What is Belviq?
Belviq is a medication that contains a stimulating drug called Lorcaserin. Lorcaserin is working on the brain and changes the chemicals in the brain to induce a feeling of controlled appetite.
This medication is used for managing obesity, food addiction or increased appetite in patients. As a result of this patients stop gaining weight and instead start losing weight as they are eating fewer calories. It is usually an extreme option for many patients and only recommended if required.
This medication has been quite controversial. The reason behind the controversy is the high risk of causing cancer that this medication has. Approval of this medication from FDA took a long time the procedure started in 2009 and after multiple rejections, it was approved in 2012. The medication was available as a prescription medication in the market until January 2020.
In February 2020, the FDA asked this medication to be removed from the market and suspended its approval. The main reason behind the suspension of sales was a high risk of cancer this medication posed. This risk of cancer was discovered by proper clinical trials.
How To Consume Belviq?
Belviq should not be consumed unless recommended or prescribed by a doctor. There are high chances of not finding this medication is available at a pharmacy. Yet if a doctor gives this medication, it should be consumed with extreme caution. Patients are usually advised to take this medication once or twice daily. The first dose is taken early in the morning before or after breakfast. The next dose if required is taken before or after lunch or late in the afternoon.
Consuming this medication for longer than 3 months is not recommended. While using this medication weight should be checked and noted regularly to keep track of progress. While using the medication keep a note of all the side effects and mention it to your doctor as soon as possible.
What Are Side Effects of Belviq?
Cancer is possibly the biggest and the most serious side effect of Belviq or Lorcaserin. Yet patients need to look for other side effects and seek appropriate guidance and help if required. These side effects need to be managed whenever possible and if things get severe medical help might be required.
Normal/Moderate Side Effects
The list side effects of Belviq are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.
- Dry mouth
- Low blood sugar
Serious Side Effects
Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Suicidal thoughts
- Extremely low blood sugar
- Rashes and swelling
- Severe constipation and abdominal pain
Precautions for Belviq Usage
People with the health conditions listed below need to consult a doctor and disclose their complete medical history before using this medication.
- History of heart problems
- Kidney problems
- Respiratory problems
- Liver problems
- Any trouble with bowel movement
- History of substance abuse
Extra care should be taken if this medication is being used to manage the effect of obesity on diabetes. Regular blood sugar level tests should be done to stay safe. Pregnant and nursing mothers should not consume Lorcaserin. It can damage the brain of an unborn or nursing child.
Always take guidance from dietitian to get a proper diet plan that keeps the body hydrated and fulfills the calorie requirement without increasing weight.