While the news that the weight loss drug combination of phentermine and Topamax (topamirate) works in helping patients lose weight, a study that was recently presented to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is suggesting that the drug Qnexa can also maintain that weight loss in the long term.
Dosages played a large role in the amount of weight loss reported with Qnexa, but when compared to patients taking placebos, the overall findings maintained that patients taking Qnexa had more success than those that didn’t take the drug. This study may prove to be helpful to patients who are looking to lose weight; however, it is Qnexa’s active ingredients that are causing much controversy: Phentermine. Phentermine is the drug that was once part of the now-banned weight loss drug Fen-Phen. The drug was banned when it was discovered to cause cardiac events in some patients.
The other medicinal ingredient in Qnexa is Topamax, which is an anti-seizure drug. Topamax is also used to treat migraines. While the drug has been linked to serious side effects, it was the weight loss that had many people excited about using the drug specifically for weight loss purposes. However, that side effect is nothing when compared with the birth defects that the drug has been proven to cause in women who use the drug while pregnant. Some of those birth defects include PPHN, oral clefts, cleft palate, spina bifida and neural defects. While using Topamax as a weight loss medication in drugs like Qnexa may seem like a good idea on the surface, the risks involved in using the drug long-term may be enough to make women think twice before trying it.
If your child was born with birth defects and you have taken Topamax, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your child’s injuries.