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The Truth About Lorcaserin Or Belviq The Diet Pill

Updated on December 29, 2012
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The FDA has approved the first diet pill for 13 years. Its name is Lorcaserin,and should not be confused with other weight loss pills that are awaiting approval. Once it has been given the full go ahead, it will be marketed under the name Belviq. It has been developed by Arena Pharmaceuticals and its main aim is to control appetite.

With so many Americans and Europeans obese, lorcaserin is being hailed as the new wonder pill. For many people who find it hard to diet, or keep the weight off, this should hopefully be the latest in a long line of pills, tablets, teas and diets that actually might work.

How It Works

Taking data from the latest trials it seems that the drug was successful. 7.5 percent of test patients lost 5 percent of their body weight compared to 20% taking a placebo. In plain English this means that the patients that took the tablet lost 12 pounds compared to the patients who had taken the placebo. Their average weight loss was 2.2 pounds.

The drug works by aiding and controlling the patients appetite. To be more exact, the drug activates the brain receptors for serotonin. The result is that the recipient feels full up after eating a small amount of food.

Serotonin is also involved in mood drugs, such as antidepressants.Researchers are stating that the diet pill does not in anyway affect any other illness or drug. It is purely aimed at suppression of the appetite.

Health Dangers v Health Benefits

For anybody who is really overweight the health benefits are clear. To be obese brings its own problems with health. Diabetes, breathlessness, blood clots and heart disease. Most people who really do find it hard to lose weight are ready to take this pill. But are there problems that we cannot see?

There is a question about the safety of Lorcaserin. Recently in the news, Qnexa, another diet pill was said to be the cause of heart disease. The problem occurred when they discovered that it was the possible cause of irreparable heart valve damage. The FDA withdrew the drug, and the tests are ongoing.

When Lorcaserin was given the go ahead for human consumption, there was an outcry from protesters concerned about health risks with this new drug.

Side Effects of Lorcaserin Brand name Belviq. Listed below are the effects on non diabetic or ill patients.

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation

Patients With Diabetes.

  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Headache
  • Back Pain
  • Cough
  • Fatigue

Other side effects have been noted in animal testing are tumors and heart valve problems.

Diet Pills V Good Diets and Exercise

So what is the best way to lose weight, and keep it off? If you are grossly overweight then the risks of taking a pill that will help reduce your weight may sound like the ideal solution. On the other hand should you chose to lose weight over a long term period then good dieting, exercise and calorie counting is probably the best way to go. It really isn't worth risking your health to lose weight that little bit quicker.

Of course the majority of weight loss diet pills out there today are perfectly safe. Many people use them with absolutely no problem to their health. The best advice is to check and double check before you start taking something that may or may not be safe to consume. Losing weight with the help of diet pills may just be the push you need to start exercising and dieting properly. Using both methods will surely help keep the weight off and your overall health will improve immensely.


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      lol! sorry rebecca! but yes some of these types of Diet pills can be a bit dodgy! thanks for reading, nell

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Gosh! And I saw an coupon for a free trial in Web MD magazine just the other day.Thanks!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, that sounds great, I did try and do more exercising but after my recent stint in hospital I have to be more careful, but I am definitely going to try your diet ideas, thanks so much, nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, that sounds great, I did try and do more exercising but after my recent stint in hospital I have to be more careful, but I am definitely going to try your diet ideas, thanks so much, nell

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm living proof that changing your eating habits and exercising works, and are probably healthier and last longer than any diet pill. About two years ago, just before my half-century mark, I decided to exercise more and eat healthy. Lost about 30 pounds, my target, in four months and kept it off. Have been doing Crossfit as my exercise, and have been on the paleo diet -- basically lots of protein (chicken, beef, etc), fruits and vegetables and nuts, and cutting way back on dairy and carbs. Never felt and looked better in my life. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks midget, yes you are right, just because it makes you lose weight doesn't mean it won't cause other troubles, thanks for reading, nell

