Weight loss drug Belviq approved by FDA gives hope to obese people aroud the world. But its results would be very slow says Dr. Syyed Ubaidussalam of NVONews.Com
Now there may be a new style of weight loss instead of diet restrictions, heavy exercise and other methods that are difficult to do regularly by common people.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug, which provides a new option for obese and over weight people. The new drug developed by Arena Pharmaceuticals is known as Belviq.
Belviq is the first drug to reach the market from Arena, which was founded in 1997. Its stock price has more than quadrupled in the last two months, with much of the gain coming after an advisory committee to the F.D.A. recommended approval of Belviq by a vote of 18 to 4 on May 10.
You should know that belviq will not act with a single or some multiple doses but its effect is very slow. You may loose 5.8 percent of your weight after one year. However, some 23 percent of the patients using Belviq lost at least 10 percent of their body weight.
This drug is an appetite controller, as it activates the serotonin 2C in the brain, which makes people feel full. As other drugs, belviq will have a label that will advise people to discontinue if they fail to lose five percent of their body weight after 12 weeks of treatment.
You may need to know the side effects of this new drug. As it activates serotonin 2C receptor in the brain it may cause some serious side effects if taken with medicines of migraine and depression. This may also cause disturbed memory and attention. Headache, dizziness, fatigue, constipation, nausea and dry mouth may be some side effects in patients who are not diabetic. And the persons who are diabetic may suffer from cough, back pain, headache, fatigue and low blood sugar.
The last drug which was approved for weight loss in U.S. was Xenical in 1999 sold by GlaxoSmithKline and lost its popularity due to gastrointestinal side effects.
In case there is a problem of very long treatment with a very less weight loss. A 91 kilogram person might lose just 2.7 kg in a year and that is so insignificant. Michael Aziz of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City says “I think people should also implement lifestyle changes because the fact is, people can lose one pound a week and that is perfectly healthy.”