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Belviq is a medicine used along with diet and exercise for long-term weight management.
Belviq is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.
How does this medication work?
Belviq 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, along with diet and exercise, may improve health risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol levels. In studies, 47.1% of people taking Belviq lost 5% or more of their body weight after 1 year of treatment, compared with those using diet and exercise alone.
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 exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may begin to notice weight loss after beginning treatment with Belviq. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions regarding your weight.
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 non-diabetic patients may include: headache, dizziness, tiredness, nausea, dry mouth, constipation.
More common side effects in diabetic patients may include: low blood sugar levels, headache, back pain, cough, tiredness.
Less common side effects of Belviq 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 or hallucinations), an increase in your heart rate and body temperature, changes in your blood pressure, lack of coordination, overactive reflexes, muscle rigidity, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
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, with symptoms such as hallucinations, feeling high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing next to yourself or out of your body.
Increase in prolactin levels, with symptoms such as milky discharge from your breasts or if you are a male and your breasts begin to increase in size.
Belviq may also cause a slower heartbeat, changes in your attention or memory, depression or thoughts of suicide, painful erections, or decreased blood cell counts.
Do not take Belviq if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Belviq 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. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; kidney or liver problems; a condition such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia; a deformed penis, Peyronie's disease, or ever had an erection that lasted more than 4 hours; have or have had heart problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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 10 milligrams twice a day.
Take Belviq exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Belviq without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Belviq with or without food.
Notify your healthcare provider immediately if you do not notice any weight loss within the first 12 weeks of treatment.
Your healthcare provider may start you on a diet and exercise program when you start taking Belviq. Stay on this program while you are taking Belviq.
Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Belviq affects you.
Do not become pregnant while taking Belviq.
If Belviq is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Belviq with the following: bupropion; certain antidepressants (such as fluoxetine, venlafaxine, or amitriptyline); certain migraine medicines (such as zolmitriptan); dextromethorphan; lithium; monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of medications used to treat depression and other conditions (such as phenelzine, tranylcypromine, or linezolid); St. John's wort; tramadol; or tryptophan.
Do not take Belviq 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, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, 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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