Concerns over new obesity drug Qnexa
Drs. Siegel, Samadi weigh in
- Duration 2:51
- Date Mar 4, 2012
Drs. Siegel, Samadi weigh in
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Okay very good well new concerns over weight loss drug that was just approved by the FDA you probably read about this one.
Despite the studies that show the drug can lead to dramatic weight loss is it worth it experts are really worried about some side effects.
Doctor -- start with the everyone wants to get to their ideal weight is this not the way well.
I think that this -- is terrific but I'm not ready to see the FDA -- and get a panel just advised the FDA that they should approve it.
And two years ago and hit a different panel -- don't approve it so there's a big controversy here.
This drug has been shown to decrease wait by 10%.
In one year that's very very powerful stuff.
It's got to ingredients in it though and I'm always wary of combo pills because -- -- -- side effects I don't know which those were doing which one of the ingredients called for Letterman I prescribed regularly.
I'm aware that can cause palpitations -- concludes your heart rate to go up but it's a very good weight loss -- it was part of fen Phen.
Which was a huge disaster back in 1997.
And led to a lot of lawsuits but it wasn't defend him.
The problem with -- -- which is the drug we're talking about here is the other ingredient total Macs which we use as a seizure medication we use it for migraines.
And it is extremely successful at that but.
And it can help you lose weight I think it's really a great drug for weight -- the problem is.
It also leads the cognitive slowing it also leads to memory loss and a brand new study Jamie just showed.
That it doubles your risk of birth defects so I don't agree.
With the FDA that they're about to prove this.
I agree that they should do more studies presented this the pill and this combination has never been studied before before I see an approved and that hasn't been an obesity drug.
-- appropriate approved.
In thirteen years.
Are you ever hear how we fast track approval it we'll say there's more stars what we can't have I think you know why I'm not a big fan of these weight loss medications I think there's only one right now on the market that is any -- -- because of a lot of GI symptoms I think there's always room for another one.
Cure next that was rejected two years ago David -- did more research they're coming back with more effectively just -- -- vote about twenty.
22 and -- most likely FDA will improve this in April 17 that big message again this is another quick fix and that's what we're looking for.
Obesity take the medication -- -- -- take this statement addition.
That's bad medicine that only what -- going to lose sleep -- lose your way.
He is -- to change your lifestyle behavioral changes lifestyle changes are really the way to go you've got to break this cycle you've got to look at the portion of the food now.
There are so will be stations that are over 3400 pounds this is a desperate medication because the risk of obesity.
Which is high blood pressure stroke cancer.
Outweighs the risk and -- patients' medications like this can bring them to some sort of normal way it's okay I'm actually there's.