SparkPeople QSYMIA Team Messageboard Specifically for people who are taking Qsymia. SparkPeople QSYMIA Team Messageboard Newbie to the Qsymia Group! Hi! I am on Day 5 of Qsymia and very hopeful that I will finally be able to drop this weight that is harming my body. I am 53; married for 25 years, mom of 3. I live in NE Oklahoma. I need to lose 75 pounds to get into the healthy BMI range and would like to lose at least 80. My weight loss problem is that my brain always "thinks" I am hungry even though my stomach is uncomfortably full. I have been that way all my life. Just telling me "just don't eat as much" is like telling my diabe... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:07:24 EST Anyone still active here? Hi everyone! I've been on SparkPeople for years but have never actually posted in a team! My endocrinologist just prescribed Qsymia and I'm wondering what to expect. <em>334</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:56:03 EST How do you get teams on the phone app? So I mostly use spark on my phone but I do not see how I can chat with my teams on my phone app. I don't even see how I can access them. I started using the app more than the computer so it is rare that I log on through the computer anymore. I was wondering if anyone knows why there is no access to teams on the app? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:36:25 EST One Year on Qsymia I don't post much but I wanted to give an update on my experience and results with Qsymia for anyone who might be considering this option or who is just starting out. Keep in mind, I am a professional dieter...I have tried them all and been successful with most. Losing the weight isn't the hard part usually. Keeping it lost is...LOL. But I never give up and I'm an eternal optimist. <BR> <BR> I started Qsymia exactly a year ago with a realistic goal to lose a pound a week. When I checked... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 23:41:42 EST What exercise are you doing today? So today I did zumba core on my wii for 45 minutes, though I only put 30 in my counter because I was at the beginner level and I don't thing I burned that many calories so I only put in 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> For diet I ate Special K with skim milk for breakfast and lunch is a salad, Snack will be a yogurt and apple and tonights dinner is roasted chicken and green beans. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? What are you doing and eatting to help Qsymia along? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:13:24 EST New the Team Hi My name is Sandy. I started Qsymia about 6 weeks ago. So far I have lost 10 pounds. I will admit I did not give it 100% as far as my diet went the first month. After seeing that with some effort I lost 10 I am very excited to see what with real effort, exercise and the phase two of my pills how much I will lose. <BR> <BR> I know alot of people say it is cheating to use pills but I am pre diabetic. I have struggeling with losing weight. I work out like a crazy person, clean eat and... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:40:37 EST I'm new to Qsymia Hi All. I'm new to Qsymia and of course trying this new med. I'm currently 4 foot 11 and I weigh 179lbs. Definitely need to do something. I do exercise but i just seem to be having a hard time getting this weight off? Any encouragement woyld be greatly appreciated. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 14:58:57 EST I'm new to Qsymia Hi All. I'm new to Qsymia and of course a little scared trying this new med. I'm currently 4 foot 11 and I weigh 179lbs. Definitely need to do something. I do exercise but i just seem to be having a hard time getting this weight off? Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 14:56:09 EST Day 1 of the 'Q' Just started Qsymia today after breaking down in the doctor's office. I've gained 30 pounds since August and have been watching what I eat and working out. She's done just about every metabolic/thyroid/blood sugar test in the book and everything is normal. She suggested this to help with my constant worry about food and give me a confidence boost. I have a nightmarish family history of things that kill you when you're obese, so I'm ready to do the work outside of the pill. <BR> <BR> Right n... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:44:40 EST Is this team active Hi, I am on Contrave but I have not found a team for that and I know the Qsymia is similar but also might not now be available due to side affects. I am day 2 of 7 on one pill a day and then the dosage is increased. Already it has reduced my cravings and appetite. Trouble sleeping but sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep anyway <BR> <BR> Looking for those who are working with these kinds of meds to share experience with. <BR> <BR> Deb Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:35:59 EST Hi, Team! Hi, everyone: <BR> <BR> I'll begin taking Qsymia as soon as my pharmacist calls me to pick it up. The two-week free trial is a good way to see if this will work. I've actually taken the phen/topiramate combination as a patient of the physician who invented Qsymia (Dr. Najarian) 8-10 years ago, and it worked great: a 40 lb. loss. Well, that's back and more, so it's time to get more serious. I tried the phen/topi combination again recently, but it didn't work at all like it did previously. So,... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:45:23 EST Posting my weekly weight loss here Starting weight 208.5 October 30th 2014 <BR> <BR> Week weight lbs lost total lbs lost <BR> 1 208.5 <BR> 2 202 6.5 6.5 <BR> 3. 199.5. 2.5 9 <BR> 4. 196.6 2.9 11.9 <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:21:24 EST Finished prescription. A break. Re-Starting Q. I finished the prescriptions, dropped about 30 pounds, took a few months off to give my body a break from the meds, returned to the doctor and now I'm waiting on the new prescription. <BR> <BR> I liked Q. <BR> I had no side effects. <BR> It did help me. <BR> It was NOT a cure all. Just an aid. <BR> <BR> I am at that weight where I have been knocked off track several times in the past. <BR> My husband, my family and my friend all go out of their way to sabotage my weight loss efforts. <BR... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:12:16 EST 7 Days in Hi, <BR> I'm on my 7th day on the initial dosage, managing my nutrition through the nutrition tracker eating whole foods, all prepared by be aiming for about 1000 calories a day, with no simple carbs or bread. I was at 208lbs last week, I've had my head in the sand over. Last year I put on another 15lbs or so and it just sat there. Prior to that the weight has crept up over the last decade or so. I am ready to get the weight off and make a change. <BR> <BR> I feel OK on the dose, I am drink... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:26:53 EST New to Q But definitely not new to the weight loss struggle. I have tried it all in my lifetime...Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Phen-Fen, name it, I've done it. With mixed results. Now that I'm in my early 50's, it is definitely much harder than it was in my youth. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year, I started tracking all my intake and activity vigilantly and was doing great. Keeping calories within range most days and working out 5-6 days a week. Never in my life had I been so... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:58:02 EST Side Effects--Please Respond Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am only on the 2nd day of Qsymia starter dose and I am EXHAUSTED. Is this normal? I am really hoping for that energy boost I keep hearing about from other people as I can not function long term like this. I feel like I am sleep walking. Hopefully this is just my body's way of adjusting. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your feedback! <BR> <BR> Heather Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:36:26 EST New to Q Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Heather and I just started Qsymia yesterday (7/20) at the starter 3.75 dose. I am 38 years old 5'4 and started out at 264lbs. I had my thyroid removed in 2010 and have watched the weight keep piling on despite efforts to keep things under control. I've never been a thin person but I genuinely feel great around 170. I hope to be this weight again one day and I hope that with the help of Qysmia it will be doable. It was at my endocrinologist's suggestio... