FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT TYPE OF MEDICATION IS PHENTERMINE?
Phentermine is a stimulant that can only be obtained with a prescription. Because of the risk of dependence, phentermine is classified as a controlled substance. It has a similar chemical structure to the stimulant amphetamine, which is also a controlled substance. Phentermine is currently available as a standalone medication under the brand names Adipex-P, Lomaira, and Suprenza. It's also found in weight-loss combination medications like Qsymia, which combines phentermine with another drug called topiramate.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO TAKE PHENTERMINE AND TOPIRAMATE?
It is very important that you read all medication guides and follow all directions on your prescription label. You'll likely be instructed to take phentermine first thing in the morning, with or without food. While taking phentermine and topiramate, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and kidney stones.
If you have not lost a certain amount of weight within the first 12 weeks, your doctor may change your dose or tell you to stop taking this medication. Pay close attention to your doctor's dosing instructions and keep in mind that you must also adhere to a low-calorie diet.
IS QSYMIA COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Some insurance companies cover Qsymia as an obesity treatment, but the majority do not.
Approximately one-third of insurance companies cover all FDA-approved weight loss medications, another third covers some drugs in limited circumstances, and the remaining third does not cover any pharmaceutical therapy for obesity.
In most states, Medicaid and other government insurance programs do not cover Qsymia or any other anti-obesity medication.
Fortunately, there are several ways to get Qsymia for a lower price, even if your insurance does not cover it. Come in for a consultation at StudioMD so we can discuss your treatment budget.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN I EXPECT TO LOSE WITH TOPAMAX?
This is determined by your excess weight and your ability to adjust your diet while taking phentermine. Recent studies found that nearly 86 percent of overweight people who took phentermine for 14 weeks lost more than 5% of their body weight. Another study focused on people who were obese (but not overweight) and used phentermine for a 12-week course. It was found that almost 96 percent of them lost more than 5% of their body weight, and 62 percent of the same group lost more than 10% of their body weight.
DOES PHENTERMINE/TOPIRAMATE HAS ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Because there have been few long-term studies on the safety of phentermine, it is currently only recommended for short-term use. However The FDA has approved phentermine in combination with topiramate for long-term use because the combined doses are lower than the maximum doses of the two drugs. The most common side effects of phentermine and combined phentermine and topiramate include dry mouth, sleep problems, dizziness, heart palpitations, skin flushing, fatigue, constipation, irritability, nausea and vomiting.