What To Know About the New FDA Approved Diet Pill Belviq

The first diet pill approved by the FDA in thirteen years hit pharmacies across the country in June, 2012.  We’ve had people ask, what exactly does Belviq do? Is it safe? And who should take it?

Let’s take a look at these questions.

Belviq works by controlling your appetite.  It activates receptors in the brain for serotonin.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that makes you feel satisfied.  But does it work?  The drug’s maker Arena Pharmaceuticals said that during a trial said that nearly half of the people that took the drug lost on average 5% of their starting weight over a 12 month period.
Who should take Belviq?

The FDA approved the sale of the drug for people that have a BMI of 30 or more.  Need to know what your BMI is?  Find out here.

Are there side effects and what are they?

The most common side effects of Belviq in non-diabetic patients are headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth and constipation; in patients with diabetes, side effects include low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough and fatigue.  There was some concern that the drug could cause problems with heart valves in patients.  In fact this concern is what caused the FDA to reject the drug’s approval in 2010.  Further studies showed that the doses were low enough not to cause concern for heart problems.

While this drug can provide effective weight loss results, it’s been shown to be even more effective is paired with a lifestyle of health diet and exercise.

If you think you might be a candidate for Belviq or would like to talk to our office about ways to lose weight, we would be more than happy to consult with you.  Just give us a call or book an appointment online.

Here’s to your health!
Dr. K. Bennett
Sunshine Medical Walk In Clinic