Belviq is one of the new weight loss prescription pills that have won approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the last thirteen years. The hope for approved weight-loss products started fading away after many prescription drugs like ephedrine was removed from the market. It is known that weight loss drugs have not been doing well in the market because of their ability to cause side effects that might even lead to death. This is probably the reason why it took so long for the FDA to approve this drug. The medication is also known as lorcaserin. It represents a new hope for people with a body mass index (BMI) of more than thirty points. In this article, we are going to review the product to get a better picture of what it is all about. Before we dive into the ingredients of Belviq (lorcaserin HCl) let us take a look at who the manufacturer of the product is.
Well, this prescription pill is made by the company called Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This pharmaceutical company was co-founded by Dominic Behan and Jack Lief. They also offer some other products many of which are still in the development, thus, they have no approval from the FDA. Arena Pharmaceuticals still needs to do more to prove itself in the modern market. There are some doubts whether the product we are reviewing today does well and proves its safety and effectiveness. The company is not reputable or well known in the country. The official website is low-informative and does not contain enough information about the ingredients used in the product. But, fortunately, we have done our own research of the topic. It is high time to discuss the ingredients found in the formula of Belviq tablets.
The product is formulated to be an appetite suppressant. It works by influencing the brain, to be more exact, by activating certain receptors in the human brain. This allows the neurotransmitter serotonin to start working. Serotonin leads to the feeling of satiety, even if you have an empty stomach. As a result, you will feel less hungry. In addition, this very neurotransmitter is responsible for good mood. Unfortunately, the official website of the company does not provide detailed information about the ingredients in the supplement, which is the first red flag. So, we had to do our own research.
We have found out that the chemical found in the Belviq formula is referred to as (1R)-8-chloro-1-methyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepine. Actually, this is a selective 5-HT2C receptor agonist. It is responsible for activating receptors in the user’s brain (hypothalamus) that further activates the production of proopiomelanocortin (POMC). It is a precursor polypeptide with 266 amino acid residues. This substance makes the user feel satisfied for them not to eat that much. There is lack of clinical evidence to back up these claims. The active ingredient in the product is badly studied. This does not allow us to determine how effective and safe Belviq is. Let us take a look at possible side effects the supplement may cause.
The manufacturer of Belviq does not say anything about possible side effects of the product on their official website. But the truth is that is can be dangerous for most users. Common side effects may include constipation, nausea, headache, dry mouth, dizziness, or tiredness. If any of these symptoms persists, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Tell your doctor if you notice any of the next serious side effects: easy bruising or bleeding, abnormal breast milk production, enlarged breasts, mental or mood changes (such as depression, confusion, thoughts of suicide, difficulty with attention, unusual agitation, memory problems), twitching or shaking muscles, unexplained fever, fast/slow/ irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, swelling feet/ankles/ hands. If you are taking any diabetes medications, be aware that lorcaserin can increase the risk for low blood sugar. Symptoms of the condition may include dizziness, shaking, sudden sweating, fast heartbeat, blurred vision, hunger, or tingling hands/feet. Some males may have a prolonged (more than four hours) or painful erection. If this occurs, stop using this supplement and get medical aid right away. Few users experience a very serious allergic reaction to this medication. However, you are recommended to get medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: severe dizziness, rash, trouble breathing, itching or swelling (of the tongue, face or throat).
There are quite many customer reviews about Belviq on third-party websites but not all users are happy with their results. For example, one woman writes that she started taking the supplement July 6 2018. She was taking it for one week and experienced dizziness and headaches. The woman also suffered from extreme fatigue. The product did not help her to lose any weight. Another user reports that he used a "card" available on the Belviq official website. It brought the price of the product down from over $300 to $98.00. The man had been taking the product for ten days and the only difference he felt was dizziness and being very tired. He didn't feel full or anything of the kind, so he had to stop taking it. It's not worth the usage. Let us take a look at the actual users' reviews available online.
"I read bad reviews about Belviq but I decided to try it anyway, which was a big mistake of mine. I realize that not everyone has had the effects I had but I want to share what I went through. On the first day I felt dizziness, foggy headed, and nausea. The next day I was very tired and had extreme headache in addition to the symptoms of the first day. The third day I took Advil to reduce headache, dizziness and nausea. On day four I noticed chills and hot flashes. On the fifth day I started feeling agitated and insecure. On the sixth day I was crying all day long. On day seven I got depressive dark thoughts and finally put an end to taking this poison!"
"I am a 36 year-old female, 155 pounds, 5'2". I have high blood pressure. My doctor recommended Belviq but I had a terrible experience with it. Within just one week I suffered from the following side effects: insomnia, headache, chills, hot flashes, diarrhea, pains in my legs, fogginess, memory problems, sore throat, sores in my mouth. I went to urgent care, where I was given a steroid shot to reduce sore throat. I was down to 148 pounds. I don't think that this result is worth my sufferings."
"Belviq is a poor product for weight loss. It didn't work for me. I lost 0 lbs after a week of using it as recommended. I suffered from such side effects as cramps and runny nose. I could no longer exercise. I cannot recommend this expensive and dangerous product. Avoid it!"
The product can be ordered from the official website of the manufacturer or from some retail stores. It is a very expensive drug and costs about $300 per bottle with sixty tablets.
Based on what we have learnt about Belviq (lorcaserin HCl) it can hardly be called a worthy weight-loss supplement. It has too many disadvantages. These tablets do not appear to be effective in terms of losing weight. They are associated with a great number of dangerous side effects. According to the customer reviews, almost all users suffer from these or those side effects. Besides, the product is very expensive and not easily accessible. Even though Belviq (lorcaserin HCl) is approved by the FDA, I cannot recommend this dangerous drug to usage.