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      Michelle Liew 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      The problem with any medication, though well intended, are the side effects! Thanks for sharing, Nell, and I will keep this as reference too and pass it along.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi tammy, that sounds awful! yes I expect they do affect moods, its best to keep to the old fashioned way, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I haven't heard about this diet pill yet. Years ago I took one that made me mean as a snake. My family has forbidden me from taking any other pills. I think the old fashioned way of losing weight is best. Thanks for exposing this!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      HI CyberShelley, I have started a really hard aerobics and ballet exercise routine! whoo! lol! its a cross between barr exercises and push ups etc, its the floor ones that get me but I am getting there, so much more interesting than taking a pill! haha! thanks again for reading, nell

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      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Nell Rose, thank you for keep us apprised of the slimming drug market. I am so tempted at times, however I know they don't work long term and as you point out, the side effects are not great if you happen to be the one that gets them. This is worthwhile and a good timely nudge to be mindful of what we take after having too much Christmas! Up, interesting and useful.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Genna, I didn't realise that they were so addictive, wow! thanks for the info, and glad you liked it, nell

      Hi Vellur, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      I am not so sure about diet pills, I did not know about this piece of information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I was surprised to learn that the FDA is actually approving a diet pill. I remember when I took them for a little while after my son was born…I wanted to lose some extra pounds, and became quickly addicted to them. I’ve been frightened of any kind of diet pill since. Very informative hub, Nell. I hope this pill is safe and truly helps those who need it.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, I have put on so much weight! lol! I will keep to the diet and exercise though! thanks as always, nell

      Hi teaches, yes that's the best way, but its interesting to see if it works, I would like to hear from anyone that has used them, that would be interesting, thanks as always nell

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the news and information on Lorcaserin. I have never taken diet pills as i just practice eating well and exercise. I hope your post helps those who do take pills to make good decisions.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Why can't people just realize that the only sensible way to lose weight is simply with diet and exercise. That's it. One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist or a pill popper, just portion the food and move the body. Excellent hub Nell, hopefully someone or many people learn from your info.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, Happy New Year to you too, hope you had a great time!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      Before time runs out wanna wish you a Happy New Year!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Glimmer, no your fine, just the one comment! lol! yes I totally agree with you, its scary stuff. tablets of any kind can be around for years before someone suddenly realises that they are dangerous, I read today that actually 10 people have died over here this year because of the flu jab! and theres me getting flu and being ill from it, and when I told the doc she said, no you can't be ill from the flu jab!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      8 years ago

      I tried to post a comment a few seconds ago and it did weird things so I hope it did not post more than once. If it did I am sorry. This was a well-researched and interesting hub. I am always a bit wary of diet pills because they always seem to get pulled off of the market after a few years.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi martie, sorry my comment disappeared! lol! thanks for reading, and have a great new year!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi avian, yes that's so true, anything we take may have side effects, if these work then it can only be a good thing, thanks for reading, nell

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      Deb Hirt 

      8 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good article. Even though everything has risks TO SOME DEGREE, it always makes sense to read the disclaimers and be very astute to side effects.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi effer, I am going to start jogging! lol! no, seriously! not just because its the new year, nothing so banal, purely because i am getting fat! lol! thanks as always, and have a great new year!

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Hello Nell! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, gf.......Funny thing, all these diet, exercise & weight loss hubs seem to just appear after the two major "stuff-one's face," Holidays, and right before the entrance of a New Year. I can't figure it out.

      You have very generously, given your readers the news and important information on the latest Rx, aimed at appetite control. Such an excellent job at reporting, Nell! It will be very interesting to discover how well this particular new drug does, once it's on the market.

      I have a tendency to feel precisely as Carol, "DITTO," to Carol's comment!...... Thanks, Nell!...UP+++

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi mary, yes I totally agree, thanks so much for reading, nell

      Hi christopher, lol! have a great new year christopher, hope it's a good one for you, nell

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I think I will stick to diet and exercise myself, although not too much of the latter.

