- Diet & Weight Loss
Qnexa - Newest Weight Loss Drug on the Market
Best Weight Loss - New Qnexa
Weight is really a balancing act between the numbers of calories you consume versus the number of calories you burn; so how to lose weight effectively is a question many people would like answered. Vivus Inc. has developed a new diet medication called Qnexa, which has been approved by the FDA and is on the market. This drug was initially rejected by the FDA in 2010. Outside advisers to the FDA voted 20 to 2 in favor of approval of this new drug. The FDA does not have to abide by this vote, but they usually do.
Vivus Inc’s market value soared by 80% the day after this recommendation. Diet medications, whether over-the-counter or a prescription, are a multi-million dollar business as people are desperately seeking an effective or easier way to lose weight.
Obesity "muffin weight"
Obesity Epidemic In the U. S.
Scientists had searched for nearly a century to find a weight loss drug without side effects, which has been a huge challenge. Here are 75 million obese people in the U.S., which is an obesity rate of almost 35%. Obesity causes diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, heart disease, arthritis and other serious medical problems. Most people that are obese have tried every type of diet that has been advertised or written about, and they are still unsuccessful.
The problem for researchers has been the way our bodies work in storing calories or fat. Human beings are programmed to consume calories and store them for energy or fat, so when we reduce our intake this biological mechanism signals our brains to store more calories, Drug companies have tried to develop a drug that will block that brain signal associated with food cravings and the storage of fat.
Qnexa Patient Study
Qnexa is a combination of two generic drugs that are already on the market:
- phentermine, a stimulant used for short periods to help control weight, and
- topiramate, typically used for migraines and seizures.
During the 28 week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study on 756 patients, the drug was effective in the loss of 9.2% of their weight as compared to people taking the placebo. The patients taking the higher doses of the medication lost more weight. The drug was well tolerated by most patients; however, some of the side effects associated with this drug were itching, dry mouth, constipation, memory loss, altered taste, higher heart rates and blood pressure. Depression was also noted but the number was equal to the placebo group. The patients in the study group were allowed to exercise three times weekly and they were given a diet which was 500 less calories than a normal diet.
Diet Drug Approval by FDA Rare
The last time the FDA approved a diet medication was 13 years ago, and it has withdrawn many diet drugs from the market due to concerns about side effects. The panel that voted for this medication felt the health risk of obesity and the benefits of weight loss outweighed the risks of the drug. This diet medication is recommended for obese adult with at least one comorbidity, which include hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia.
According to Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center stated, “desperate times call for desperate measures.”
Qnexa, Previously Rejected, Now Receives Recommendation for FDA Approval from Experts
Monitoring Weight Loss
Generally people want to lose weight fast. The ideal weight loss philosophy as described by Mayo Clinic means understanding the necessity of burning more calories than you take in; you can set your weight loss goals and develop your own weight loss program.
Obviously this is ideal, but easier said than done. Weight lose diets can work if you adhere to a plan and one of the tools that can make you successful is journaling every single thing you eat each day. You will be surprised how little bites of something can add up to a larger calorie intake than you realized. The ideal diet plans to keep it off is 2-3 pounds for week, which is advocated in Weight Watchers.
Some employers are now paying for their employees to join weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers, as this benefits the employer by cutting down of their health care costs. Obesity is a serious problem and there are numerous available programs to assist an individual.
There are also numerous over-the-counter diet medications, as well as, prescriptions. Will Qnexa be the answer to the question of “How to Lose Weight?” Only time will answer that question.
Have you dieted and what worked for you?
- 22% I exercise and watch my weight closely, so I don't diet.
- 33% I have been on multiple diets but always gain back the weight.
- 11% I have lost weight through a program such as Weight Watchers.
- 0% I lost weight with a low fat diet and exercise.
- 0% I lost weight following a low carbohydrate diet.
- 11% I lost weight by using protein drinks.
- 11% I lost weight with over the counter diet pills.
- 0% I have had some type of surgery for weight loss.
- 0% I have lost weight with prescrtiption drugs.
- 0% I have lost weight strickly through exercise.
- 11% I have used most of the diets listed to lose weight at different times in life.
This poll is now closed to voting.
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby