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Belviq XR is a medicine used with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for weight loss in people who are obese or are overweight and have weight-related medical problems. Belviq XR is an extended-release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day).
Belviq XR is a federally controlled substance because it may be abused and lead to drug dependence.
How does this medication work?
Belviq XR is thought to work by targeting a hunger receptor in the brain, thereby helping you feel satisfied with less food.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Belviq XR, along with diet and exercise, may improve health risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol levels.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Belviq XR exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice a reduction in your weight after you start taking Belviq XR. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well Belviq XR is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects in people without diabetes may include: headache, dizziness, tiredness, nausea, dry mouth, constipation.
More common side effects in people with diabetes may include: low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough, tiredness.
Less common side effects of Belviq XR may include:
Serotonin syndrome (a potentially life-threatening drug reaction that causes the body to have too much serotonin, a chemical produced by the nerve cells) or neuroleptic malignant syndrome-like reactions, with symptoms such as mental status changes (such as agitation, hallucinations, or confusion), coordination problems, uncontrolled muscle spasms, muscle twitching, restlessness, racing or fast heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, sweating or fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or muscle rigidity.
Valvular heart disease, with symptoms such as trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, tiredness, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat.
Mental health problems, including hallucinations, feeling high or in a very good mood, feelings of standing next to yourself or out of your body, or depression or thoughts of suicide. Pay attention to any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
Low blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes who also take medicines to treat their diabetes. Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes who also take medicines to treat their diabetes.
Painful erections that last more than 6 hours. If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours, whether it is painful or not, stop using Belviq XR and call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
Decreased red and white blood cell counts. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your blood cell counts while you are taking Belviq XR.
Increase in prolactin (a certain hormone your body makes), with symptoms such as milky discharge from your breasts or if you are a male and your breasts begin to increase in size.
Belviq XR may also cause your heart to beat slower.
Do not take Belviq XR if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Belviq XR if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Belviq XR. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; have a condition such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia; have a deformed penis, Peyronie's disease, or ever had an erection that lasted more than 4 hours; have kidney or liver problems; have or have had heart problems (including congestive heart failure, heat valve problems, or a slow heart beat or heart block); or are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 20 milligrams once a day.
Take Belviq XR exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Belviq XR without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Swallow Belviq XR tablets whole; do not chew, crush, or divide the tablets.
Take Belviq XR with or without food.
Stay on your prescribed diet and exercise program while you are taking Belviq XR.
Your healthcare provider should tell you to stop taking Belviq XR if you do not lose a certain amount of weight within the first 12 weeks of treatment.
Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Belviq XR affects you.
If Belviq XR is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Belviq XR may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Do not take Belviq XR during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Belviq XR, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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