After 13 suspenseful years, the FDA has approved a pill that they believe could help to fight the raging obesity epidemic.
Buy stock now, because I have no doubt Belviq (lorcaserin) will be the next blockbuster drug.
Belviq has been approved for use by obese people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. And for a subset of overweight people (with a BMI of more than 27) who have health conditions such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
Luckily, Big Pharma hasn’t yet put the drug on the market. So there’s still time to tell people the truth about it. And there’s plenty you should know before asking your doctor for this expensive medication.
For starters, in 2010, the FDA denied Belviq’s approval because of potential heart-valve risks and increased brain and breast tumor development.
But the drug’s manufacturer, Arena Pharmaceuticals, never reformulated the drug. They just submitted new studies that supposedly show that it isn’t a risk at low doses! Which of course means those risks still exists at high doses.
Other side effects include:
- Possibility of “serotonin syndrome” if you also take SSRIs or SNRIs for depression or migraine. Basically it’s an overload of these “happy receptors.” You may end up with attention or memory problems.
- Diabetics might develop low blood sugar, headaches, back pain, cough, and fatigue. Non-diabetics might get those same side-effects.
- Potential risk of heart attack and stroke (Big Pharma is being ordered to conduct SIX post-marketing studies to look for those problems).
- Women who are pregnant should not take this drug (that’s never a good sign).
But despite all these risks, the chair of the FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee called Belviq “a start in the right direction.” Because, he claims, “We don’t have the tools to really treat obesity.”
Has he looked at what’s available in the toolbox? Because the fact is, there are things you can do that will give you BETTER results than Belviq–without the risks.
Here’s the thing about Belviq: It doesn’t do anything that you can’t do with safe, natural, drug-free alternatives.
Belviq suppresses food cravings by mimicking the effects of serotonin in the brain. Which include making people feel full, and therefore eat less. But SAM-e and 5HTP do the same thing–without the negative side effects.
Plus, Belviq–the supposed new “wonder drug” for weight loss–can help people to lose about 3-4% of their body weight when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, according to its manufacturer.
But if you had a truly healthy diet and exercised, you wouldn’t need a potentially dangerous drug just to lose 3% of your body weight.
Let me just do the math for you on this one. If you weigh 200 pounds, Belviq may help you lose 6 to 8 pounds over an entire year.
You can do that in a week just by cutting out sugary drinks, fruit juices, and alcohol.
The bottom line here is that Belviq is no wonder drug.
There’s a better, safer, much more enjoyable path to weight loss. You don’t have to pop a pill to get there. With my New Hamptons Health Miracle, you can enjoy many, many of the foods you already love and crave. And lose much more than a measly 6 pounds.
“FDA approves Belviq to treat some overweight or obese adults,” FDA News Release (www.fda.gov), 6/27/12