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  • Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) should NOT be used during pregnancy

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    Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:50 pm Email this article

    Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) "must not be used during pregnancy because it can cause harm to a fetus," notes the press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Topiramate can cause cleft palate

    Topiramate can cause cleft palate in fetuses

    “Data show that a fetus exposed to topiramate, a component of Qsymia, in the first trimester of pregnancy has an increased risk of oral clefts (cleft lip with or without cleft palate).

    Females must NOT become pregnant while on the drug

    Females must NOT become pregnant while taking Qsymia

    “Females of reproductive potential must not be pregnant when starting Qsymia therapy or become pregnant while taking Qsymia.

    Females should ensure they are NOT pregnant before taking the drug

    Females should take a pregnancy test BEFORE taking Qsymia

    “Females of reproductive potential should have a negative pregnancy test before starting Qsymia and every month while using the drug and should use effective contraception consistently while taking Qsymia.”


    FDA. FDA approves weight-management drug Qsymia. July 17, 2012.

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