Will Lorcaserin work for you?
Lorcaserin is one of the very few diet pills that were approved by FDA for the market. It’s been about two years since the Belviq® has become available at the pharmacies and over this period it has helped many patients to lose weight and decrease their BMI. However, not everyone has benefited from it. So how to make sure it will work for you?
Lorcaserin hydrochloride works by affecting the chemicals in the brain that are responsible for appetite. Basically, when you eat, it sends the message to your brain that you are already full and do not need to keep on eating. This helps patients control their cravings and manage portion the size much easier.
Is Belviq an option for me?
Your doctor might want to consider prescribing Belviq for weight loss if you can describe yourself as follows:
– You are obese (with the Body Mass Index bigger than 30)
– You are overweight (BMI bigger than 27) and suffering from related health conditions (Hypertension, Diabetes and other)
– You are not pregnant
– You are not breast-feeding
– You do not have allergy to the ingredients
Before you can start taking the diet pill, you will need to inform your doctor about any medication that you are currently taking, or have been taking in past. Your doctor should also know about any health problems (diabetes, heart problems, cancer, anemia, liver or kidney problems, penis deformity, depression, etc.). Some conditions can be incompatible with Lorcaserin hydrochloride.
There are also quite a lot of drugs that can interact with how Belviq works. Medication that is used to fight depression and anxiety deserves special attention, as it can cause serious damage to your health if taken together with Lorcaserin. Make sure your doctor is well-informed about anything you’ve been takin, whether it is over-the-counter drug, herbal product or even vitamins.
How do I know whether Lorcaserin is working?
What every patient should know is that Belviq is not a magic pill that will make you drop the pounds. Moreover, it is certainly not a “quickie”. So if your goal is to lose twenty pounds in two weeks, Belviq is definitely not for you.
Because Belviq is a slow-acting drug, many patients start wondering: how long does it take Belviq to work? That, of course, differs from patient to patient. However, usually, patients can observe the effects of Lorcaserin from the very first day of the course. Many report lower appetite and feeling of fullness even after eating much less than usual.
Moreover, your doctor will be following your progress. There are certain deadlines, by which time you are expected to lose a certain amount of weight. If your results do not meet these expectations, however, you will need to stop taking Belviq. For instance, if after twelve weeks of taking Belviq according to the prescription, you do not lose even 5 percent of the total body weight, the drug will be considered ineffective for you. Researchers are convinced that if the results are insufficient after the first 10 to 12 weeks, they will not improve in future either.
How much weight can I lose with Belviq?
Every patient’s organism is different and, therefore, will show different results. However, according to the several studies conducted by creators of the drug (Arena Pharmaceuticals), participants who have completed the one-year-long course, on average, have lost about 8.2 percent of body weight (around 30 pounds / 13 kg).
We remind that this is an average weight loss with Belviq, meaning that there were many who have succeeded to lose more. And although the numbers might seem small, even this weight loss can significantly improve the overall health of the patient.
Will I stop craving food?
This question is one of the most common questions asked by the patients. To answer that we should first explain how Belviq works. It is a selective serotonin receptor (5-HT2C) agonist, which means that it specifically targets the receptor responsible for hunger. By doing so it suppresses the appetite, allowing the patients to eat less.
So, why then some patients who have been taking the drug as prescribed, end up asking the doctor: “I take Lorcaserin, so why am I still hungry?”
Well, the emphasis in the case described higher is on the physical hunger, which is regulated by hormones. Your body sends you the signals that it does not require food.
However if you consider yourself an “emotional eater” (if you turn to food when you are stressed out, anxious, or under pressure, because it helps you cope better), the drug will most probably not help you. This type of people sees food as a reward and normally would still consume their food, even if they do not experience physical hunger.
Other conditions may include psychological disorders (like binge-eating) and bad eating habits. If you feel like this describes your behavior, be sure to inform your doctor about your observations.
Can I do something to make Belviq work better?
The answer is a thousand times “yes”. In fact, you are supposed to do something. Lorcaserin is prescribed as a supplement to a weight loss program. It will barely give any results if your lifestyle remains the same.
Patients are required to change their habits. Doctors will provide the information about the better food choices and a healthy diet that the patients are expected to follow. Moreover, exercising plays an important role in the weight loss plan, so it should be included in the patents’ daily routine.
Doctors remind that Belviq cannot do all the work for them and magically burn fat. Lorcaserin hydrochloride is used to assist people on their weight loss journey, to make it easier to manage portion sizes and control appetite.
To make your weight loss even more significant, health experts recommend drinking more water, keeping a food journal (where you can write down everything you eat throughout the day), and leading a more active lifestyle.