Feds and Meds

The FDA approves two groundbreaking drugs in one week

Qsymia Helps weight loss


Qsymia (formerly called Qnexa) combines phentermine, an appetite suppressant, and topiramate, a drug that controls epileptic seizures. Together, these meds work to suppress brain chemicals that trigger hunger. In a study, subjects taking Qsymia who ate a reduced-calorie diet and regularly exercised lost about 10% of their starting body weight over the course of a year.


People with a medical, not cosmetic, need for weight loss. According to the FDA, that means anyone who is obese--with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater--or overweight, with a BMI of 27...

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