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:20:20 EST Has anyone gained weight on Qsymia? Hello~ I am a newbie here. I am currently 222 lbs, up from 220 when I started Qsymia in May. I am 5' 5". I am very frustrated. I have followed the plan to a T. I went from the 3.75 to the 7.5 and now am on the 11.25 dosage. I have never had appetite suppression. In fact, it's almost made me hungrier. Also, on the lower doses, I couldn't even tell I had taken anything at all. On the 11.25 dose, my face feels numb and I have worsening constipation even though I'm drinking a ton of water. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:37:51 EST Cost FYI!! My insurance won't cover this med, but will cover dumb. Anyway...even after the 75 dollar savings my cost is well over a 100 at Walgreens and I just can't afford it. I asked my doc to call in separate scripts for the topimax and phentermine which insurance will cover for about 10 dollars each. He's so great...he called it to a compounding pharmacy!!! For $32 a month I get a stronger dose of the phentermine then I would have getting the name brand stuff at Walgreens. The topimax ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:43:52 EST My experience with Qsymia... I experienced probably most side effects of this medication. I am so bummed. I was hoping and wishing this was the answer. Nope. I was fine on the first dosing of 3.5. I loved it. It seemed to give me energy and my cravings were reduced. I then went to the higher level of 7.5 is it? I slept all the time. I had no energy. No motivation. My brain was in a complete fog. I couldn't recall simple words such as love, cat, dog etc. I went into a deep depression. I was contemplating suicide... Tue, 6 May 2014 22:00:21 EST New to Qsymia Due to lack of motivation, I decided to try Qsymia because I saw incredible results in a friend of mine. I started taking it 5 days ago and haven't lost any weight yet,but then again I didn't start cutting back on calories until 3 days ago. I decided either the medicine was going to work or it wasn't . If I was going to do it on my on then why take the medicine. By the 3rd day , I began to stop craving multiple sweets and multiple meals.I am ofcourse still on the low dose and so I don't seem ... Sun, 4 May 2014 02:43:05 EST two week update Dr suggested qsymia after I gained 30 lbs in 3 months - there were reasons but not good reasons for it. The good news is that I'veI lost 10 lbs easily the first 2 weeks and actually a bit more. No real side effects except for some insomnia. My dr suggested since night eating is an issue for me given my work schedule I may want to experiment with the time I take my dose. Closer to ten am seems to work best for me, later and it keeps me up. <BR> <BR> There is some dry mouth but that is about ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:15:51 EST Back Burner Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Allie and I have over 100lbs to lose.. When I read about Q and all the positive feedback I was so excited to start it. <BR> I joined this team a couple weeks ago and then got a lung virus which put me in the hospital with asthma exacerbations. Needless to say I haven't been able to breath very well so the exercise has been on the back burner and I was also put on large doses of prednisone, (steroids) so my dr. told me to stop the Q and wait until I'm done wit... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:40:55 EST Anyone Taking CLA Supplement?? I have hypothyroidism and I read an article recently that CLA can be helpful for people hypothyroidism who are trying to lose weight. I guess it can help you burn fat a little easier and it also helps you maintain your muscle mass. It's naturally found in animal proteins I think so its something a person eats regularly, so I think it should be safe to take with Qsymia but I wasn't sure. I have an appointment with my endocrinologist next week so I plan on asking her about it then. Is anyone ta... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:07:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:38:11 EST HI! I'm on day 6 of my starter dose, and I have to say that I think I'm in love! I am not obsessing about food for once in my life! I've tried about everything, and have had limited success... even Meridia and Xenical I've been on a diet pretty much since the day I was born. <BR> <BR> I feel free. I feel like there is no way that I will fail. I'm so excited! No real side effects to speak of. I'm a little apprehensive about upping the dosage, but from what I read, I have nothing to be afraid of... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:31:44 EST Just finished the 14 day trial Hi Everyone! Nice to find somewhere with active users of Q. I just finished the 14 day trial and am down 15 lbs. I was hesitant to try it but after little success with diet and exercise my doctor thought this might help kick start things. <BR> <BR> I haven't had any major side carbonated beverages taste awful. At first, any sort of hunger disappeared completely which made healthy choices even easier. However towards the end of the trial period, it has returned to normal. I'm ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:10:39 EST Qysmia gives me hope... Hello everyone. I am new to this group and don't start Qysmia until tomorrow. My pharmacy has had a difficult time getting the free fourteen day coupon to go through and to begin with they didn't have it in stock so had to order it. A long story. blah... <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to starting Qysmia in hopes that it will help get me started on a new lifestyle. I eat at night and have put on 10 lbs in the last two months. I am over 100lbs over weight, have lots of arthritis, IBS, GE... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:45:03 EST Funny/Sad Insurance Conversation Just thought I'd share a true story about my insurance company. In 25 years I've never had an office visit not paid for but recently had one declined. I called to inquire as to the reason as the blood work the doc ordered to monitor my Q and how it is interacting with my BP meds was paid. I was told that the reason for the visit was reported as related to weight management and the insurance does not cover that because essentially being fat was a lifestyle choice not an illness. They woul... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:54:03 EST Funny/Sad Insurance Conversation Just thought I'd share a true story about my insurance company. In 25 years I've never had an office visit not paid for but recently had one declined. I called to inquire as to the reason as the blood work the doc ordered to monitor my Q and how it is interacting with my BP meds was paid. I was told that the reason for the visit was reported as related to weight management and the insurance does not cover that because essentially being fat was a lifestyle choice not an illness. They woul... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:24:26 EST Qysmia First Timer My doctor told me about Qysmia a few months ago. I'm taking medication (lisinopril) for HBP (210/113). My current weight is 243, age 36, height 5"5'. Other than HBP I am healthy. The HBP did not begin until the day I delivered my 2-yr-old daughter. My goal is to lose 20 pounds as soon as possible. Hopefully by June 2014. I started Qysmia on 3/16/2014. <BR> <BR> Like many insurance does not pay for the prescription....I finally leaped in after finding the free 14 day prescr... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:35:51 EST Update I started Q in July. At my last check up with the doctor I had officially lost 26 lbs. Since in 21 years of consistent weight gain I have never lost any weight using any other method, I am thrilled. I has been very slow but it has worked. I really struggled with side effects in the beginning but those have all subsided. I have achieved one of my most important goals, I was able to reduce my BP meds by half. I bought my first new clothes and still find myself buying them too large. I se... