What is the Weight Loss Drug Belviq?
Belviq (Lorcaserin) is a prescription-only weight loss drug, manufactured by Eisai, Inc. and approved by the FDA in 2012. It was primarily prescribed by a healthcare professional for overweight and obese patients struggling to lose weight and for other weight-related health issues.
Its generic equivalent ingredient, lorcaserin, facilitated weight loss in patients by altering signals in the brain that trigger appetite and hunger. These simple chemical changes increased feelings of fullness among patients compared to a sugar pill – convincing them to reduce caloric intake and consume much less than they normally would.
Why was Belviq Recalled?
On January 14, 2020, the FDA issued a warning against Eisai, Inc., stating that a safety trial concluded that taking Belviq may be associated with an increased risk of a cancer diagnosis. After a more comprehensive look at the double blind study, the FDA concluded that the elevated risk of cancer from Belviq outweighed any potential benefits the drug may have had. Therefore, on February 13, the FDA requested that the weight loss drugs be removed from shelves.
Taking the weight loss medication Belviq may be linked to an increased occurrence of the following serious side effects:
- Colorectal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Liver cancer
- Cardiovascular Events
- Heart Attack
- Heart Valve Damage
- Serotonin Syndrome
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Does Belviq Affect Your Memory?
Studies have shown that certain Belviq XR products may cause the early stages of memory loss depending on the dosage taken and the length at which they consumed the drug. Additionally, patients with diabetes who take lorcaserin have also developed cancer, back pain, coughing, and hypoglycemia as a result of taking the drug. Lorcaserin can also cause heart valve issues, pancreatic cancer, and slowed heartbeat.
The Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the medication as a Schedule IV controlled substance citing risks of dependence; people who take more than prescribed might experience hallucinations, slowed thinking, and euphoria.
Belviq can also adversely interact with other medications. The European Medicines Agency also rejected the drug over safety concerns in 2012.
What Should I Do if I'm Taking Belviq?
The FDA requested that all patients who still have Belviq to control their appetite should stop taking it immediately to avoid personal injury. If you are a patient who has previously taken Belviq, it is recommended to consult your doctor or other healthcare professionals immediately to discuss any alternative solutions and to stop prescribing Belviq.
Additionally, the FDA recommends that patients in possession of Belviq dispose of it immediately in a safe manner. According to their recommendations, it is best to dispose of the remaining doses at a drug take-back location. However, if this is not practical, you may also dispose of any Belviq in your standard trash as follows:
- Mix pills with any unappetizing substance, such as cat litter or dirt
- Do NOT crush the pills to minimize environmental contamination
- Place the mixture in a sealed plastic bag
- Throw the bag away in your household garbage
Be sure to remove any personal or otherwise sensitive information on your prescription bottle to minimize the potential risk of identity theft.
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What Compensation Could I Be Awarded?
Every case is unique, but people who successfully file drug lawsuits may be owed money for some of the following damages:
- Past and future medical costs (including medication, hospital stays, in-home medical bills, in-home care)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral expenses (in the event of a loved one’s death)
- Broadly speaking, a plaintiff could be entitled to seek compensation against the drug maker for any past and future costs associated with their cancer diagnosis
Get a Free Consultation With Our Texas Belviq Lawyers
The Dangerous Drug Litigation Group at our firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of Belviq patients. We are handling individual Belviq Cancer Lawsuits in Texas and nationwide and currently accepting new cancer diagnosis cases in all 50 states.
If you were diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, Belviq XR, or alternative weight loss treatments, you should contact our law firm immediately to schedule a free consultation and legal action. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer for past and future costs and a Texas Belviq lawyer can help with personal injury claims.