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Qnexa FDA Approval

Qnexa Up For Approval: Would You Take a Diet Pill to Lose Weight?

Losing weight is hard work, so it's no wonder we're always on the lookout for the next big thing when it comes to a magic diet pill. The time may be now; the FDA will discuss this week whether to approve a new weight-loss pill called Qnexa.

Qnexa is a combination of two existing drugs: the appetite-suppressing phentermine — aka the safer half of the '90s weight-loss phenomenon phen-fen — plus topiramate, a drug normally used to treat migraines or seizures. Drug trials have shown that obese or overweight people on Qnexa lost more than six percent of their body weight and were more likely to keep it off than those who weren't on the drug.

While it looks like the drug meets the FDA's requirements when it comes to its effectiveness (an average loss of at least five percent of body weight), the agency already rejected Qnexa in 2010 over safety fears — including a higher risk of having a heart attack and possible birth defects if you take Qnexa while pregnant. But since the two drugs used to make Qnexa are currently FDA-approved, some doctors already prescribe the phentermine-topiramate combination to patients for weight loss.

Of course, this isn't the first time a diet pill's safety has been called into question, but what do you think? Do the risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to weight-loss drugs, or will you be first in line if Qnexa gets approved?

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Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 5 years
I'm very leery about taking pills in general, nevermind ones to lose weight.
amber512 amber512 5 years
@SaraNoH Exactly my point. So many side effects out there, why take unnecessary drugs? If I don't HAVE to take something, I don't.
SaraNoH SaraNoH 5 years
but nearly every drug has side effects--even if 1 person reports an effect they have to stick it on the label. Waiting for a weight-loss drug to NOT have ANY side effects is pointless, seeing as even simple, good drugs have them. I think weight-loss drugs get a bad rep due to stupid people.
amber512 amber512 5 years
It would have to be out for YEARS and have zero to no side effects for me to consider it.
babybeck76 babybeck76 5 years
I have never been what you call extremely obese but once I hit the "over 30" mark that's when getting weight off really was a huge challenge!! It' s frustrating as He** to eat right, and work out no less than 4 dys a weeks for hr 1/2 including strength training and the weight doesnt budge. I think it's the birth control pill I'm taking, so I can get the essure and the uteran ablation done within the next month? My weight has sat at 150, hasn't went up or down?? I should be about 125 being I'm 5'2". I am not small, I've always been stalky built!! My husband always wishes he had my calf muscles, the genetic torture I live dad gave me these huge calf muscles, along with big thighs although I love my legs!! Best asset on the body..So with that being said, I would love to get a hold of a pill such as this, I used to be able to take ephedrine for about a month and drop 10-15 lbs in no time!! The people that would take too much, and have a heart attack ruined it!! You obviously know what your body can handle, if you don't...hello you start slow to see how your body reacts..Any-who...That's my vent, they have my vote!!
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