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:29:47 EST Q not working as well on 9th day Hi All, <BR> I have been using the trial (14 day) dose of Q. I have found that I am not getting the same effect I had the first week. I am still having a battle with hunger. Has anyone else had this happen? I hope to be moving on to the higher dose in a few days, but It feels like there is nothing happening with taking the low dose right now. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:01:52 EST New to Qysmia and new to Spark Hi all, <BR> I am on the third day of Qysmia and hoping this gives me the jump to finish my weight loss journey and begin a weight maintenance life. I found this board by looking up some Q & A 's about Qysmia. I'm looking forward to the companionship from others who are also on the same journey with me. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:38:30 EST New to Q Hi All, <BR> I started taking Q last Thursday per my Doc. she suggested it a year ago and I said no. Well long story short I am giving it a go. I have hypothyroidism - found out about 9 years ago, but have struggled to get under 200 for the last 12 years. I am active -except for the sweets I eat healthy. I have a wicked sweet tooth (only at night) - I hope the Q will help me with this problem. I am on the lowest dose (Free 14 day supply). I am taking it later in the day to help me with... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:11:43 EST New to this forum and to Qsymia - Day #2 Hello everyone. <BR> It was my husband who nagged me to no end to get my doctor to prescribe Qsymia for me. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was my 1st day of the low dosage Qsymia. <BR> <BR> We had an appointment out of town and he took me to McD's for lunch. ' <BR> I got a grilled chicken fries. Thank you Q! <BR> <BR> When he stopped for gas he asked me if I wanted anything from inside "No thanks." <BR> When he came back he tossed 2 KitKat bars to me! I put them down. H... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:40:19 EST Qsymia: Round 2 Hey everyone! I tried Qysmia last July on the initial dose only and decided to quit after reading all the side effects. I am kicking myself in the butt for that now. I had lost 7 lbs in the first 12 days I was on it, but I have gained all that and then some. I started back on Tuesday and see the appetite suppressant side of it. It makes me drink lots of water, which is awesome. It also makes carbonated beverages taste flat, which is the main reason I went back on it since I love the tast... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:25:52 EST New to Qsymia and to the Forum I'm 47 years old and have found it gets harder and harder to lose weight the older you get. I have been on weight watchers before and have lost 30 pounds, but that was it and of course, gained that all back. I have high blood pressure so I was searching on line for something I would be able to take and found Qsymia. Then I did a search for reviews and found the forum. I couldn't have been happier. I contacted my physician the next day to see if I was a candidate for this drug and I was. I'v... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:25:33 EST Starting Monday! Hi All, <BR> I have struggled a lot with my decision to start taking this drug and have finally decided to try it. I do want another baby but not at this weight. I take Lexapro for anxiety so I'm hoping there aren't any serious side effects. Anyone have tips for a newbie? Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:56:46 EST New Here Good Morning ALL!! Today is my 1st day taking Qsymia and I am very excited and hopeful for the results that I desperately need. I'm 36 yrs old, live in Savannah Ga.....5'8 and starting at 218 lbs. My goal is to be down 50lbs by my wedding/honeymoon in Oct. I would love to hear any tips that anyone has to help deal with possible side effects and optimum weight loss :) Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:33:01 EST Newbie here :) Hey everyone! Well I'm on day 6 of the 14 day starter pack, which I'm sure you all know is a pretty low dose. I'm assuming this is why I'm still struggling with hunger! I have noticed that I can nit stand soda, diet or regular! <BR> I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis so my weight is a battle for sure. I'm hoping that Qsymia will help me lose this unwanted weight I'm packing around. I was previously on Phentermine but it stopped working, I've been off it for 2 1/2 months. My Dr said we would try ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:53:01 EST greetings! ice, ice Tuesday the 28th of Jan. Last Friday, the doctor asked if I was interested in qsymia. He told me to head to the internet and find a coupon. I did.... wonderful discount! Today presented the perfect opportunity to start taking this drug. So, one dose taken! Okay, I still look the same .... same old stuff. Joking! <BR> I am in Houston, Texas and at home due to the ice storm. After reading about Qsymia side effects, I am a little nervous. My current situation is as bad as every: heaviest-ever, out of shape as-ever, t... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:29:46 EST to forum Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Toni Ann. Im 36 and am from NY. I started qysmia in the middle of November 2013. I was 138 pounds. Im a very short 4"10 I have always been between106-110lbs as an adult. I was chunky Asa teenager in the 90s and had tried phen phen .. I had my son in 2007and was able to lose all the weight but had terrible post pardom depression for many months and never took anything. I had my daughter in2010 and my Oby put me on Zoloft shortly after giving birth. I only los... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:56:24 EST What time? When do you take your Q? I'm not much of a morning eater but I am hungry in the evenings. I get up pretty early, usually around 6am. Should I take my Q then or wait a while so that it will work into the evenings a little more? Just curious on your thoughts on this. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:46:44 EST Am I hungrier? Is it just me or did anyone else seem hungrier when they first started on Q? Maybe it's all in my head but this is day 3 of being on the medication and I seem to be starving today and craving sweets like crazy. Any thoughts? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:11:50 EST First day I went to my mental health NP today and weighed in at 222! I'm 5'4" so that is way too much for me! I have been up and down with my weight over the past several years and back in June I injured my back at work and have put on over 40 pounds since then. <BR> <BR> My NP put me on the phentermine/topamax combo instead of the Qsymia for cost reasons. I also just started going back to the gym yesterday. So far taking it very slow. Since my back surgery in September I haven't done much of anythin... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 17:08:56 EST Introduction Hi! I'm Kristen. I have hypothyroidism and ADHD. I am not on Qsymia yet, but at my last endocrinologist appointment she discussed putting me on Qsymia or Belviq if I still have difficulty losing weight even after I am on the right dose of thyroid medication. However, I am back in school now and my ADHD is making it difficult for me to focus. Instead of going back on Adderall just to stop it again to try Qsymia, I am going to talk to my endocrinologist in a couple weeks about starting Qsymia n... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:54:46 EST How long do you think you'll stay on Qsymia? I'm coming to the end of my six month prescription and I'm wondering how long everyone is planning on staying on the medication. <BR> <BR> I absolutely love the effect on my appetite but I'm assuming I won't be allowed to stay on it forever. Plus, I'm planning on trying to have another baby sometime this summer and so I have a definite need to stop taking it. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:18:51 EST Following instructions to introduce myself LOL Hello, I have been taking Q since Oct 24, 2013. I am only 4'11" and was 187.6lbs. So far I am down 26lbs and I feel great. Still have 50 more to go but I will get there. Fortunately I have not had many side effects just dry mouth but that is not bad. I have high blood pressure, no thyroid, migraines and am pre-diabetic so weight loss is critical. Q has helped with the headaches which is a fantastic bonus. Well guess that is all. Good luck to everyone. If anyone finds it for a discounted pric... