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What medicines are approved for long-term treatment of obesity since meridia?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: FDA approved Belviq (lorcaserin)

The first new drug in years was just approved by the us fda.
Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) is for weight management in obese patients and in overweight who have a weight-related problem. It reportedly is seen as an aid in addition to exercise and low-calorie diet. Here is the 6-27-12 press release; we will know more later. http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm309993.htm.

In brief: FDA approved Belviq (lorcaserin)

The first new drug in years was just approved by the us fda.
Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) is for weight management in obese patients and in overweight who have a weight-related problem. It reportedly is seen as an aid in addition to exercise and low-calorie diet. Here is the 6-27-12 press release; we will know more later. http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm309993.htm.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Weight loss meds

As of 8/1/2012, there are now 4 fda-approved drugs for weight loss.
3 for long term use and one for short term use. 6/27/12, fda approved lorcaserin (belviq), 7/17/2012 fda approved qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). Orlistat approved in 1999. The short term weight loss med is called phentermine.

In brief: Weight loss meds

As of 8/1/2012, there are now 4 fda-approved drugs for weight loss.
3 for long term use and one for short term use. 6/27/12, fda approved lorcaserin (belviq), 7/17/2012 fda approved qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). Orlistat approved in 1999. The short term weight loss med is called phentermine.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Today, the FDA approved a drug called locarserin for weight loss (6/27/12). This was turned down 2 years ago but after reconsideration, was approved today. This is the first anti-obesity drug to be approved since 1999. There is another combination drug seeking approval in 7/2012 so we might end up with 4 drugs by the end of this year.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: New Drug approved

The fda approved a new drug, lorcaserin (lorquess) today, 6/27/12.
While it did lead to weight loss, that loss was pretty low - just 5-6 kg (11-13 pounds), so it's not expected to be the answer for many people's weight problems.

In brief: New Drug approved

The fda approved a new drug, lorcaserin (lorquess) today, 6/27/12.
While it did lead to weight loss, that loss was pretty low - just 5-6 kg (11-13 pounds), so it's not expected to be the answer for many people's weight problems.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
WebMD gives the brand name for lorcaserin as Belviq, Arena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA, which was, indeed, just approved today.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Belviq has been the working name through development & approval, but it is expected to marketed as Lorquess.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
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In brief: Belviq (lorcaserin) Just now

The fda just approved Belviq (lorcaserin) for obesity (bmi > 30).
First long term drug in 10 years. We will have to gain some experience. Modest weight loss.

In brief: Belviq (lorcaserin) Just now

The fda just approved Belviq (lorcaserin) for obesity (bmi > 30).
First long term drug in 10 years. We will have to gain some experience. Modest weight loss.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Dr. Nicholas Karyotakis
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Qnexa and Belviq (lorcaserin)

Fda recently approved 2 new drugs that should be available by prescription only, in late 2012/early 2013.
Qnexa consists of the two prescription drugs Phentermine and topiramate. Belviq® (lorcaserin hci) behaves as an appetite suppressant which helps patients lose weight by essentially causing them to feel less hunger sensations. You should see a weight loss specialist for more information.

In brief: Qnexa and Belviq (lorcaserin)

Fda recently approved 2 new drugs that should be available by prescription only, in late 2012/early 2013.
Qnexa consists of the two prescription drugs Phentermine and topiramate. Belviq® (lorcaserin hci) behaves as an appetite suppressant which helps patients lose weight by essentially causing them to feel less hunger sensations. You should see a weight loss specialist for more information.
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