Does Qsymia cause depression?

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asked Nov 25, 2022 in Mental Health by Pinpanther (1,060 points)
Does Qsymia cause depression?

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answered Dec 29, 2022 by Withoutbinds (6,600 points)
Qsymia can and sometimes does cause depression in people as well as possible suicidal actions or thoughts.

If you experience depression or suicidal thoughts or actions while taking Qsymia you should let your doctor know.

Qsymia does affect your mood as taking Qsymia can cause side effects such as mood disorder, and other side effects such as sleep disorder, xerostomia, dizziness, depression, fatigue and increased serum creatinine.

When you stop taking Qsymia it takes your body time to get used to weaning off of it.

If you stop taking Qsymia too fast it can lead to possible seizures which can happen to anyone even if you're not prone to seizures.

You should always speak to your doctor before quitting Qsymia and you should not quit Qsymia cold turkey but instead gradually stop taking it.

You can take Qsymia every other day especially when you are stopping Qsymia.

You cannot and should not stop taking Qsymia cold turkey but instead you should gradually wean yourself off of the Qsymia by discontinuing the Qsymia of 15 mg/92 mg  by taking a dose every other day for a week before quitting Qsymia cold turkey.

Qsymia does not affect blood sugar and the maximum dose of Qsymia is safe and effective for people with type 2 diabetes.

You cannot and should not drink any alcohol while taking the medication Qsymia as alcohol interacts with Qsymia and can cause dizziness and sleepiness.

Qsymia can and does sometimes cause high blood pressure as well as dizziness in some people.

Other side effects of Qsymia include decreased sweating, slowed growth rate and weakened bones.

Qsymia can cause heart problems and also cause an increase in the resting heart rate.

If you're at risk of heart disease or cardiovascular disease or already have heart problems you should not take Qsymia.

People who should not use Qsymia are people at risk of cardiovascular disease or women who are of age to become pregnant.

If you plan to become pregnant you should not take or use Qsymia.

There is no generic for Qsymia although there are some alternatives that are similar.

When on Qsymia you usually stay on Qsymia for up to 2 weeks although your doctor may have you stay on it a bit longer if needed.

I stayed on Qsymia for 2 weeks.

When on Qsymia the amount of weight I lost while taking Qsymia was 24 lbs over a year.

The amount of weight that people lose while on Qsymia is 15 lbs over 5 to 6 months and around 24 lbs of weight are lost when on Qsymia over 1 year.

A medication that is similar to Qsymia is Lomaira, Adipex (phentermine).

Other medications that are similar to Qsymia are Wegovy, Xenical, Alli, Plenity, Contrave and Saxenda.

The cost of Qsymia at Walmart is $225.49 without a pharmacy discount and with SingleCare the price of Qsymia at Walmart is $198.81

You do need a prescription for Qsymia as Qsymia is by prescription only and not over the counter.

The best time to take Qsymia is in the morning with or without food.

Also when taking Qsymia be sure to drink plenty of water everyday to prevent dehydration as well as kidney stones.

Qsymia does begin working immediately after you begin taking it.

Qsymia is said to reduce your appetite which gives you all day control of your hunger.

The side effects of Qsymia include.

Numbness or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or face (paraesthesia)
Changes in the way foods taste or loss of taste (dysgeusia)
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Dry mouth.
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answered Jan 31 by erik-1993 (420 points)

Qsymia is a prescription weight-loss medication that contains two active ingredients: phentermine, an appetite suppressant, and topiramate, an anticonvulsant medication that affects nerve signaling in the brain. While Qsymia has been effective for many people in helping them lose weight, there have been concerns raised about its potential side effects, including depression.

Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. It can also lead to changes in sleep patterns, changes in appetite, and a lack of energy.

There is some evidence to suggest that Qsymia may cause depression in some people. One study found that depression was a common side effect of Qsymia, with up to 11% of patients reporting symptoms of depression while taking the medication. Another study found that patients who took Qsymia had an increased risk of depression compared to those who took a placebo.

It is not completely understood why Qsymia may cause depression, but it is believed to be related to the way the medication affects the brain. Phentermine is a stimulant that increases the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine, which are responsible for regulating mood. Topiramate, on the other hand, has been shown to alter the balance of these neurotransmitters and lead to changes in mood.

It's important to note that depression is a complex condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, life stressors, and medical conditions. While Qsymia may play a role in some cases of depression, it is not the only factor.

If you are taking Qsymia and experiencing symptoms of depression, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider. They can help you determine the cause of your symptoms and provide you with appropriate treatment options. In some cases, adjusting the dose of Qsymia or switching to a different weight-loss medication may be recommended. Consider exploring online medical weight loss programs as a supplement to your weight loss journey.

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