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:45:16 EST Checking in…lost 60 lbs as of yesterday I just wanted to check in since it's been a while. I'm happy to say that I'm down 60 lbs since starting Q in July and am now within the normal weigh range (barely!) for my height. This will be my last month on Q but I will be continuing on topiramate because of its lovely effects on my migraines. The few I've had have barely even been an inconvenience-so much better than before. I started at a BMI of 33.1 and am now at 24.2 and aiming for a 22, which is right in the middle of the normal range... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:49:36 EST Hello! Today is day four and so far everything seems to be the same as usual. I feel a little fuller but not much. I started this journey because after a 50 pound loss I have stalled. No matter how much I run, work out, modify my diet nothing was working. I have always eaten healthy, we are a gluten free family, my problem was over eating and emotional eating. Once I got control of that I was able to drop quite a bit. Now I have 40 pounds to go and my doctor thought that this might get me going back... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:01:20 EST Hello Just Starting Qsymia Hi, I just got a prescription today, so the pharmacists says it will not be in until tomorrow. I hope I am successful with it, and with maintaining once I am done taking them. Good luck to you all. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:05:29 EST Hey How are Y'all? Hey guys! Just checking to see how everyone is? I know it's always helpful and motivating for me to hear from other people. I won't just ask for others' updates and not share my own so: <BR> <BR> I think my rapid initial weight loss from Q is kind of leveling off a little bit since being on it from Aug. 1st. I'm losing at a slower pace, but still losing. After my initial freak out over this, I'm actually kind of psyched about it. I'm still losing weight, just slowly and more naturall... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:06:36 EST Hello All, Day One! Just wanted to introduce myself! My name is Amy and I am 30 years old. I have been using spark people for awhile...lost 60 lbs in 2011 then gave birth to identical twin girls who are now 18 months old...shot right back up to my good ole maxed out weight and I have been on my way down since mid-August going from 279 to 262. So I went to my doctor about something else a few weeks ago and she mentioned this new drug. I used phentermine to aid my weight loss in 2011 so I have very high hopes that... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:46:16 EST Worried I've finally decided to post because I'm worrying. I feel like I've hit a bit of a plateau (although I'm still down a total of 16 pounds since August 1st). I'm mostly terrified because I've taken a long hard look to make sure I haven't changed my routine, and while I may not have been able to work out quite as much as usual due to an extremely hectic work situation, I've still been carefully monitoring everything I've been eating. Work has been ridiculous - including a lot of midnight to 2... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:57:10 EST Just bragging a little Today the scale read 200 pounds. The last time I weighed 200 pounds or less was around 8 years ago when I getting married. I'm super excited to see 199 hopefully next week. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:37:21 EST BCBS covered Q Hi everyone I've been on Q for 4 months with about a 15lb weight loss and now I may have to stop because my 4th month is going to be too costly. So I have a question for anyone that reads this I had read a post by another person some time ago that BCBS covered the meds and I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to go about getting my insurance to help cover the cost. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:23:16 EST A New Milestone Well today I made my goal of losing 10% of my body weight. This was the goal I had set for one year but I reached it after 3 months on Q. It still blows my mind after 21 years of steadily gaining weight that I have been able to lose weight. My doc and I had decided that when I lost 10% of my body weight we would try to take one step down on my BP meds. So, we will see what she says on the next visit. Now I guess I need a new weight loss goal. Still kinda stunned to make a goal of any si... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 07:44:34 EST 14 lbs in 15 days Hi My name is Alycia. I am a 34 year old mother of three and step mother of two. I have struggled with my weight since my first pregnancy back in 2002. After the birth of my son in 2011 my weight just took off and I felt horrible. I went to the doctors who told me it was post partum depression and I needed to just diet and exercise. Luckily at my work physical, my bloodwork finally showed something was amiss and I was diagnosed with lupus in January of this year. The medication has help... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:04:38 EST hot yoga Does any one know if it is safe to do hot yoga while taking qsymia? Its the phentermine portion I am worried about. I would really like to get back to doing bikram yoga, but am worried about the elevated heart rate on qsymia combined with the hot room to make it go even higher. I am a 47 year old and when I do the stair master at the gym my heart rate can reach about 160 the high end. Thanks. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:45:41 EST Those side effects were too much for me... Hey ladies... (and gents if there are any) <BR> <BR> I posted a response to Prarieyoga about some stuff, but wanted to copy part of it here as I bid farewell... Those dratted side effects! I haven't heard much here about how drastic they are (or maybe I haven't seen them), but I have never felt so crrrraaapppppy! OMG, I started thinking I had brain damage!! It was a very eye opening experience for me to think of how any kind of drug can affect people. And the things people are willing to put... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:46 EST New side effect - Itchiness/Rash? Ugh. So, I started taking Q again on Sept. 2nd after having stopped it due to the spotting and not knowing if it was the Q that was causing it. I've lost a few more pounds which is great but now I am experiencing crazy all over itchiness, especially on my ears and head. I got so paranoid that I had my husband check me for lice. In addition to the itchiness I've been getting what appear to be bug type bites on different places on my body but they could also be hives or contact dermatitis. ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:49:28 EST exercising on Q I have been on Q now for a total of 48 days and I've lost a total of 17 lbs. I am also on growth hormone injections for a recently diagnosed deficiency. I find that I still don't have the energy to really exercise. I'm losing weight, and not eating anywhere near as much as I used to eat. I'm drinking maybe 1 soda per week, as opposed to 3 or 4 per day, so that has drastically changed my calorie intake alone. Is there anyone else out there like me who has just not found the energy to exercise?... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:47:09 EST Clothes are funny things I have lost 17 pounds on Q. I have been waiting for the day when something was too big or the day I could wear something in my closet that I had been unable to wear. Hmmm...not after 5lbs, or 10lbs. or 15lbs. So then I started wondering were my clothes really that tight before? I keep reading don't worry about the scale, think about how your clothes fit. Now I question that idea quite a bit if my weight can swing 15lbs. and I can still wear them ALL. Well finally after 17 pounds I put o... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:41:29 EST First Follow Up with Doc After being on Q for 10 weeks I saw my doc for the first official weigh-in and follow up visit. I had lost 12lbs. I have to have blood work because I am on one of the meds that can interact with Q. It was all normal. We discussed side effects, which have been a struggle for me. She asked me if the side effects were worth staying on the med. I told her unless an appendage was going to fall off or a major life sustaining organ was going to be damaged I would be staying on it because it is t... