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  • Vivus Looks Into European Approval As Company Pins Hopes On Qsymia  [View article]
    Phemale60- Yes, I know about the phentermine as well, hence my comment about the "combination of side effects." This is just my opinion offered for information purposes only (which you are free to disregard)-I am not suggesting you should sell your stock.

    Healthy thoughts: it is good the dosages are lower, but I am not excited about the phentermine either, and it's potential effects on the heart.
    Aug 14, 2012. 11:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vivus Looks Into European Approval As Company Pins Hopes On Qsymia  [View article]
    Yes, personal in that I personally experienced topiramate's side effects. I also have spoken to others who have experienced "brain fog" while on topiramate- including one young girl who was unable to keep up in her AP math classes while taking it for seizures. Maybe such a side effect would not be as problematic for everyone, but my profession requires me to be analytical and detail-oriented, so for me the decision to stop taking it was a no-brainer (pun intended.)
    Aug 13, 2012. 01:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Vivus Looks Into European Approval As Company Pins Hopes On Qsymia  [View article]
    Topiramate also adversely affects your ability to think and reason. It sounds like Qysmia will produce a very unpleasant combination of side effects.
    Aug 10, 2012. 06:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A bevy of Street analysts weigh in on Vivus' (VVUS +11%): Cowen says Qsymia has "considerably better" efficacy over Arena's (ARNA -7.5%) Belviq. Brean Murray says the approval came clean, without any harsh restrictions. Jefferies - after initially being negative on the stock - calls the FDA decision a "major win" for the company and upgrades the shares to Underperform. Wells Fargo is a bit more cautious, saying that despite the big win, the company still faces reimbursement challenges, a restrictive distribution network, and patient compliance.   [View news story]
    In addition to the stimulant, Qsymia contains topiramate (Topamax) which I took for a short time for migraines. Topiramate is also used for seizures. I did not stay on it for long because it made me stupid- sluggish and unable to reason well. Everyone I have spoken with about this drug has had similar reactions. A friend of mine's daughter who took it in high school for seizures was unable to keep up in her math classes, and without topiramate she is brilliant in math. Not sure losing weight is worth stupidity + speed.
    Jul 19, 2012. 03:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment