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Belviq(Lorcaserin) is a relatively new weight loss medication that was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in June of 2012 as an a long term treatment for obesity or overweight status. The other new weight loss medication, Qsymia, was also approved by the USFDA around the same time in June of 2012.


As the United States and the rest of the world fights an epidemic of obesity or being overweight, there has long been a need for medications that curb the appetite, stimulate metabolism and assist in patients efforts at losing weight under the supervision of a weight loss physician. See the main article diet pills.

Who is a candidate for Belviq?

You may be talk to your doctor about Belviq or Qsymia if you:

How Does Belviq Work?

Belviq(lorcaserin) works by activating a part of the mind that controls hunger called appetite center.

How is Belviq taken?

Belviq is a 10 mg tablet taken twice a day.

Clinical trials of Belviq

  • Belviq was investigated or studied in three clinical trials that continued from 52 to 104 weeks with nearly 8,000 obese and overweight patients.

Amount of weight loss with Belviq

The mean weight decrease for patients taking Belviq ranged from 3 to 3.7 percent over those taking a placebo.

  • in patients without type 2 diabetes, about 47 per-cent of patients lost at least 5 percent of their weight compared with 23 per hundred of patients treated with placebo.

Belviq should be ceased or stopped if a patient falls short or fails to lose 5 per hundred of their weight after 12 weeks of treatment,as it is improbable that continued treatment will be successful.

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Update:As of February 2020, Belviq is being withdrawn from the US market due to concerns about cancer.


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