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:11:17 EST Hoping Q diverts a stall <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 21:52:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:00:17 EST Weight loss stall? I haven't loss any weight in 3 weeks? <BR> Not sure whats going on? Im about 1 month in on the maintnance dose. <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 23:24:37 EST How's everyone doing? Since it's September now, I'd like to see how everyone is doing on Q. Any ups or downs? tips or changes in yourself that you notice? Let us know as this is a huge step we are all taking together! <BR> <BR> I've been on it since July 31st and I'm down 17lbs. my Dr. said I'm going too fast, but I couldn't be happier. Some days are harder than others, but I am SO happy I have kicked my diet pop habit and feel fantastic that I no longer drink it. I'm starting to feel the change in my clothes and... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:50:19 EST increase libido?? Has anyone else had an increase in their libido? not complaining at all!!! Just wondering Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:10:26 EST Newbie Hi, new and I wanted to say hello! I have been on Q for 5 weeks. The two weeks starter and then three weeks of my first script. I have lost 15 pounds and feel good now. The first first and third week were a little tough. I seem to have stopped my weight loss the last 10 days. I hope its just a temp thing. Does any one have any advice? I exercise almost every day and am eating really good. Sometimes wonder if I should eat more. <BR> <BR> Q makes me feel like a normal person. I can look an a... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:36:12 EST Just saying hi, first day on Qsymia! Hoping this works Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:08:32 EST Started Qsymia yesterday 8-23-13 My cousin had to quit taking it due to extreme diarrhea and terrible migraines from day one. I'm on day 2, with no side effects yet, and already I am not hungry at all. I was wondering how the "end" of the Qsymia treatment works... how do you ever "get off" of the medication, and how do you keep from regaining after getting off of it? Surely, you dont just continue on a low dose forever, or do you? Thank you to anyone who can help. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:16:00 EST 3 Week Weigh-In Three weeks down and I'm 10 lbs down. Just in case this helps anyone I had lost about four pounds this first week and then dropped down to two the next week. I started to worry since I felt like maybe I won't have such good luck on Q. But I think I've found that giving myself one "cheat day" to bump calories up around 1500-1700 instead of the usual 1200 max each day helped me lose more this week! It also helped kick my digestion back up. Although I still don't eat junk food on my cheat d... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:25:49 EST Stopped taking Q for a little bit I stopped taking Q a little over two weeks ago to see if my non-stop bleeding and spotting would stop. After about three days it did stop but then started up again so I went and saw my doc. Everything seems fine so now I'm taking progesterone to try and get my cycle back on track and then once I see how that goes I will go back to taking Q. If I know my spotting is related to taking Q then that's fine, I just wanted to be sure that was it was causing it. <BR> <BR> So far I've been maintai... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:34:10 EST Beverages, side effects, etc... I have a couple of questions... chime in if you feel like it! <BR> <BR> SIDE EFFECTS: I'm on Day 2 and haven't noticed any side effects yet. When did they kick in for you? I have taken Phentermine prior so this is a much less dose of that than I'm used to. <BR> <BR> ALCOHOL: Aside from the obvious diet reasons from not drinking alcohol, has anyone heard or know about alcohol consumption while on the medication? Would an occasional glass or two of wine be detrimental other than calorie w... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:44:38 EST No longer obese and out of the 200s! I've lost 25 lbs as of today and made the transition from obese to overweight earlier this week. I can't tell you how pleased I am. I've been able (for the first time) to keep my diet logged long term, since early July. Before, I had managed a week, at best. For those interested, I've been working at a ~1500-2000 daily calorie deficit since starting Q, about half from diet and half from exercise, mostly on the treadmill before I leave the house in the morning (made a rule when I began to do ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:28:25 EST 3rd level dosage Hello, <BR> Did anyone begin taking the 3rd level dosage of Qsymia as yet? I received my prescription for it today, over 200.00 at Walgreens. I will try their mail order facility and see what the cost is. Any information you can provide on side effects, cost etc is most appreciated. <BR> Thank you. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:12:15 EST Man credits Qsymia for helping him lose 50 pounds <link><BR>n-credits-qsymia-for-helping-him-lose-<BR>50-pounds/-/1717022/21495938/-/2uc26l/<BR>-/index.html?utm_source= </link> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:50:42 EST 31 lbs so far I have hit a major milestone and am finally under 200 lbs! Last year I lost 20 lbs and then hit a brick wall in October. My Dr wants to take me off Qsymia after my next refill. At first the side effects were awful but now the only one that I even notice on a regular basis is the dry mouth. Yuck! But I'm finding ways to deal with that. <BR> My ultimate weight loss goal is to lose 64 more lbs. I hope my Dr will let me lower the dose while I work towards my goal rather than have me go off when ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:44:04 EST confused: question about diet I'm new to the Sparkpeople Boards. I have been on Qysmia 7.5/46 mg dose for two weeks today. I did not do the starter packet, my doctor didn't know about it. The only side effects I have had was a headache for about 4 days and Coke is flat (who cares-lol?). I am tired out at night after work I had the same headache many times with phentermine so it was no big deal to me. I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, am in peri menopause, had gastric bypass 10 years ago and have insulin resistance. ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:07:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:39:33 EST New to the Group Hi all! I've been lurking for a while now, and finally summoned up the courage to join in. Sorry in advance if this is a long initial post. I just finished my starter pack yesterday and have started my new full strength dose. I'll get to my scales in a few days and post an update, but as of a couple days ago I was down about 5 pounds. I'm excited but also dumbfounded since I have never had good luck with weight loss and so I'm having a hard time reconciling it. <BR> <BR> I've never been... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:52:02 EST Do you think this is a good idea? I was wondering if we should have a thread where we write what we are eating that day for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Snacks? <BR> <BR> Just curious to see what you guys think? <BR> <BR> -Annie* Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:51:24 EST First week weigh in on 7.5mg So this week I lost 2lbs. <BR> I was expecting a little more because I noticed my apptite is gone so I haven't been eating as much. <BR> i weighed in at exactly 190.0 <BR> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:35:13 EST The sun'll come out... TOMORROW!! Heh, heh. Actually the sun is already out, but I have my appointment tomorrow afternoon for Qsymia. I've waited about two weeks for this and have done research in that time and came across this group. I've been lurking and never made a formal introduction. I know PIPPI is out of town, but wanted to get started. <BR> <BR> I had a maintenance check-up with my cardiologist who said I no longer need to see him (I have healed my heart!?) Lol. But we did talk about my frustration w... