What is Belviq? How does Belviq work?

Belviq (Lorcaserin) is a weight loss drug and a diet pill approved by the FDA in 2012 and was launched in the U.S. in June 2013. Eisai is the manufacturer of both Belviq and Belviq XR (the extended release). Doctors prescribed Belviq as a weight loss drug for adults who were obese or overweight and couldn’t lose weight with diet and exercise alone.

The drug is to be used with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. The diet drug lorcaserin helps people lose weight by increasing a person’s feeling of being full so that she eats less.

A normal BMI is considered to be 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m². Doctors prescribed the diet pill to people with the following BMI:

  • 30 kg/m² or greater (considered to be obese)
  • 27 kg/m² or greater (considered to be overweight) when the patient also has other weight-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes

Belviq Cancer Lawsuit

The lawyers of Laminack, Pirtle & Martines are actively reviewing cases of individuals who took Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin) and have been diagnosed with cancer. We’re also taking cases with family members of loved ones who took the weight loss drug and died from cancer. We’re filing lawsuits against the manufacturer of Belviq for failing to properly study and evaluate Belviq and providing misleading information about the safety of the diet pill.

Please call our attorneys at 833-791-7999.

Belviq side effects

A clinical study with 12,000 people using the diet pill showed an increased risk of cancer including:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Other cancers

FDA Removes Belviq from US market

On January 14, 2020, the FDA issued a public alert about a clinical trial with Belviq and Belviq XR (lorcaserin). In the 5-year trial, patients showed a possible increase risk of cancer. The FDA said it would continue to evaluate the results and would communicate its final conclusion when it completed its review. On February 13, 2020, the FDA asked Eisai, the manufacturer of Belviq and Belviq XR (lorcaserin), to voluntarily withdraw the diet pill from the U.S. market because the clinical trials showed an increased rick of cancer. When the FDA originally approved lorcaserin in 2012, it required Eisai to conduct a clinical trial to evaluate the risk of cardiovascular problems. Instead of showing cardiovascular problems, the clinical trial showed an increased risk of different type of cancers including pancreatic, colorectal, and lung. The results showed more patients taking lorcaserin or Belviq were diagnosed with cancer than those on the placebo. The increase in rate was one additional cancer diagnosis per 470 patients. The study noted the increase in cancer using Belviq came after the patients had used the diet pill for more than a year.

The FDA said, “We are taking this action because we believe that the risks of lorcaserin outweigh its benefits based on our completed review of results from a randomized clinical trial assessing safety.”

The FDA told doctors to stop prescribing the weight loss drug, contact their patients and tell them to stop taking it. FDA offered instructions for disposing of the drug safely

Experienced Diet Drug Attorneys

Attorneys at Laminack, Pirtle & Martines are experienced in personal injury lawsuits, and they’ve been at the forefront of many large jury verdicts.

In 2004, attorneys Rick Laminack, Tom Pirtle & Buffy Martines were key players in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the diet drug fen-phen. The case involved a mother who died of lung disease after taking the diet drug Pondimin. The jury awarded the wife’s family more than $1 billion, the largest personal injury award in history (at the time of the award).

In the last 40 years, attorneys for Laminack, Pirtle & Martines have tried and won dozens of other pharmaceutical and medical device cases. LPM trial lawyers won two of the first jury trials awarding damages to women injured by silicone breast implants, resulting in jury verdicts of more than $60,000,000.

Please contact our attorneys to discuss a Belviq lawsuite against the manufacturer of the diet drug. Please call 833-791-7999 to speak to a lawyer today.

What’s the difference between Belviq, Belviq XR and Lorcaserin?

Lorcaserin is the drug’s medical name.  Belviq is the brand name and how it is marketed by its manufacturer, Eisai, Inc.   Belviq XR is an extended-release form of Belviq prescribed as one daily dose as opposed to twice daily.


What should I do if I’m taking Belviq?

The FDA recommends patients stop taking Belviq and talk to their doctors about other weight-loss medicines or programs.  Belviq tablets should be taken to a drug take back location.  If you can’t get to a location, the FDA recommends:

  • Mixing Belviq tablets with an unappealing substance such as dirt or cat litter. Do not crush them.
  • Put the mixture in a sealed bag.
  • Throw the bag in your home trash.
  • Remove all labeling from the bottles and then recycle as appropriate

If you’ve taken Belviq and had side effects, the FDA recommends you report your issues to the FDA MedWatch program.

What’s the process for hiring a Belviq lawyer? And does a Belviq attorney do for me?

If you’ve taken a Belviq and then developed cancer, you could be eligible for financial compensation to help with your medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages and earning capabilities and other punitive and compensatory damages.  Our Belviq cancer lawyers are ready to answer your questions. There is no obligation when you call. Your Belviq case will be handled individually by one of our experienced trial attorneys.  You will not be put into a class action lawsuit. The first step in the process is to contact our office through the chat window, 1-833-791-7999, or our contact form on this Belviq website.

We’ll ask you a few questions about taking Belviq and your cancer diagnosis to get started. Our Belviq lawyers will walk you through the process.  There are no upfront costs to hiring a Belviq attorney.  We don’t get paid until we win your case. Our attorneys have proven courtroom experience.  We’ve won major cases against pharmaceutical companies for a previous diet drug. We also won two jury cases for women injured by silicone breast implants.

