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  • foretherun foretherun Apr 27, 2013 7:01 AM Flag

    FDA/DEA don't care about sucide in Qsymia. Wonder why??? DEA con job for sure

    Qsymia can cause serious side effects, including:
    Birth defects (cleft lip/cleft palate). If you take Qsymia during pregnancy, your baby has a higher risk for birth defects called cleft lip and cleft palate. These defects can begin early in pregnancy, even before you know you are pregnant. Women who are pregnant must not take Qsymia. Women who can become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test before taking Qsymia and every month while taking Qsymia and use effective birth control (contraception) consistently while taking Qsymia. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to prevent pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking Qsymia, stop taking Qsymia immediately, and tell your healthcare provider right away. Healthcare providers and patients should report all cases of pregnancy to FDA MedWatch at 1-800-FDA-1088, and the Qsymia Pregnancy Surveillance Program at 1-888-998-4887.
    Increases in heart rate. Qsymia can increase your heart rate at rest. Your healthcare provider should check your heart rate while you take Qsymia. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience, while at rest, a racing or pounding feeling in your chest lasting several minutes when taking Qsymia.
    Suicidal thoughts or actions. Topiramate, an ingredient in Qsymia, may cause you to have suicidal thoughts or actions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you: thoughts about suicide or dying; attempts to commit suicide; new or worse depression; new or worse anxiety; feeling agitated or restless; panic attacks; trouble sleeping (insomnia); new or worse irritability; acting aggressive, being angry, or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; an extreme increase in activity or talking (mania); other unusual changes in behavior or mood.
    Serious eye problems, which include any sudden decrease in vision, with or without eye pain and redness or a blockage of fluid in the eye causing increased pressure in the eye (s

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    • How many patients on Qsymia have committed suicide? None that I've heard of.

      How many women on Qsymia actually had children with birth defects where it was proven to be Qsymia and the child wouldn't have had birth defects without Qsymia?

      My point is, there is a big difference between what COULD happen and what DOES happen. Remember, this argument goes both ways as Belviq is not free from side effects either (although less serious than Qsymia). For that matter, since nobody on Belviq has died from cancer, should we declare that Belviq prevents cancer, or do we simply acknowledge that it was their genetic makeup and lifestyle that kept them cancer-free? Similarly, it is the genetic makeup and lifestyle that cause the so-called "potential" side-effects. In reality, we don't know whether the side effects would have occurred in Qsymia or Belviq patients anyway, even if they weren't on the drug.

      There could also be a link between the situation that caused them to be obese and the side effect they experienced - that had nothing to do with the drug whatsoever. That situation could be the common factor that resulted in a higher than average incidence of the side effect than in the general population. So while side effects are a significant concern, don't rely too heavily on them as they were never isolated to the drug as being the cause.

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