Qnexa: The Next Weight Loss Wonder Pill?
When Dr. Oz featured raspberry ketones as one of the effective weight loss supplements, demand went through the ceiling. So much so, that finding the supplement in at health stores or pharmacies was virtually impossible. Another weight loss pill, Qnexa, could hit the market in a big way soon.
Like Raspberry Ketones, Qnexa was recently featured on Dr. Oz show. By the look of it, the drug may have little to no side effects, something that has eluded many weight loss drugs. Once dubbed a "miracle" weight loss drug, Fen Phen was taken off the market after being linked to some deadly side effects such as heart valve damage.
Interestingly, Qnexa contains one of the compounds that Fen Phen was made of, phentermine:
The combination of the drugs phentermine and topiramate (trade name Qnexa) is an investigational medication for the treatment of obesity and related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Qnexa is being developed by Vivus, a California pharmaceutical company Phentermine is an appetite suppressant and stimulant of the amphetamine and phenethylamine class. Topiramate is an anticonvulsant that has weight loss side effects. (Wikipedia)
As of this writing, Qnexais still pending approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug has already been rejected twice. The problem, it appears, is phentermine (one of the ingredients of Fen Phen). Totally understandable, considering with happened with Fen Phen. The other ingredient, topiramate, is not without issues either. Watch this video:
Anecdotal evidence appears to suggest that Qnexa actually works, and users claim to have had no side effects. If approved sales of this drug may exceed Pfizer's cholesterol drug Lipitor, according to some experts.
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