Belviq is a weight-loss drug, also known as lorcaserin, that was first approved by the FDA in 2012. It is one of several medications for weight loss in people who are overweight with weight-related medical issues or who have obesity. It is meant for those who have not had success losing weight through diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle changes, or for people who have been unable to sustain the weight loss they do achieve. It works by affecting brain serotonin signaling in the parts of your brain that help control your appetite, so you feel more full and eat less.
Can Belviq Cause Cancer?
In a five-year double-blind study consisting of over 12,000 people, those taking lorcaserin were more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than those taking a placebo. The FDA stated a range of cancer types were reported, however, the types most frequently reported in those taking Belviq were:
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
What Are The Belviq Side Effects?
There are some side effects when taking lorcaserin, other than the increased cancer risk, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Easy bleeding/bruising
- Mood changes
- Shaking or twitching muscles
- Thoughts of suicide
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
Has Belviq Been Recalled?
The FDA requested Eisai, the manufacturer, pull all lorcaserin products from the market. Eisai has complied with this request.
Work With a Belviq Attorney for Help
Our award-winning lawyers can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by taking lorcaserin.
The following criteria must be met to file a lawsuit against Eisai, the drug manufacturer:
- Diagnosed with pancreatic, colorectal, or lung cancer within seven years of taking Belviq
- Cancer must have originated in the pancreas, colon, or lungs
- Took Belviq, Belviq XR, or another brand of lorcaserin for six months total
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