Qsymia, one of the newest prescription diet drugs to receive FDA approval – which its manufacturer, Vivus, obtained in mid 2012 – has just been found to have additional benefits, as well. This medication is a combination of Phentermine and Topiramate extended release. A recent study indicated that beyond assisting with weight loss of more than 10 percent, it could also be linked with considerable systolic and diastolic blood pressure improvements.
Qsymia Can Help Patients Who Have Been Diagnosed as Obese with Hypertension
This could be very important news for obese patients who are also suffering with hypertension (high blood pressure). So far, the results are only the subanalysis of a trial, but it does indicate that there is enough promise to conduct further study into this potential benefit of the drug.
Among the participants of a CONQUER trial conducted by University of Chicago’s George Bakris, M.D., and colleagues, almost half of those who were overweight or obese shed at least 10 percent of their body weight when using a higher dose of the drug when compared to 1 percent on a placebo. These findings were in line with the intended purpose of the medication. However, the researchers also reported at an American Society of Hypertension meeting that average blood pressure among the participants using Qsymia and who lost a minimum of 10 percent of body weight fell by 11 to 12 mm Hg systolic, as well as by 7 to 8 mm Hg diastolic.
Among the patients who lost 5 to 10 percent of their body weight with the use of either a high or lower dose of Qsymia – one quarter of the subjects – the blood pressure reduction was an average of 8/6 mm Hg.
What Experts Have to Say About Qsymia and Hypertension
According to Dr. Bakris, among the prescription weight loss drugs that are currently available, Qsymia is well tolerated and safe, particularly at lower doses, and it has not been linked with higher cardiovascular risk. This is important, as its inclusion of Phentermine has caused many to suspect that higher heart risks could result, as has occurred in the past, such as in the now banned Fen-Phen compound.
Though there is a risk of increased heart rate when using Qsymia, this averaged at under 1 bmp throughout the various weight loss categories in the analysis of this study. It is still in need of a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS). Further study beyond this Vivus funded research will also be required and will help to determine precisely how obese and overweight patients – particularly those with hypertension – might be able to benefit from this medication.
How Qsymia Helps with Weight Loss
First and foremost, this is a diet pill, so you are probably wondering how it works at helping people slim down with greater ease and speed. According to the Qsymia website, it is actually surprisingly simple.
- All you have to do is take one pill once a day. That’s easy enough, right? No complicated dosing schedule to have to adhere to!
- The Phentermine that is in the pill will be a quick release medication that starts working right away to reduce your appetite. You will end up feeling fuller than you otherwise would, and when you are not feeling as hungry, you will end up eating less overall throughout the day, thereby consuming fewer calories. That, over time, can help you lose weight because you will burn more calories than you are taking in, particularly if you are leading an active lifestyle that includes exercising at least a few times a week.
- The Topiramate in the Qsymia pills will work in an extended release manner. This ingredient really works on tricking your body into thinking that you are full and satisfied, even though you are eating less. And, this ingredient will continue working throughout the day to keep giving you the ability to resist cravings. Beyond that, you might notice that this ingredient also works to change the way certain foods taste. When those foods aren’t as pleasant in flavor, you will be less inclined to each so much of them. End result: more weight loss!
Sounds pretty good, right? The key to using this prescription diet pill successfully, though, lies in your ability to not only take it as directed, but also to eat right and exercise while you are using it.
Could Qsymia Be Right for You?
After reading all about Qsymia, you might be wondering if it would be the ideal option for you, especially if you have been diagnosed as overweight or obese with hypertension. You want to be able to take a diet pill that will be safe for you, especially if you do have hypertension, so this might be just what you need to derive all of the benefits that can help bring your body back into a state of balance.
Ultimately, though, it will be up to your doctor to decide if this prescription is right for you, so definitely make an appointment to have a consultation about it, to discuss the pros and cons of Qsymia for hypertension, and to learn about any available alternatives if this product is not really right for you after all.