Initiating Therapy

Convenient once-daily dosing1

1 Pill - once a day

Get Started

It's important to initiate therapy correctly to help your patients get started with appropriate supply.

Write 2 prescriptions:

  • Start patients on 14 days on Qsymia 3.75 mg/23 mg1
  • Followed by 30 days on the recommended dose of Qsymia 7.5 mg/46 mg1

Then Evaluate

After 12 weeks at the recommended dose:

If weight loss is less than 3%, discontinue or escalate dosage.1

To escalate, write 2 prescriptions:

  • Start patients on 4 days on Qsymia 11.25 mg/69 mg1
  • Followed by 30 days on Qsymia 15 mg/92 mg1

12 weeks after escalating to the top dose:

If weight loss is less than 5%, discontinue treatment.1

Taper Qsymia 15 mg/92 mg gradually. Require 1 dose every other day for at least 1 week prior to stopping, due to the possibility of precipitating a seizure with abrupt cessation.1

In patients with moderate hepatic impairment or moderate/severe renal impairment, the maximum dose should not exceed the recommended dose (7.5 mg/46 mg).

The suggested follow-up is 2—8 weeks.

For more information, see the Prescriber Dosing and Management Checklist.

Counsel Patients1

Counsel patients at each visit to:

  • Consistently use contraception to avoid pregnancy because of the increased risk of teratogenicity, if she is a female of reproductive potential. Refer these patients to the Risk of Birth Defects with Qsymia patient brochure
  • Modify their lifestyle, eat properly, and engage in regular physical activity
  • Not share Qsymia with anyone else
  • Report any symptoms of concern

Locate a Qsymia-certified retail pharmacy

Instruct your patients to visit to locate a Qsymia-certified retail pharmacy.

Choose Qsymia as first-line choice for a range of overweight and obese patient types who need to achieve significant weight loss1,2

Qsymia has been clinically proven to provide effective and well-tolerated treatment for a range of overweight and obese patient types1-2

Review Data by Patient Type

Choose Qsymia as first-line for obesity treatment1,2


Source: McKesson Specialty Health, 2015.

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