc I'm not diet moody, starving nor am I feeling deprived. I was certain, from past experience with Topamax that I'd be hungry and tired all the time but it's not happening. yay.
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 0
HappyHolly
July 20, 2015
From: Boston, MA
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Agree


you still need to do the work
no drug is a miracle. you still need to do the work. Yes you may have some weight loss but if you don't exercise and eat right it will stop. this is a tool to help you but you still have to learn proper eating and maintain a healthy lifestyle or you will regain it back. I am on this on it is very expensive. If you take this as directed you can have great success.
Helpful: 7
Unhelpful: 1
CVS Customer
July 04, 2014
From: OUTSIDE CHICAGO, IL
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Not Sure


Really works
I started taking this medication as directed about 4 weeks ago, along with starting a healthier diet. I found I'm a little sleepy during the day. But other than that everything is great. It really controls my appetite all day.
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
June 24, 2014
From: Lake Charles, LA
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Agree


Works wonders
A week after taking this i lost 8 lbs and i continuously lose 2 lbs a week. There is a huge loss of appetite for me but that just adds to the weight loss as well. Im excited to see where ill be weight wise at the end of the year. Im extremely hopefull.
Helpful: 13
Unhelpful: 0
Morton
April 30, 2014
From: Houston, TX
Age: 25-34
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


2 lbs a week!
I've experienced a consistent weight loss of 2 lbs per week by doing nothing other than taking this med. Finally something that works! Negatives, rare palpitations and the cost since insurance doesn't cover any of the cost.
Helpful: 17
Unhelpful: 0
Anonymous
February 20, 2014
From: Beaumont, TX
Age: 25-34
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Agree