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How & Where to Dispose of Belviq Pills?
What You Should Know

If you were formerly prescribed the weight-loss drugs Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin) and now have extra pills in your possession that you want to get rid of, you should not simply throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet, as these pharmaceuticals can pollute the water and unintentionally expose people to chemicals in the medications.
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How Should I Dispose of Belviq Pills?

If you have unused Belviq pills, you should take them to a drug take back location in your area. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a list of drug take back programs [1], including periodic events and permanent drop-off locations. You should never take Belviq pills to a donation and reuse program, since the drug has been recalled over an increased cancer risk.

If there is not a drug take back program available in your area, it is possible to throw Belviq away in your trash using the following steps to safely dispose of the medication:

  • Take the medicine out of the container it came in. You can throw that container away after scratching out any personal information printed on the label. This will help protect your identity and health information.
  • Mix the medicine with a substance that doesn't taste good, such as cat litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds. Don't crush tablets or capsules.
  • Place the mixture in some other container, such as a sealed plastic bag or can.
  • Put that container in your household trash.

Why You Shouldn't Flush Pills Down the Toilet

Recent studies have found that prescription drugs flushed down the drain can contaminate lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in the drinking water supply. Certain medications, such as hormones and antidepressants, include endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) which interfere with the reproduction and normal growth of many aquatic species, such as frogs and fish.

When medications are flushed down a toilet or drain, they enter the wastewater treatment system, which cleans up the water. Unfortunately, many of these treatment systems are not designed to remove medications.

Is Belviq Back on the Market?

No. Eisai Inc. voluntarily recalled Belviq [2] from the U.S. market in February 2020. The FDA requested that Eisai pull Belviq after a 5-year clinical trial found an increased risk of cancer among its patients.

Is Lorcaserin a Controlled Substance?

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled lorcaserin, the active ingredient in Belviq, as a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). According to the DEA, abuse of lorcaserin may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III. Based on these findings, the Administrator of DEA concludes that lorcaserin warrants control in Schedule IV of the CSA (21 U.S.C. 812(b)(4)).

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