Belviq FAQ

How does Belviq work?

Belviq diet pill is based on the active ingredient called Lorcaserin hydrochloride. Lorcaserin works as a serotonin receptor agonist, but it is much more selective than other SSRI’s (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). There is the 5-HT receptor subfamily in the brain and lorcaserin only activates the 5-HT2C molecule. These serotonin receptors are responsible for the feeling of satiety. Therefore, by taking Lorcaserin HCI regularly, people become full much faster and report having fewer cravings.

It is very important to activate the 5-HT2C molecule only, as the predecessors of the drug were not as selective and although they did the job, they were shown to cause very serious health conditions.

Who is Belviq prescribed to?

In order to buy Belviq prescription drug, one should meet the restrictions placed on the drug. Belviq is usually only prescribed to obese patients (with the body mass index higher than 30) who struggle to lose weight using the traditional diet and exercise method. Belviq weight-loss pill is supposed to assist them on the weight loss journey.

Can overweight people take Belviq?

Lorcaserin diet pill is sometimes prescribed to overweight people as well (with the body mass index higher than 27). However, that happens only in cases where a certain health condition prevents them from losing weight or the patients struggle from the weight-related health problems. These include high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and others.

Who is not allowed to take Belviq?

Belviq was proven to safe and effective by several studies. However, not everyone is allowed to take the drug. For instance, women who intend to become pregnant in near future, who are pregnant or are lactating cannot take Lorcaserin HCI.

Other times, people might be very sensitive to the drug ingredients or even have allergies. Make sure you inform your doctor about all health details before you start the Belviq treatment.

Is Belviq compatible with other medications?

That highly depends on the medication you intend to take. Lorcaserin HCI is supposed to be safe and compatible with diabetes medication and herbal supplements. However, make sure to discuss you usual medication (or medication that you take on occasional basis) with your doctor. He or she will tell whether Belviq can be taken together with the respective medication.

What Belviq diet pill is not compatible with is the other SSRI’s. If you suffer from depression or have been taking SSRI’s in past, inform your doctor about it. Combined with other SSRI’s, Lorcaserin can cause very dangerous side effects, such as Serotonin Syndrome orNeuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions.

Why did it take so long to approve Belviq?

Belviq weight-loss medication is the first drug in 13 years that has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The previous weight-loss medications were taken off the market because of the safety issues.

It took 9 years for Arena Pharmaceuticals researchers to develop and test the Lorcaserin properly. After years of no weight-loss medication on the market, anything new would be taken very serious. Belviq had 3 complete randomized clinical trials to prove its safety and efficacy. Finally, Lorcaserin got FDA approval and is now available in US and other counties of the world.

Is Belviq banned in Europe?

Although you will not find Belviq (Lorcaserin) pills in the pharmacies of the European Union, it was not officially banned. Belviq distributors have sent the application to get the license to sell Belviq in Europe, but they withdrew it before getting any answer.

However, with obesity becoming more and more common, the health organizations of Europe are considering various ways of prevention and treatment. That is why it is believed that people will be able to buy Belviq in Europe already in late 2015 or early 2016.

What are the most common side effects of Belviq?

Lorcaserin is a serious medication that can cause side effects, from light to more serious ones. Lorcaserin light side effects occur more often, especially at the very start of the treatment. These include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea and constipation in patients without diabetes. In patients who have diabetes, the most common side effects are slightly different: headaches, feeling tired, experiencing back pains, cough and drowsiness.

If you experience any of Lorcaserin side effects, make sure to inform your doctor. Also, be sure to note any changes that occur after you start taking belviq. If anything bothers you, contact your doctor or go the closest emergency room immediately.

Is there a cheap version of Belviq?

The price of Belviq diet pills is determined by many factors, including the amount of many spent on developing and testing the drug. And because there are no generic versions of Belviq (and there won’t be for quite a long time), there are no cheap versions of Belviq.

What you can do is to check whether your insurance covers at least partially the Belviq price. Also, be sure to use the two-week free supply offered by the Belviq official distributors.