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:57:49 EST 14 day weigh in today I took my last of my 1st set of pills..and HAPPILY to say I've dropped 10 full LBs! First time in about 3 years I've been under 200lbs, and I will never see that number on the scale again. Now..just keep on going. I'm getting stronger at the gym, and my eating stops at dinner and my snacking has ceased! <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of everyone who has tried this out, because I know it's hard, but it's SO worth it:) Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:10:11 EST New Hi everyone. I'm new to this SparkTeam but not Sparkpeople. I'm a 38 married mother of 2 (son, 11 and daughter, 8). I just started taking Qsymia this morning. I've struggled with my weight my entire life and have tried every diet out there (Weight Watchers,, Jenny Craig, Slim Fast, fad diets, other prescription weight loss meds, etc). I quit smoking 4 years ago and have since packed on about 30-40 lbs. My ultimate goal is to lose 50+ lbs. I'm so glad I found this team as I'd love to go... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:50:54 EST GROWTH HORMONE THERAPY COMBINED WITH QSYMIA I'm wondering if there's anyone else out there at the moment who is on Q and is also diagnosed with Adult Onset Growth Hormone Deficiency as I have been. My endo said soon (sometime in the next 8 weeks - which feels like an eternity) I will begin daily injections to try and level out my extremely low growth hormone levels. I'm curious as to how this will affect my experience with Qsymia and I didn’t see any support teams out there for this therapy, so I was wondering if maybe I'm overlooking ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:58:22 EST Weigh-in I've been on the starter dose for 2 weeks now and lost 9.4 pounds, which is not bad! I set a goal for myself of 10 pounds per month so it looks like I am right on schedule. Though the first week or so of a diet you lose a lot, but that was on the starter dose. I am doing the low carb thing, and I lost in 2 weeks more than I had lost doing the diet alone for a few months. <BR> At least with low-carb i know that if I take one nibble of junk food it will take me out of ketosis, so I am not temp... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:05:00 EST So annoyed with my Rx mailing company I called them last Monday to let them know Im almost done with my 14 day pack and they should send the maintanace dose soon...I've been off QSYMIA since Friday. <BR> This morning I call back to see whats going on with the shipment and they say..they will be mailing it out today....So, I should receive it by the end of the week!!! <BR> Argh..I'm so flipping mad. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:31:51 EST Did this happen to any of you? I'm finishing up my first week of the starter set and I'm SO tired. Mid afternoon is where it hits me the most, but it's like I can hardly stay awake! I feel great in the morning, but thank goodness yesterday was Sunday and I could be lazy! Did anyone else feel this way? Does it go away at some point? Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:05:54 EST New! Hi! I just took my 2nd Qsymia today. I too am a Diet Coke junkie. My first can of the morning was delicious as usual, but the one later in the day tasted like it was expired. Totally flat and bland. I am not sure if it is actually the Qsymia, or just a placebo effect. Isn't it too soon for the drug to kick in? what are your experiences? <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with my weight for a few years. Have abocut 50 to lose. I exercise every day, pretty intensely 5 out of 7 days. i... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:03:20 EST I just don't get it,,, I've already been on the starter pack for over a week - and no change in weight and its like I'm not even taking them. Everyone seems to have great result and I'm seeing none. Does anyone know anyone having a similar result to me? Sat, 3 Aug 2013 18:08:36 EST Day4 Day 4 on the starter pack........ and I've lost 7 pounds! No side effects to really speak of......*knock on wood* so I'm super happy!!! I was even "bad" Friday..... work had a bake sale and I caved and had a small piece of cheese cake and a bite of a cup cake... thought for sure I would have gained weight...... but still lost. hope it stays this way the whole time im on it!! Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:46:43 EST One Month I've lost 9lbs! Gotta say I am pleased since I set a 6 month goal to loose 10lbs. When you have failed to lose weight as many times as I have to actually see the scale move is so encouraging but I find myself still wondering if it will continue, will it be sustainable, will I be able to tolerate the side effects and on some level am I still me on the medication? I am still having cognitive effects, not as severe but I am certainly not as sharp. I'm not depressed but I'm not really myself ei... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:41:35 EST Side effect - not sure if I'm happy or sad I thought to myself today, I've been so good, maybe I will treat myself and have a beer. I was so looking forward to it, and it tasted like CRAP with a capital C! I am a beer lover, and it is my weakness, but I figured the medicine is helping me tow the line and I would be able to have just one Michelob Ultra that only has 2.6 carbs, (I'm doing low carb). I did not even want that! Because I just wanted a little treat on a Friday night, I am a little bummed, but I am excited that it is going t... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 00:16:46 EST Ladies - anyone else having break through bleeding Since starting Qsymia I've been experiencing break through bleeding in between my cycles and also, last month, I got my cycle a full week early. I did some googling and found that spotting is listed as a side effect but it says if you're on oral contraceptives, which I'm not. So, I googled more and found that break through bleeding is a common side effect of Topomax. Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:22:45 EST New to Qsymia I haven't taken my first dose yet but finally my doctor has agreed to give me script to try it. It was a long struggle!! I did a lot of research and presented it to her. The clinic I go to doesn't prescribe weight loss drugs so that was the problem. I have sleep apnea and an adult growth deficiency which is caused by the sleep apnea. I have the discount coupons and my question of the team is what do you follow for a weight loss plan? Also, how do you put in spark i.e. limit on carbs, pr... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:26:46 EST Hir group Hello everyone! I'm Nicole. I'm 33 from Minneapolis. I'm on day 3 of Qsymia. a few weeks ago I went to the Dr and she ended up putting me on blood pressure meds and said I needed to get my weight down. I asked if the clinic had any program and she suggested this. She told me to go home, do the research and if I was interested, to call back and she will order labs for me. I'm so glad I did! <BR> <BR> It's so crazy, but since Tuesday, I've dropped 5lbs! the only side effect I've had is gettin... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:29:24 EST day 8 I'm on day 8 and have lost 7 lbs!!! <em>334</em> I can't wait to start the higher dose next week Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:56:05 EST Side Effect Question - a little gross -sorry Sorry about this, but I have no other way to put it.... this is my second day in it, and I LOVE IT!... but does anyone else have green bowel movements?? I didn't recall seeing that as a side effect and it's definitely something I can live with if I keep losing they way I have.....I just want to make sure that its not a warning sign for something bad! <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:02:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:52:07 EST Intro =) Hi All <BR> I am so excited to be here. I would love to share this experience with all of you. <BR> My Dr. put my on QSYMIA because I have PCOS and have been losing and gaining the same 10 pounds for 2 years and am soo frustrated by it. <BR> <BR> I am now on day 12 of my starter dose. I have lost about 5lbs so far. <BR> Day 1 - I weighed in at 196.8 <BR> Day 11 - I was 191.2 <BR> <BR> So far, my appetite has been reduced. I am always thirsty and Soda taste flat so I haven't been drinking... