It has been quite some time since a New Diet Pill came out on the market and Qnexa is in line to be released sometime this year. I have a pretty good feeling a lot of people will be running to their doctors for a prescription. Not sure if it is a good or bad thing.
I was talking to one of my work friends on the phone the other day and we were discussing my Gastric Bypass Surgery. It is something she would love to have done, but unfortunately she has one of those insurance companies that does not cover the surgery. She then went on to tell me that she is waiting for this New Diet Pill to hit the market, which happens to be Qnexa.
She had mentioned that many years ago she did the Fen-Phen and had great success. Funny thing is so did I because I took those too. But the Fen-Phen craze was short lived and caused a lot of heart issues for those who took them and they were removed from the market. I still wonder if my Tachycardia is related to me taking those, but I will never know.
Anyway she was excited because one of the ingredients in the Qnexa is Phentermine which was one of the ingredients in Fen-Phen. Qnexa is a combination of two appetite-suppressing medications: phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine was previously combined with fenfluramine in Fen-Phen. Fenfluramine was supposedly the bad part of the Fen-Phen combo, but Phentermine is also the one linked to all the pulmonary and cardiovascular issues.
So what is the new ingredient in the Qnexa mix all about? Topiramate was originally an anti-seizure medication that is also used to prevent migraine headaches. It comes with some side effects on the central nervous system, including forgetfulness, confusion, and incoherent speech.
I am not gonna get all into the medical mumbo jumbo since I do not have a medical degree nor do I get paid the big bucks, but it made me think. After I got of the phone I sat back and said Thank God I do not have to weigh the pros and cons of this New Diet Pill, because if I did not make the decision to have Gastric Bypass I would no doubt be in line for a prescription.
Over the years I have tried them all – everything from the prescription pills to the over the counter ones looking for that magic pill to take the weight off. I have to add that the Xenical was the worst – that is the one that blocks the absorption of fat and you pay the price with scary accidents, gas and gross toilets (sorry had to say it). But of course I gave it a try regardless right?
I cannot pass judgement on anyone who is willing to try Qnexa because heck I probably would have too, but instead I went under the knife. Everything has its risks. BUT I will say that if you or someone you know is thinking about it – do your research first. I have read there have not been any long terms studies done on it and it was denied by the FDA first time around. If it is approved most of the new studies will be done after – meaning every one taking them will be the guinea pigs – that is just what I have read out there. Research, Research, Research.
Losing weight is not easy – we all know that. Everything out there from Diet Programs, Exercise, Weight Loss Surgeries, Diet Pills etc… none of them are overnight fixes. Sucks, but true.
Ok so there is my two cents, I feel better now – lol
Let me know what you think, leave a comment below….