What Can I Use Instead of Belviq?
The Belviq recall leaves former users of the drug wondering what alternatives exist on the market that may help them treat their condition. There are multiple weight loss drugs available, but like all medications, each option carries a risk of potentially serious side effects. Alternatives to Belviq include Contrave, Phentermine, and Saxenda.
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What's the Difference Between Contrave and Belviq?
Both Belviq and Contrave (naltrexone HCl and bupropion HCl) are used to treat chronic weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obese) as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise and who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia).
Despite being used for the same purposes, Belviq and Contrave belong to different classes. Belviq is a serotonin 2C receptor agonist while Contrave is a combination of an opioid antagonist and an antidepressant. Serious side effects of Contrave include:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Mental problems
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Slow heartbeat
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
Is Belviq Similar to Phentermine?
Phentermine is a weight loss drug that operates differently from Belviq. Phentermine stimulates the central nervous system like an amphetamine to reduce appetite and increase heart rate. As such, phentermine is not appropriate for people with a history of heart disease, severe high blood pressure, a history of drug abuse, and other medical conditions.
Side effects of phentermine may include:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Increased or decreased libido
- Dry mouth
Phentermine is not appropriate for use by pregnant women or anyone who is allergic to the drug. If you feel short of breath or have chest pain, tremors, heart palpitations, or increased blood pressure while taking phentermine, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. Phentermine is also highly addictive, so it is important to talk to a doctor to determine whether the drug is a potential hazard.
Belviq vs Saxenda
While not officially prescribed as an appetite suppressant or weight loss drug, Saxenda (generic: liraglutide) may be used to help patients with underlying weight-related conditions, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Liraglutide helps control insulin production and blood sugar levels, as well as digestive processes.
Saxenda is similar to Belviq in chemical composition as a naturally-occurring hormone. Patients can inject Saxenda and may see weight loss results, if used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.
Side effects of Saxenda may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate
- Gastrointestinal issues
Saxenda may not be appropriate for patients with a history of stomach or heart problems, kidney or liver disease, suicidal thoughts, diabetic ketoacidosis, or high triglyceride levels. Patients should seek medical attention immediately if they have severe side effects, such as a pounding heartbeat or symptoms of a thyroid tumor.
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