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:52:21 EST day 1 Im sooo excited! Finally was able to reach the dr and get a script for the lower amt for the 1st 14 days... so hopefully today is the first day of actually loosing weight!!!! I took it about an hour ago, after eating yogurt for breakfast.......I can say that I have a metal taste in my mouth... but that's bearable! <BR> I look forward to reporting POSITIVE progress like everyone else does! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:23:13 EST Reboot Hi Everyone, <BR> I am on day 8 and have gone from 210.8 to 202.6. I am on the starter dose but have noticed a big reduction in appetite. My plan is to use Qsymia similarly to how I used the nicotine patch to quite smoking 16 years ago. Basically rely on it to reduce my appetite but also reduce and monitor my calories creating better habits and naturally reducing appetite (the more calories you eat the more you crave). After I quite smoking I had also lost 50 lbs and kept it off for 3 years. ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:38:49 EST Losing about a pound a week but where from? I'm seeing some slow and steady weight loss which is fine with me, I wasn't expecting 20 pounds in 20 days or anything like that as I haven't radically reduced my calories or upped my exercise. However, I seem to lose weight in all the places I don't want to lose it in. I want my hips, thighs and stomach to get smaller but instead my chest gets smaller. Sometimes life and weight loss just isn't fair. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:44:25 EST Sequoiagirl's intro I am so glad I found this group, I look forward to getting to know you all and share this journey! <BR> I'm on day 8 today and weighed in, I lost 7 pounds! My doctor recommended this to me a few months ago because I just cannot take weight off no matter what I do. All of my other vitals are good, cholesterol, blood sugar, ect, so at least I know my diet is paying off in that department. I have struggled with my weight all my life, and I am slowly losing the battle, despite my best efforts. F... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:50:44 EST Newbie and Want to ask some questions if that's ok Hi. I'm Sherry. I'm 43. I have 2 human kiddos and 1 Chihuahua who thinks he is human. I am 305lbs and 5'7" tall. I have recently started my weight loss journey because.... Well because I'm 305lbs. I have back and knee problems. I eat not just from hunger but due to stress, boredom and because its there. I've started researching the Qsymia medication and wonder if it will work for me. I have BCBS insurance and they will not pay. I wondered if anyone has had their doctor prescribe... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:03:16 EST Day 21 on Q lost 20 lbs so far :-) So I started Qsymia 21 days ago. I am 5'7" and weighed in at 230. This morning I am 210. My goal is 135 (my weight 10 years ago give or take 10 lbs). I have also been getting up 2 hours early to walk or garden for exercise everyday. I decided to take Qsymia after meeting with my Dr and finding out that I had elevated bp, high glucose and a bad good/bad cholesterol ratio. I also had IBS symptoms, edema and other issues due to my obesity that I could only blame On being fat and eating like garb... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:09:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:39:01 EST would love to hear anyone's progress I just started qsynia today and I would love to hear how everyone is doing <em>303</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:05:18 EST Newbie here! I start Saturday my journey on Qsymia! I am excited after reading all the posts on here...I am curious tho.... did anyone feel more energized? I can say what caught my interest and why I learned more about this medicine is it was refered to as "legal speed" at my weight I have no energy for anything! <BR> I look forward to reading yours and posting my own experiences!! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:23:57 EST day one <em>249</em> just started on qsynia today. Ihave around 75 lbs to lose, and it feels like a huge will take day by day Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:06:11 EST Just got my Q in the mail - but afraid to start I know it sounds crazy - but I just got my Q and I'm afraid to start taking the meds tomorrow. Not afraid of side affects - but afraid it won't work or that I'm going to give up again. I have put a lot of hopes into getting the drug and probabl binged a little since I ordered it - now I have to actual buckle down and start being in control of myself... and what if I can't gain control... can Q really help. Thats the question - did any of you feel like you were just out of control and y... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:55:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:58:29 EST Changing habits On Saturday I went to the butcher shop to pick up a few things, one of which was steak kabobs for dinner. Normally I would buy at least four, two for me and two for my husband, but this time I only got two. I just knew I wouldn't be hungry enough to eat two and figured my husband, although not on Q, could do with just one as well. I got a bunch of asparagus and we had that as a side along with the veggies that came on the kabobs. I was pretty satisfied with that for dinner which felt good... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:30:45 EST Newbie :) Hello all. I'm new to posting on this site and will be starting my Qsymia starter dose next week. I'm really excited to get started and so thankful I've found this team for support and information. I am 27 years old. I have been significantly overweight most of my life starting around 13-14 years old. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, PCOS, and insulin resistance a little over a year ago. I have been on Synthroid since then and only recently had my dosage raised to 75mcg of that. My ferti... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:12:04 EST Having to check and recheck my typing Lately I've been finding myself making a ton of small spelling/typing mistaking. Things like typing there when I mean to type their. I know some of it is just because I seem to always been in a rush or trying to do two things at once, but it just seems to be happening more often and I'm wondering if it's a side effect of Q. <BR> <BR> I have a few really big projects that I'm working on at work so I'm a little worried about it in that regard. I feel like I have to read and then re-read and... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:17:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:13:59 EST Side Effects on 7.5 dose Today is my second day on the 7.5 dose. For those of you who have asked about side effect changes with the dosage increase I will say that yesterday I had my first episode of extremity tingling, which I did not find all that bothersome. The headache which I experienced almost every day on the lower dose is gone. Yeah! Overall, I am having more energy and feeling much more like myself on this dose. I did wake up in the night and have a very brief episode of feeling jittery but I was able ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:14:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:02:47 EST End of the started dose At the end of the starter dose I have lost 5 lbs. :) Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:25:04 EST Day 5, trying to lose at least 60 pounds I started the free trial last Thursday and so far things are going well. I haven't had any nasty side effects, just the expected dry mouth and weird taste. I started tracking calories a few days before starting and cut my daily intake pretty drastically then, which helped with the transition. I was already pretty active and tracking steps with my Fitbit. Overall, I'm really pleased. I've dropped a few pounds already but, most of all, I have hope now. My outlook on life has drastically improve... