Belviq or lorcaserin, is produced and distributed by Arena Pharmaceuticals. It was designed to aid weight loss by activating receptors that trigger the release of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that is responsible for letting your body know when it “feels full”. The new diet drug was initially tested and was denied approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 because of concerns that arose when lab rats which were given over 5 times the recommended dosage, developed heart valve disorders as well as increased tumors that were found in both the brain and breast. Over time these concerns were not found in human subjects and Belviq was FDA approved in May of 2012. Although the drug hasn’t increased the risk of cancer or heart valve issues, it does have several hazardous and potentially fatal side effects.
Some of the mild physical side effects that are experienced by patients taking Belviq include headache, drowsiness, back pain, nausea, dry mouth feeling tired, and constipation. Some of the more serious physical side effects can include stiff muscles, fever, rapid heart rate, loss of coordination, trouble breathing, swelling, low blood sugar and fainting. Along with the physical side effects that are associated with the diet drug, there are also several psychological effects that have surfaced among patients. Some of these effects include having unusual thoughts that result in extreme happiness or extreme bouts of sadness. Patients have also experienced having outer body occurrences where they have felt like they are standing beside themselves. Hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts and feelings have also been experienced from taking this drug. If you have taken this medication and have had any of these side effects it is highly recommended that you see medical attention.
The side effects that occur as a result of taking Belviq have increasingly been discovered over time and several have transpired from interacting with other medications. Some of the medications that interfere with Belviq include but are not limited to Dostinex, ADHD medications, insulin, blood pressure medications, narcotic pain relievers, MAO inhibitors, antidepressants, migraine medicines, cough and cold relievers, and erectile dysfunction medications. There may be several other medications that interfere with Belviq that may not have been discovered. If you are experiencing side effects as a result of taking Belviq with other drugs be sure to consult a physician to report these effects.