Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Qnexa - A Diet Pill For the Future?

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Popping a pill to make the pounds melt away sounds too good to be true. And, at the moment it’s still a pipe dream.

However, there are many diet and weight loss drugs currently undergoing tests and trials in the hopes of finding a miracle diet pill that really works. One that’s produced some promising results, is a two in one drug called Qnexa.

Qnexa is a diet pill made from two existing drugs and it could help people lose up to two stone in a year.

Popping a pill to make the pounds melt away sounds too good to be true. And, at the moment it’s still a pipe dream. However, there are many diet and weight loss drugs currently undergoing tests and trials in the hopes of finding a miracle diet pill that really works. One that’s produced some promising results, is a two in one drug called Qnexa.

Qnexa is a diet pill made from two existing drugs and it could help people lose up to two stone in a year.

The pill, Qnexa, contains 'phentermine', an amphetamine-based slimming drug and 'topiramate' which is used for treating epilepsy and migraines. However, due to safety concerns, it hasn’t, as yet, received approval from the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) for general use until more research information has been done.

The study into the weight loss effects of the diet pill was published in the medical journal, The Lancet. Some 2,487 men and women with a body mass index of between 27 to 45 took part in the 56 week long study. All participants also had to have a minimum of two obesity-related illnesses such as type IIdiabetes or high blood pressure. Of those taking part, 979 were given a placebo, 488 a low dose regimen and 981 given a higher dose.

The results were remarkable. Participants taking the highest dose were found to have lost an average of 28 pounds over the course of the study, while those on the low dose lost 22 pounds and those taking the placebo, a mere 4 pounds. Other positive results included improvements in cholesterol levels and reduced blood pressure.

While this is exciting news for researchers, there are concerns over its safety. Side effects including dizziness and tingling sensations, constipation, anxietyand depression were a problem for around 21 percent of participants. And one of the drugs, topiramate, has also raised some concerns over links with birth defects, memory and mood problems. However, of the 34 women who became pregnant during the trial, no birth defects were reported.

So, until Qnexa receives the seal of approval, the hunt for a wonder weight losspill will no doubt continue, especially as obesity rates continue to spiral. In the meantime, there are plenty of other weight loss options that don’t involve taking pills.

You can read more on this study at WebMD.









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