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FDA Approves New Weight Loss Pill

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The government has approved a new weight-loss pill designed to help people shed unwanted pounds.

New hope for people who've tried everything to lose weight.

For the second time since June the F.D.A. has approved a new prescription diet drug, called Qsymia.

"It looks like it's a combination of two drugs which are already on the market currently one is called phetermine which is an appetite suppressant we would categorize that as a anorexiant. The other drug is called topirimate which goes by the trade name of topimate it's used for a variety of different things. It's most common use for neurological disorder” said Kurt Hefner, Pharmacist at Kurt’s Pharmacy.

Patients in clinical trials lost an average of 23 pounds.

"Some people in the studies lost between 8 and 11 percent of their body weight. So there is a chance it will be very helpful for some of our patients likely not all of them” said Dr. Brad Gilman, Idaho Weight Loss.

Some consumer advocates are concerned about the drug's side effects, which could include an increased heart rate, hyperventilation, fatigue and anorexia. Concerns have also been raised about birth defects.

The pill must be prescribed by a doctor and can't be bought over the counter.

"That one I believe will hit the market in November they said by the fourth quarter” said Dr. Brad Gilman, Idaho Weight Loss.

Doctor Gilman said, you just can't take the pill and expect results.

You have to put your body on lifestyle changes, from dieting to exercising.

The drug is recommended for obese patients with a B.M.I over 27 with other weight-related health issues.


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