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5 Experts Answer: Could Qnexa Help You Lose Weight?
The weight loss drug Qnexa isِ likely toِ beِ approved byِ the Food andِ Drug Administration inِ the nextِ month, experts say.
Olveen Carrasquillo, chief ofِ general medicine atِ the University ofِ Miami Miller School ofِ Medicine: Qnexa, likeِ other suchِ agents, canِ definitely achieve short-term weight loss.
Then, doesِ it alsoِ result inِ improved health outcomes overِ the long term — lessِ diabetes, lessِ hypertension, improved health andِ functional status andِ lower mortality rates overِ several years.
David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine:
Yes, Quenexa] canِ help youِ lose weight.
Qnexa combines a stimulant drug withِ anِ anti-epilepsy drug.
For thoseِ facing bariatric surgery, itِ isِ anِ option worth considering, althoughِ not asِ effective.
Dr. Michael Aziz, internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City:
Qnexa combines phentermine (the otherِ halfِ of fen-phen) andِ topiramate (sold asِ Topamax).
When Qnexa wasِ compared withِ a placebo pill, weight loss patients thatِ were treated withِ Qnexa forِ two years showed reductions inِ blood pressure, inِ addition toِ positive improvement inِ lipid levels followingِ reductions inِ weight loss.
Topamax hasِ more] seriousِ side effects whichِ areِ described inِ drug safety inserts andِ they include: paresthesia orِ pins andِ needles, mostِ often inِ the arms orِ legs, fatigue, taste change, difficulty withِ concentration andِ weight loss.
Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, bariatric surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.
Any strategies toِ helpِ people lose weight shouldِ beِ seriously considered.
But] it’sِ oversimplifying toِ sayِ give everyoneِ Qnexa.
For theِ day toِ day reality ofِ taking care ofِ patients, weِ knowِ that youِ needِ a wholeِ array ofِ treatment options.