In clinical studies, Qsymia helped people who were overweight and obese to lose weight. In these studies, up to 70 percent of people taking Qsymia for a year lost at least 5 percent of their body weight, and up to 48 percent of people lost at least 10 percent of their weight.
In comparison, 21 percent of those taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients) had lost at least 5 percent of their weight after a year, while only 7 percent had lost at least 10 percent of their previous weight.
It should be noted that everyone in the study also consumed a low-calorie diet and increased their physical activity.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Qsymia include the following:
- Qsymia comes in the form of a capsule. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take Qsymia with or without food. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach.
- You should take your dose in the morning, as taking it later in the day could cause insomnia.
- Take this medication at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- Do not stop taking Qsymia suddenly, as doing so could cause serious problems, such as seizures. If you no longer need it, your healthcare provider may want to gradually reduce your dose.
- Qsymia is used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise program. Make sure to follow your complete weight loss program for the best results.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Taking more than the recommended amount could increase your risk for serious side effects.
The dose of Qsymia your healthcare provider recommends will vary, based on several factors, including:
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Qsymia Dosage for more information.)