The newest appetite suppressant medication, Qsymia, was released in September 2012. It is a combination of two medications: phentermine and topiramate. Topiramate is used because it helps decrease hunger and increase weight loss. It works together with the phentermine to promote weight loss.

Qsymia is a new FDA-approved prescription medicine that may help some adults who want to lose weight or have weight-related medical problems lose weight and keep the weight off. Qsymia should be used with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. 

Side Effects

Always talk to your doctor about potential side effects and which medications you are taking.  

Common side effects of Qsymia can include:

  • trouble sleeping
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • tingling
  • constipation
  • changes in how food tastes

You should not take Qsymia if you are pregnant or nursing, or may become pregnant. You should not use Benzphetamine if you have heart problems or heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, a history of drug abuse, or glaucoma. Benzphetamine can interact with several medications, so be sure to tell your doctor about all drugs you take. Prescription appetite suppressants like Qsymia should always be taken under doctor supervision.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience sudden vision changes, changes to mood, or a major increase in heart rate. 

Phentermine, Phendimetrazine, and Qsymia should NOT be used as a substitute for proper diet or exercise. For maximum effects, they must be used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and/or exercise. Any modifications in your diet, activity level, and behavior must be developed and continued long-term in order to continue losing weight and prevent the lost weight from returning. Transformyou will help you stay on track with your medical weight loss goals, checking in on you frequently regarding your general health, weight, etc. and adjusting your medical weight loss plan according to your needs.

All patients always work directly with one of our licensed physicians to ensure patient safety and confidentiality.

The Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) is a program developed to promote the public health and welfare by detecting diversion, abuse and misuse of prescription medications classified as controlled substances under the Arizona Uniform Controlled Substances Act.  Every Physician who possesses a DEA registration is required to also possess a CSPMP registration issued by the Arizona Board of Pharmacy. At transformyou, we adhere to Arizona's CSPMP policy before prescribing a controlled substance to any patient.