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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

new diet drug

Qnexa is a new drug that is waiting approval by the fda for
weight loss
(sounds like lunesta doesnt it)
two years ago the fda denied its approval as a weight loss drug

the two ingredients in the new proposed drug are already approved
by the fda
phentermine as a weight loss drug and
topiramate (topramax) as a seizure medicine and migraine medicine

weight loss specialists are already using the combo for weight loss
they both come generic and are fairly cheap to buy in the generic form
about $15 and $25 a month for the two

so why all the big fuss by the fda to approve this new combo
granted theyll probably charge $200+ a month for it
when most can just get the generic versions of the individual drugs
at a fourth of the cost of the new drug

guess all the marketing on tv and newspapers and online and
magazines will make people want to use the more expensive
versions though

if i was on the fda i would vote against the qnexa
because cheaper generic versions can be found and overtime
people will save a lot of money using the generic versions

when i was in practice i never would order the weight loss drugs
as i felt the correct way is for people to do exercise and
eat a proper diet

thats not working for people very well is it
just look around and you can see how well thats working

those who use diet and exercise to loose weight are more
likely to keep the weight off

if i was in practice now i would order this combo of the two generics
why the change of heart

now im on the other side
as a patient

obesity is the number one health care issue in america
it is causing diabetes heart disease stroke cancer hypertension hyperlipidemia
chronic back and knee pain depression and ....

the side effects and long term problems from taking this combo of
is no where near the potential health problems from continued obesity

yes if i was in practice i would order this combo
both drugs have been around for a long time
and they both work to help people to loose weight
if you can get some one to add exercise and diet to their regimen
the effect is even greater

gosh im on aricept (donepezil) which has a lot of side effects that
ive learned to tolerate
these are much worse than the side effects of the combo of phentermine
and topiramate

if you are morbidly obese its like having cancer
it probably will be what kills you
so be aggressive in treating it like you would cancer

if the fda doesnt ok this new drug (well its not really a new drug since
the ingredients have been around for a long time and are available
as generics) then it doesnt matter really
peoplell just save money using the two separate drugs

its interesting how you think about medical things when you
are on the other side
makes you think differently

just saying

the organicgreen doctor


  1. Good to hear, brother. I'm working out at Anytime Fitness 6 days a week early in the morning and, because of gout history, am avoiding red meat and other high purine foods. I've taken up a couple of notches in the belt and lost 8 pounds since early January when I began. Next step is to get back into bicycling. Even though I'm 72, my muscles are toning up again and I feel considerably better. Laugh more, you know. Danny Ford

    1. daniel g
      glsd youre doing it right
      dont need those diet pills
      stay happy

    2. My father suffered from Gout and it was terrible. He had someone tell him about BING Cherries.. You can buy the Bing Cherries in WATER (they are tart and bitter)in any store.. My dad would eat a half a can when he felt the flare up coming, and then the other half the next day. It actually got rid of his gout and helped with flare ups.. Worth a try for you as well.. Good luck!