Weight-loss Pill Qnexa Blessed by FDA Advisers

by Maria on February 26, 2012

A prescription weight loss diet pill Qnexa has been backed by FDA advisers for a potential approval for the first time in more than 1o years!

The news raises hopes that drug makers have finally found a weight loss diet pill to help millions of Americans considered overweight or obese.

What is QNEXA?

It is a combination of the anticonvulsant drug topiramate which increases the sense of feeling full and the stimulant phentermine which suppresses appetite.

Who makes it?

Vivus Inc., a California pharmaceutical company.

Weight loss and health benefits of Qnexa:

  • Clinical studies show it helps people shed 10 percent of their body weight
  • Seems to have positive effects on blood sugar and blood pressure

Dangerous side effects of Qnexa:

  • Memory loss
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Heart palpitation
  • Kidney stones
  • Birth defects

Qnexa is currently not approved for use in the United States. It was rejected by the FDA after a panel of medical experts found it was associated with the above mentioned dangerous side effects.

However, patients and doctors are often frustrated by the lack of middle ground options between traditional recommendations for diet and exercise and the more extreme approach of bariatric surgery.

The federal advisory panel of medical experts agreed that the health risks of obesity and the benefits of losing weight outweighed the risks posed by the drug and decided to recommend the controversial weight loss diet pill Qnexa for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Adults who are considered obese or who are overweight and have another weight-related condition like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol would be treated with the weight loss diet pill Qnexa.

The FDA is expected to make a final decision by April 17.

Critics say the search for an anti-obesity drug is nothing more than a search for a “magic bullet” cure for obesity to eliminate the need for making difficult lifestyle changes and a testimony to a profound societal failure to address the root causes of the obesity epidemic.

Prescription weight-loss diet pills should be used by persons that are more than 30% overweight – less than six months or in the short term, combined with healthy diet and exercise.

And, hey, why not try hypnosis as part of an integrated weight loss program? It can help you beat the negative habits and replace them with positive ones!

The bottom line: The decision of the FDA medical experts to endorse the controversial weight-loss drug QNEXA is a “desperate measure for desperate times”.

 

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