FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IN WHICH CASES IS PHENTERMINE RECOMMENDED?
If you are obese, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, your doctor may find phentermine benefitial to you. If you have excess weight with a BMI greater than or equal to 27 and at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, your doctor may also prescribe phentermine. However, your healthcare professional will likely recommend other weight loss strategies in conjunction with your medication, such as exercise and a calorie-reduced diet.
WHAT SHOULD I STAY AWAY FROM WHILE ON PHENTERMINE AND TOPIRAMATE?
Other weight-loss products should not be used without consulting your doctor. Ketogenic diets, which are high in fat and low in carbohydrates, can increase the risk of metabolic acidosis. Avoid engaging with such diets while taking phentermine and topiramate.
Consuming alcohol while taking this medication may result in side effects.
Avoid driving or engaging in risky activities until you know how this medication will affect you, as your reactions may be hampered.
In hot weather, avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated. Topiramate can cause dehydration by decreasing sweating and increasing body temperature.
IS TOPAMAX EXPENSIVE?
One of the primary reasons for topamax's enduring popularity is its low cost. It is the most affordable drug in its class and is still the most commonly prescribed appetite suppressant in the United States.
Still, for people on a tight budget, the fact that many insurance companies refuse to cover anti-obesity drugs like topamax, or only cover them in limited circumstances, poses a problem.
Fortunately, there are several ways to get topamax 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.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL PHENTERMINE DOSAGE?
The typical daily dose of phentermine is 37.5 mg (one tablet). This can be administered in a single dose or divided into two doses (one in the morning and one at night). Recently, a new phentermine formulation (Lomaira) became available in smaller 8 mg doses that can be taken up to three times per day.
Due to the potential risks and side effects, you should try to stay on the lowest effective dose of phentermine for the shortest amount of time possible (the lowest dose that allows you to successfully lose weight).
WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR QSYMIA?
You should not take Qsymia if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or have become pregnant while taking Qsymia. Patients who have glaucoma, thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism) or have recently taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are not suitable for the medication. You should also not take Qsymia if you are allergic to topiramate, sympathomimetic amines such as phentermine, or any of the ingredients in Qsymia.
HOW CAN I GET PRESCRIPTIONS FOR PHENTERMINE/TOPAMAX IN NEW JERSEY?
At StudioMD Medical Aesthetics & Wellness Centers we know that choosing any weight loss treatment can be a daunting process, which is why we go that extra mile to ensure our patients are cared for every step of the way. please come in for a complimentary consultation to assess your unique needs and set up a treatment plan that works for you and your weight loss journey.
IS PHENTERMINE FOR WEIGHT LOSS FDA APPROVED?
Phentermine is approved by the US FDA as an anti-obesity drug only for short term, up to 12 weeks. On the other hand, the FDA has also approved the brand-named combination medication, Phentermine/Topiramate-CR (Qsymia), in 2012. And Qsymia is approved for long-term use up to a year or more.