Qsymia Uses

How Does This Medicine Work?

As mentioned, Qsymia contains two medications, phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine is a weight loss medicine that is chemically related to amphetamines. It is thought to work primarily by increasing the release of certain naturally occurring substances in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that helps control appetite. This action helps to suppress appetite and decrease the amount of food a person eats.
It is not entirely clear how topiramate, the other active ingredient in Qsymia, helps with weight loss. It is thought that the medication primarily works in the brain to suppress appetite and enhance feelings of fullness.  

Is It Safe for Children to Use Qsymia?

This drug has not been adequately studied in children, and is not approved for use in individuals younger than 18 years of age. Topiramate, one of the active ingredients in Qsymia, has caused potentially serious side effects in children, including:
  • Glaucoma (an eye condition)
  • Decreased sweating and fever
  • Metabolic acidosis (a potentially serious problem that occurs when there is too much acid in the blood)
  • Problems with mood and thinking
  • Brain problems
  • Kidney stones.
Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in children.  

Can Older Adults Use It?

There were not enough older adults in Qsymia clinical trials to say for certain whether older adults will respond to or tolerate this medicine any differently than younger individuals. In general, this medication should be used cautiously in older adults. Lower doses may be needed, especially in older adults with kidney or liver disease.

Off-Label Uses for Qsymia

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than weight loss. This would be known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-established off-label uses for Qsymia.
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