by Editor on June 21, 2016

Belviq review

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Belviq is a prescription brand name diet drug that is FDA-approved as a weight loss treatment and is manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals. It functions as an appetite suppressant, helping to satisfy the feeling of hunger for longer, enabling the user to eat less and making it easier for them to adopt and adhere to a diet that is healthy and lower in calories.

Belviq contains a drug called lorcaserin. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as serotonin receptor agonists. It is believed to work by affecting a certain region of the brain that is responsible for helping to control appetite. More specifically, it activates serotonin, a neurotransmitter that triggers feelings of fullness and satisfaction.

Typically, Belviq is prescribed as a treatment for obesity and is meant to be used in conjunction with exercise and a reduced calorie diet. Usually, it is prescribed to individuals with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher or to those who are overweight with a BMI of 27 or higher and who also have at least one weight-related health condition like diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Lorcaserin is an oral medication and should be taken only as directed by a physician. Doctors who prescribe this drug believe that its benefits outweigh its potential risks to their patients. With that in mind, there are certain side effects associated with Belviq. These include, but are not necessarily limited to: dizziness, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth, headaches and constipation.

Furthermore, individuals who take this medication but who have diabetes may also experience side effects including headache, fatigue, back pain, cough and low blood sugar. Since low blood sugar is a risk factor, these patients are closely monitored by their doctors when taking Belviq.

It should also be noted that this medication can be habit forming. For this reason, users should never take more than their prescribed dosage. They should also speak to their doctor before stopping the medication to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Belviq is not safe for everyone. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant. Also inform your doctor if you have diabetes, sickle cell anemia, kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure or any other past or current medical condition. Also inform your physician if you are taking any medication including over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements.

Finally, Belviq may not work well for everyone. If you do not lose sufficient weight within the first 12 weeks of treatment, there may be not benefit for you in taking this medication. Your doctor may direct you to stop taking it. Therefore, it is important to be monitored by your healthcare provider throughout your entire course of treatment.

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