Qnexa - a New Dieting Sensation?
A new diet supplement is always big news and a new entrant call Qnexa has caused quite a sensation in the USA.
Weightowow.com has reported that scientists have developed a new prescription-only fat-busting wonder drug that has more than double the slimming power of an over-the-counter pill. Qnexa contains a combination of two drugs called phentermine and topiramate. Phentermine has similar pharmacological properties to amphetamines and acts by reducing appetite, while topiramate was originally marketed as an anti-epilepsy drug.
The CONQUER study included 2,487 overweight patients, and using Qnexa, most achieved more than 10% weight loss, double that of Orlistat.
The two year study's results released in the Lancet on April 4, 2011 found that Qnexa not only reduced weight but actually reduced blood pressure as well improved lipid levels, waist circumference, lowered cholesterol, and decreased triglycerides by as much as 26%. There was also a 19% decrease in the number of patients who where taking high blood pressure medication during these trials.
The drug is however not without its problems, including major issues like insomnia and depression, but the researchers conclude that their drug combining topiramate and phentermine, when given along with lifestyle interventions, could be “added to the limited number of available treatments for obesity”.
Qnexa has not been approved by the FDA or in the EU, and is therefore still considered an experimental drug, but for a world desperate for a solution to the obesity problem it represents another ray of hope.