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Weight Loss Drug Belviq Linked to Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer: FDA Recall
Belviq (lorcaserin) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012. Other drugs in the diet industry had previously proven to have negative effects on heart function, prompting the FDA to order the drug’s manufacturer Eisai to undergo long-term safety studies of the drug’s cardiac effects and other chronic safety concerns.
Eisai’s five-year clinical trial involved 12,000 patients and concluded no negative cardiac effects were shown; however, the study did show that patients taking Belviq for an extended period of time had an increased risk of cancer types including colorectal, pancreatic and lung cancer compared to similar drugs. Longer medication use correlated with increased cancer risk.
Upon publication of double blind study results showing certain cancers increase, in January 2020, the FDA issued a safety alert regarding Belviq and Belviq XR, warning of the potential cancer risk and stated that evaluation of the study results was ongoing.
The FDA required that healthcare professionals should evaluate the risks of Belviq and compare them to possible benefits when prescribing the medication but did not declare that the increased cancer rates were directly connected.
On February 13, 2020, Eisai agreed to voluntarily withdraw all forms of Belviq and Belviq XR. The recall and withdrawal were issued voluntarily by Eisai, who agreed to cooperate with the agency’s request but disagreed with study conclusion which links cancer to Belviq use.
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Belviq Side Effects
Taking Belviq or Belviq XR products may be linked to an increased risk for the following types of cancer:
- Lung Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Cardiovascular Events
- Heart Attack
- Heart Valve Damage
- Serotonin Syndrome
- And more
How Can Belviq Users Avoid Increased Risk of Cancer?
In order to avoid the increased cancer risks, FDA announced that patients who were prescribed Belviq and Belviq XR have been advised to discontinue their medication and to discuss other medical treatment or methods for their weight-control needs and cardiovascular disease with their health care providers.
The agency also stated that additional monitoring or testing was not required at this time.
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