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:24:07 EST Headache Anyone else having an issue with headaches? Although this med has a drug used for migraines I find I am having a headache almost every single day since I've been on it. I thought at first it must be the change in diet: less sugar, caffeine, protein, lower calories etc. I've really worked on my diet and overall I have more energy and feel better but I still have a headache almost all day, almost every day. It's getting old needless to say. It's not an incapacitating headache but I am gettin... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:25:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 14 Jul 2013 16:50:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 13 Jul 2013 07:28:38 EST Hi My story will sound familiar. I'm 56, my husband and I retired early because of his health issues from 911. I feel compelled to be in as good a health as i can for him and for me. I am tired of dragging and extra 50 pounds around. He deserves a happy wife not a moody one. I deserve to be happy. I imagine it will be like pixie dust that I can spread around. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:33:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:03:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:58:08 EST Protein Headed to the store to try to get some protein I will eat. After struggling with being really tired, draggy, lethargic and generally feeling pooped since beginning Q, I did a review of my diet and decided my body is probably rebelling against the reduction of sugar which it will just have to get used to, an overall drop in calories and then a noticeable drop in protein which I do want to address. I find I am having to force myself to eat protein. It seems to repulse me in most forms for so... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:32:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:20:53 EST Side Effects When you switched to the 7.5 dose did you see an increase in side effects? Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:12:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:35:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:09:55 EST Belly of the beast Yes, I did it. My friend invited me to The Cheesecake Factory. Since I've essentially told no humans that I'm on Q I just said sure let's go there. Well shockingly I sat down and ordered the luncheon portion of my favorite salad there, The Carlton. I ate half of the reduced portion and brought the rest home to my husband for his lunch. I was perfectly happy to order the salad even though my friend ordered the Creme Brulee French Toast. Yes, even though she left part of hers and offered,... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 07:12:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:47:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 7 Jul 2013 11:51:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 6 Jul 2013 20:51:23 EST Positive impacts so far Just wanted to share a few positive things I have noticed so far during my first week on Q since I have shared some of the things I have found very challenging I thought I should share some of the interesting, positive things I have noticed at this early stage. So far an amazing lack of interest in Dr. Pepper which I had previously craved. I don't even really want Diet Coke which is typically my second choice. Just no interest in pop. Drinking water almost all day which I NEVER have been ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:06:06 EST Turned a corner Yahoo! I feel like I have finally turned a corner with this med! Every day seems like I am functioning better. Thanks for all the good info and support. TIme will tell but so far I am thinking I be able to stay on it. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 11:10:57 EST Second Day Well on my second day of the starter dose and sad to say for the first six or seven hours both days I have felt lousy in one way or another. I am on an extended vaca and started the meds while I was off work in case I had any side effects. Glad I did! Please tell me this goes away. I am so lethargic and foggy after I take it. How can I be taking a stimulant and reacting this way? Shocked. NO headache today which was a plus but still I have to be on my game at work and this is not it. ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:29:15 EST First Day I took my first dose today. I was surprised that I felt "off". Mild headache, a little foggy and extremely tired, very thirsty. Surprised me because I don't usually experience medication side effects. Hopefully, I will adjust. I resisted taking a weight loss medication but my goal is to lose enough weight to get off blood pressure meds. I gained weight after my 4th child and cannot seem to lose it no matter what I do, although in reality I know it is combination of physical and psycholo... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:54:10 EST Anyone else feeling dizzy? This is just my second day on the starter dose, still not feeling especially full or not hungry but I am feeling dizzy. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:26:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:26:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:57:00 EST First day on starter dose I received my prescription yesterday and took my first pill of the starter dose this morning. I'm hoping for a little boost of energy from it as I am t.i.r.e.d. The baby has been waking up either at 3:00am for about an hour or a little later, like 4:00am but then she's up for the day. It's really wearing me out! <BR> <BR> In my rush to get up and get all the kids up and out the door on time I forgot to weigh myself. Oops. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:46:38 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 30 Jun 2013 01:15:46 EST Day 5 I am so thankful to find this support site for Qysmia! I have had a few questions since starting on Qysmia 4 days ago and have not been able to find the answers on the internet. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else notice that the starter capsules are only about 1/4 full? I called Qysmia about this and the nurse couldn't verify if it was suppose to be this way, and even suggested that I may have a defected batch... not what I really wanted to hear. <BR> <BR> So far, I have not had any side effect... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:00:13 EST Increasing my Activity So, I might I have mentioned before that I was going to join a jazzercise class because a group of friends were going and kept on encouraging me to try it. Well jazzercise is not for me! I am hopelessly uncoordinated and can't follow multiple steps. Today I tried Pilates for the first time ever! I like it! I had a private lesson with a wonderful instructor, she is really patient and so kind. The moves are easy to follow and I was able to focus. I have two more private lessons and then wi... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:16:13 EST Lost weight and haven't started Qsymia yet I had a baby in November and afterwards my weight settled right around 223. I gave myself three months off from worrying about what I was eating and then started dieting. I lost slowly but did get down to 209 over the last few months. Then, things go really busy and I was losing my motivation and started gaining some of it back. I know at one point I was back up to at least 215. Imagine my surprise when I weighed myself yesterday and I was 210. It makes me feel as though with the help o... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:57:50 EST Just placed my prescription order today I just had my prescription filled today so it will be about a week before I receive it in the mail. My doc prescribed the two week starter dose, which is free, and then a 30 day supply at the higher dose which I got for a reduced price. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to start taking it but will admit that I'm a little leery about the possible side effects. <BR> <BR> My stats are that I'm 5'6, about 215 pounds (down from a high of around 232) and would like to weigh around 180. I've always been o... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:29:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 22 Jun 2013 20:14:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:00:49 EST New to Qsymia Hello, <BR> On day 3 of Qsymia initial dose. Felt out of sorts on day 1 and 2, but okay today. Will see how it goes. 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