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Phentermine and topiramate is a combination medicine prescribed to help people lose weight. It is designed for use in people who are obese or have a health condition caused by being overweight. It comes as a capsule and is usually taken once daily in the morning. For best results, use this medication in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and a regular exercise plan.

What Is Phentermine and Topiramate?

Phentermine and topiramate (Qsymia®) is a prescription medication approved to help certain adults who are overweight or obese lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. It should be used in combination with exercise and a reduced-calorie diet.
 
Your healthcare provider will consider your body mass index (BMI) before prescribing phentermine and topiramate. This medication is specifically approved for use in adults who have a BMI of:
   
(Click BMI Calculator to estimate your BMI.)
 
This medication contains phentermine, which is a potential drug of abuse. Because of this, phentermine and topiramate is considered a Schedule IV "controlled substance" and, like other controlled substances, has strict laws and regulations controlling its use. Topiramate, the other active component in the drug, is not thought to have abuse potential.  
 
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