Qsymia anyone?

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julieanne71

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 11:38
Soooo I hesitate to bring up a weight loss pill (gasp!) because people get up on their high horses about losing weight naturally, no chemicals etc. But I'm bringing it up anyway dammit!

I took Phentermine years ago and had very good success with it - but one glaring exception. I was a smoker at the time and it at least doubled my # of cigarettes per day. NOT GOOD. I kept the 40 or so lost pounds off for a couple of years, then started to slide back into old habits, quit smoking, got divorced, moved away, all that fun stuff. No excuses: I allowed myself to backslide.

Fast forward about 7 years: extremely happily married, gained back all that 40 lbs plus a few more. Am miserably unhappy with myself - I feel like I look like s##t and had previously decided the best way to handle it was to "embrace my curves and just love myself for who I am." Translated: denial denial denial.

Then a trip to my doctor last week and a conversation about Qsymia got me thinking. Doc and I have talked about losing weight for a couple of years now and I asked him to let me try the pill. Its due to come in the mail any day now. I'm interested, a bit excited, and a lot scared.

Its part phentermine and part toporimax (sp?) and I am happy to see that the phentermine dosage is quite low (the old pills were 37.5mg which blasted me out of my skull and these are at most 7mg whew).

The max time on the pill is 3 months. Here's my thinking: its a jump start. I started walking at lunch and after work yesterday (starting gradually obviously), logged myself back in to FS yesterday too. Baby steps.

I know HOW to eat right and exercise, I just have to do it. I JUST WANT TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF AND STOP HATING WHAT I SEE IN THE MIRROR.

Has anyone taken the pill? Results? Anything? Please don't lecture - I just needed to get this off my chest. I'm tired of the self-loathing.
Spacey47

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 11:42
Go for it they sound great
SELouisiana

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 11:53
I have not tried that before but if you feel it will give you the jump start you need to get moving and keep moving then im totally for it. Youve already discussed it with your doctor AND youre reaching out to get support and additional info on here. I think you are on the right track with starting over with your program. Give an update on how it works too! Great luck to you! You can do this!!
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julieanne71

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 12:33
Smile Thanks to both of you Spacey47 and SELouisiana.
Carb Tracker...

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 14:34
High Horse? Moi? No. I haven't even heard of it. I'm changing my way of life so I DON'T have to take anything. Medication for weight loss is a personal choice. Being overweight is unhealthy. Truthfully, I would never consider taking it, but that's me. If you feel you need it for a jump start and the side effects and test results are within your comfort zone, then that might be what is best for you. Hey, you quit smoking so I know you have the ability to stick to it. Good luck whatever you choose!

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
bickbch

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 14:44
Please let us know how it works.
julieanne71

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 14:46
Gina I read your paragraph in your bio and it really made me laugh (I hope that was your intentSmile I like your 'tude. Thanks for responding. I don't "do" message boards much and appreciate your input.
Carb Tracker...

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 17:20
Julieanne,
Indeed, that was my intent. Life is too short to be serious all the time! Hope you'll let us know how it works!

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
Gem11

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Posted: 29 Apr 2013, 07:52
I have been on Qsymia since February 9th. Couple of things. Well, first the bottom line that you are all looking for, I have lost 23 pounds (or 10%) with most of that coming quite quickly. Now, I struggle to get another pound, but it's not going up.

Better news from my perspective, my average morning blood sugar (yep, diabetic with just oral meds) has dropped 30 points from being in the 140's and even 150's to 120's and even teens. My opinion on that mechanism is that the Qsymia drives the change in diet which drives the change in blood sugar, not just the med lowering the reading.

Starting out, I could feel the 'speed' effect of the drug. Less so now. They actually start you on a lower dose for two weeks with the standard protocol and then take you up to the standard dosage. i don't know if I should seek still a higher dose, but I'm truly not eating that much these days and quite honestly, it's NOT a struggle. In order to coax the scale down, I have just started adding exercise, too.

Gee, diet (with a little pharmaceutical help) and exercise - what a concept.

Anyway, it's working for me. I have chosen to not share the info that I'm taking the drug with anyone - except my lady-friend. I don't know, it would seem like I'm telling people that I'm cheating on the diet. And although I've lost about three inches from my waist, my coworkers haven't noticed or at least have not commented on it. I suppose that also says I have more to go.
danamarielee

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Posted: 25 Aug 2013, 18:28
I started Qsymia June 15th. As of this morning I am down 15 lbs. I started with the 3.75 and then went up to the next 7.5 but did not like how it made me feel. So my Doctor and I decided to stay on the 3.75 to see how I would do. It is a slower weight loss but I feel great!! and I think 15 lbs is pretty good for just over 2 months!. I will say though... I do exercise 5-6 days a week for 40 mins if not more, and I have changed my eating habits drastically. But I started the exercise and diet change about 6 months before I started Qsymia and lost only 3 lbs. That is why my Doc ( who I see monthly while on Qsymia) suggested it for me. The only thing now is my blood pressure ( I have had high blood pressure for 4 years and on meds for) Is starting to go higher Sad I am hoping my doc adujusts my meds before she takes me off Qsymia first. I only have about 11 lbs to go to get where I would like to be before I get off. I hope everyone is having as much success as I feel I have. I have had just had a bit of tingly hands and feet during workouts as side affects . and I think it works great as an appetite surrpresant the longer you take it. Also drink lots of water!
Glaun

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Posted: 25 Aug 2013, 20:31


User comments and side effects
http://www.drugs.com/comments/phentermine-topiramate/


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https://www.qsymia.com/money-saving-offers.aspx

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kingkeld

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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 06:56
What keeps you from losing weight is the fact that you are consuming more calories than you burn, or at best breaks even.