      Have a great New Year Nell. Onwards and Upwards!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I get so tired of hearing about all these "wonder drugs" to make people lose weight. When I was a Call Center agent, I took lots of calls for Sensa. It's something you sprinkle on your food, and it makes you lose weight! I still see that advertised.

      If folks want to lose weight, they should just cut down on their calories!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting information, Nell! Fortunately I have lost my trust in medicine except painkillers. If Lorcaserin activates the brain receptors for serotonin, the alternative would be spending time in the gym until serotonin receptors are activated. Then there will be no side-effects to handle. But I do believe that some people will always need a pill or three to control their body's natural (screwed because of whatever) functions.

      More people die of the side-effects of medicine as from the illness treated by medicine....

      However, good luck for those who are going to give Lorcaserin aka Belviq a go...

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, yes I see your point, that must have been painful too for her, its psychological not physical, thanks as always, and great to see you! have a wonderful new year ruby

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There is no way i would ever take a diet pill, unless you change in your thinking, the weight always returns. I worked with a nurse who had the gastric bypass surgery, within two years she had gained all the weight back. She overate, thus stretching her stomach back to normal size. I go along with drbj. lol.. Great informative hub..Thank's Nell.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi carol, I am so sorry to hear about your friend, that must have been such a shock. I have never tried drugs for dieting, not sure whether I would or not, but after researching this I would really have to look into it, thanks so much for reading, nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Sounds like a great diet drbj! lol! sitting on the hands helps too! lol! thanks!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Seeker, yes I totally agree, most of the overeating is psychological, and that must be sorted out before any diet imposed by the doctor, thanks as always, nell

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      8 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Nell,

      This is a very interesting hub about this new drug - Lorcaserin. I think for many people who are desperate and have tried other ways to lose weight, drugs such as these may well be beneficial - but as you say, the best way is always to try to do it with reduced calories and exercise - if clinically obese preferably with the help of a doctor and/or dietician.

      I think as well that in some cases the route problem of why some people overeat and become obese is never really addressed - for many over eating is a stress releasing act or it covers up other psychological difficulties. Getting help with the 'mind' as well as the body is sometimes the best way forward for many.

      Great hub + voted up!!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Nell, for this update on the new diet drug, Lorcaserin. Sometimes new 'wonder' drugs turn out to be anything but wonderful for those who take them.

      For those who want to lose weight, just do this simple exercise at the dining table. Place both hands at the edge of the table and gently push yourself away. Works every time.

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      I had a friend who died taking one of the original weight loss pills that came out a few decades ago..I don't want to mention names. Her heart and lungs gave out. She was willing to do anything to lose weight except stop overeating. I know it is tough for many to lose weight even when they really try. Unfortunately we cannot give up food as we must eat. I was just thinking I gained about two or three pounds this month..Hard to completely not take advantage of some of the delicious fare out there..But itwill come off in a couple of weeks. I am against drugs for diet..because eating patterns stay the same. Great job on this hub. Voting up and sharing.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, thanks for reading, yes it is one of those subjects that have to be carefully looked at before using, as you said about prozac, its dodgy sometimes but others can be helpful, nell

      Hi lily, lol! yep me too! my son cooked christmas dinner, and he did it great! now for the diet!

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      8 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Well, I'm sitting here, like a stuffed turkey, gosh, I wish I had some help with it,,, great hub Nell, lily

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      Larry Fields 

      8 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell,

      Thanks for informing us about this latest approach to fat loss. Although I have not done any homework on the subject, I do have one reservation about this latest 'magic pill'.

      You mentioned that Belviq is a serotonin-ergic med. So is Prozac; and that has school shootings as a very infrequent side-effect.

      Coincidentally, Belviq sounds too much like the name of that Norwegian neo-Nazi terrorist.

      Voted up and interesting.


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