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Have any doctors prescribed the med Belviq (lorcaserin) for weight loss? I just saw an ad for it on TV & and the side effects sound awful. It doesn't even describe what the drug even is! What is it?

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Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine
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In brief: Belviq (lorcaserin)

It is a serotonin receptor drug (similar to the old flenfluramine which was taken off the market in 1997 because of heart valve issues associated with it).
The new drug is at a lower dose, but still some concern for heart valve issues. 50% of users lost 12 pounds over 1 year vs 23% on placebo. Cannot be used with certain anti-depressants (SSRI or MAOI's) nor with tramadol (Ultram).

In brief: Belviq (lorcaserin)

It is a serotonin receptor drug (similar to the old flenfluramine which was taken off the market in 1997 because of heart valve issues associated with it).
The new drug is at a lower dose, but still some concern for heart valve issues. 50% of users lost 12 pounds over 1 year vs 23% on placebo. Cannot be used with certain anti-depressants (SSRI or MAOI's) nor with tramadol (Ultram).
Dr. James Rochester
Dr. James Rochester
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Dr. Connie Anderson
Family Medicine

In brief: Belgic

Exact mechanism is unknown but increases serotonin levels with a long list of side affects.
Most folks want an easy fix but nothing can beat moderation in everything. Weight watcher's is not a diet but the way we should live for optimal health.

In brief: Belgic

Exact mechanism is unknown but increases serotonin levels with a long list of side affects.
Most folks want an easy fix but nothing can beat moderation in everything. Weight watcher's is not a diet but the way we should live for optimal health.
Dr. Connie Anderson
Dr. Connie Anderson
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