Sure, a pill might reduce your appetite. It might do things that will make you drop excess fluids. it might give you weight loss.

Will it give you FAT loss? Fat loss comes from fewer calories consumed than burned, so unless the "magic pill" in some way does this for you, I'd say that it will NOT give you FAT loss, and thus it would be pointless.

But what do you learn from it? The actual weight loss is the less important thing - the more important being to learn from the journey in order to not just lose the excess fat, but avoid gaining weight afterwards.

If you simply pop a pill, you won't learn much, will you?

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- Kingkeld.
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I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
Gem11

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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 19:41
King, Congratulations on your results. I'm glad that you found an approach that is working for you. In the context, I don't understand your question as to whether "a pill" can give you a FAT loss. You're acknowledging that it could reduce your appetite AND fat loss comes from consuming fewer calories than burned. Doesn't it follow that if you have a reduced appetite - and EAT LESS (which equals fewer calories), then you would have a FAT loss -- all other things being equal??

I'll also acknowledge that your question whether you learned how to keep the weight off is reasonable.

PS My weight loss is up to about 30 pounds BUT I'm on a major plateau.
kingkeld

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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 22:36
If the pill truly makes you consume less calories, then yes - you'd lose weight. We can easily agree on that.
If the pill "just" sheds excess fluids, etc. - then you lose the wrong weight.

However, my point is that you don't LEARN anything from taking a pill. Most people bounce back to their original weight - and then some - after these pill diets. The reason is IMO that when we choose these shortcuts, we don't learn from it.

I have been on a gazillion diets like everyone else here. Nothing worked long term until I educated myself. Knowledge is power, as it is so often said.

Once I learned about the foods I eat, once I started registering my meals, once I focused on my mission instead of just popping a pill or followed some impossible food regiment, this is when I started losing weight.

This is why I wouldn't - ever - recommend a diet pill. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt - only it didn't fit because I gained MORE weight. Smile

Of course, it's up to you. Regardless of your choice I wish you well on your weight loss journey. Let us know how it works if you go for it. Again, knowledge is power.

Regarding the plateau - no pill will help you there if it TRULY is a plateau and not just you eating too much. There are ways around it. I am not sure if my Indulgence Diet (see my bio page) is right for you in this case, but maybe it's worth looking into.

Keld.

Visit my website: www.tabdig.info

"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
LoganMommy

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Posted: 02 Oct 2013, 12:23
My doctor just prescribed this to me. Has anyone else had any good results?
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Glaun

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Posted: 02 Oct 2013, 13:40
Kingkeld = Correct. His post is well worth reading to remind us that there is no easy solution to being overweight!

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ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 02 Oct 2013, 18:46
Hi LoganMommy... you seem to have your doubts if you're asking if there are good results. It will work to a point then stop. From what I've seen and heard from others who have taken diet pills, they gain the weight back again because they've not learned what we all need to learn. How to eat healthy and moderately. Keld is right. As Glaun said, read his post. Keld has lost over 160lbs. Personally.... I'd listen to him vs a doctor who probably never had a weight problem. Get advice from someone who has walked the walk. If you can find someone who has taken the pill and has maintained their loss without it, give it a shot. But know that you still have to watch what you eat.



Goal: 160 by 5/1/2014--Okay... I didn't make it. Such is life.
155 or less by 9/1/2014

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mummydee

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Posted: 02 Oct 2013, 20:10
I'm sorry, I have a hard time taking someone seriously who is interested in a diet pill but consumes MacDonalds while taking Herbalife products. Really?
Someone else on another thread couldn't understand why they're on a plateau while consuming 7 servings of cookies (14 cookies) for a snack!

Really people. If you truly want to lose weight, get a grip. Stop looking for magic pills, quick starters, or hugs from fellow people here when you're not truly giving it a real effort to learn how to lose and sustain it for life.
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 02 Oct 2013, 21:25
Well said Mummy.



Goal: 160 by 5/1/2014--Okay... I didn't make it. Such is life.
155 or less by 9/1/2014

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mummydee

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Posted: 03 Oct 2013, 04:55
from a website on the above mentioned diet pill
"Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: Been very patient with this medication with high hopes but after 6 months I stopped as I only lost 3 lbs. For whatever reason I couldn't resist the binges. Appetite seemed about the same so maybe I just have to focus more on more natural methods."
"Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate) for Weight Loss: I was on it for about two weeks hoping some of the side effects would get better as I did lose my cravings to eat sugars, but I had these foggy type headaches alot of the time, could not fall asleep at night anymore which made me grumpy and irritable. Plus I always had this weird taste in my mouth that just wouldnt go away. I just didnt think it was good for me to have these issues going on."
"My appetite decreased a bit as well, no weight loss though. Then I got on the regular dose and my anxiety has worsen, I don't have an appetite or cravings which causes me to miss meals and I get headaches. I have a cotton/dry mouth, metal taste in my mouth, insomnia, back pain, it's been a week and a half, I've lost 6lbs with regular exercise,"

and from positive posts, i'd love to hear a follow up to see if any of them kept the weight off after finishing the pills. I am sure most went back to their old eating habits and slowly gained the weight back plus some, this is what happens with these or any 'magic pill".



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