A medication commonly used to treat migraines and seizures could also help with weight loss -- when combined with another drug.
The migraine drug Topamax and weight loss treatment phentermine were found to help patients lose between 18 and 22 pounds in a study -- along with lifestyle counseling.
Patients in the study who received counseling alone lost an average of three pounds.
Researchers say the drugs also appeared to reduce other obesity-related indicators like blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation.
The study was paid for by the pharmaceutical company Vivus, which combined the drugs into one pill called "Qnexa".
The new drug is awaiting F-D-A approval.
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