Why did the FDA ask the Belviq manufacturer to remove the drug from the market?

The FDA asked Eisai, the manufacturer of Belviq and Belviq XR, to voluntarily withdrawal the weight-loss pill because a randomized safety clinical trial showed an increase risk of cancer.   The FDA believes the risk of taking Belviq outweighs the benefit of the weight loss drug.

The safety trial was conducted as a requirement when the FDA approved the drug in 2012.  The trial was to evaluate the risk of cardiovascular problems.  Instead of finding heart problems, the trial showed people who took the weight loss drug Belviq had an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer

Common side effects of taking Belviq

In addition to the cancer risk, Belviq has other common side effects including:

  • Low blood sugar
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Toothache
  • Anxiety
  • Cough
  • Blurred Vision
  • Pain in the back or muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

The FDA is tracking the safety and side effects of Belviq. The FDA encourages medical professionals and consumers who used the drug to report side effects, cancer and any issues related to Belviq to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

References

Safety clinical trial shows possible increased risk of cancer with weight-loss medicine Belviq Belviq XR (lorcaserin) https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/safety-clinical-trial-shows-possible-increased-risk-cancer-weight-loss-medicine-belviq-belviq-xr

FDA requests the withdrawal of the weight loss-rug Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) from the market.   https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-requests-withdrawal-weight-loss-drug-belviq-belviq-xr-lorcaserin-market

Belviq.com https://www.belviq.com/

Belviq Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-164439/belviq-oral/details/list-sideeffects

BELVIQ Cancer Risk, Dangers, and Side Effects In The NEWS

January 14th, 2020 – Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin): Drug Safety Communication – Due to Possible Increased Risk of Cancer

January 15th, 2020FDA Issues Cancer Warning Over Weight-Loss Drug Belviq.   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the weight-loss drug Belviq, and its once-daily formulation Belviq XR, carry a possible increased risk of cancer.

January 16th, 2020 – The prescription weight control medicine lorcaserin (Belviq, Belviq XR) may increase the risk of cancer, according to the results of a clinical trial assessing the safety of the drug, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

February 13th, 2020 – Lorcaserin Pulled From Market Following FDA Cancer Warning. After the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication concerning their weight-loss add-on lorcaserin (BELVIQ, BELVIQ XR), Eisai Inc. announced they were removing the treatment and lorcaserin would no longer be sold in the US market.

February 13th, 2020 – Weight Loss Drug Belviq Being Taken Off Shelves Due to Cancer Concerns . The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the manufacturer of the weight loss medication Belviq and Belviq XR have agreed to a voluntary withdrawal of the drugs after research indicated the drugs could raise the risk of several types of cancer.

February 13th, 2020 – The weight management medicine Belviq (chemical name: lorcaserin), also available as Belviq XR, seems to be linked to an increase in cancer risk, according to an announcement on Jan. 14, 2020, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

February 13th, 2020 – Lorcaserin Pulled From Market Following FDA Cancer Warning. After the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication concerning their weight-loss add-on lorcaserin (BELVIQ, BELVIQ XR), Eisai Inc. announced they were removing the treatment and lorcaserin would no longer be sold in the US market.

February 13th, 2020 – Weight Loss Drug Belviq Being Taken Off Shelves Due to Cancer Concerns . The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the manufacturer of the weight loss medication Belviq and Belviq XR have agreed to a voluntary withdrawal of the drugs after research indicated the drugs could raise the risk of several types of cancer.

February 14th, 2020Weight Loss Drug Belviq Pulled From Market After FDA Identifies Potential Cancer Risk. Eisai Inc., the maker of Belviq and Belviq XR (lorcaserin) said in a February 13, 2020, statement that it is voluntarily withdrawing the drugs.

February 17th, 2020Weight Loss Drug Belviq Found to Increase Cancer Risk, Pulled from Shelves. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that weight loss drug lorcaserin (Belviq) be withdrawn from the shelves after clinical trial data suggested that it increased the risk of cancer.

February 20th, 2020 – Based on a recently completed analysis of data from the CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 trial, Eisai, the manufacturer of Belviq (lorcaserin HCl) and Belviq XR (lorcaserin HCl extended-release), has decided to withdraw both weight-loss agents from the market.

February 20th, 2020 – Obesity is a chronic health condition that affects more than one in three Americans. Some individuals struggling with weight issues might not get benefited from regular physical activity and a healthy eating plan alone and their doctors might prescribe medications as part of their weight-control program. The U.S. FDA had approved orlistat (Xenical, Alli), lorcaserin (Belviq), phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia), naltrexone-bupropion (Contrave), and liraglutide (Saxenda) for long-term use. But, following the results of a recent safety trial, the FDA has issued a warning that lorcaserin (Belviq) might increase one’s risk of cancer. Read more.

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Contact Belviq Attorneys

The attorneys of Laminack, Pirtle & Martines are actively reviewing cases of individuals who took Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin) and have been diagnosed with cancer. We’re also taking cases with family members of loved ones who took the weight loss drug and died from cancer. We’re filing lawsuits against the manufacturer of Belviq for failing to properly study and evaluate Belviq and providing misleading information about the safety of the diet pill. Please contact us at 833-791-7999.

 

 

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