Belviq is a brand name form of the drug, Lorcaserin HCL, which is a prescription drug used to promote weight loss. This drug had some initial difficulty getting approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This was due to tumors found in lab rats during the animal trials with this drug. This drug was denied approval by the FDA in 2010. However, research continued, and the drug gained FDA approval in the year 2012. There are still some concerns about other side effects, especially those that affect the valves of the heart, but it has been approved and is available by prescription. Let’s get into the details of how this drug helps obese individuals to lose weight.
What is Lorcaserin?
Lorcaserin HCl and its brand name, Belviq, are thought to work through the suppression of appetite. Lorcaserin is a serotonin receptor agonist. It is thought this mechanism of action helps to “tell us” that we feel more full and satisfied than we actually are at the time. This can help individuals with the intense cravings that come along with dieting.
As mentioned above, this is a prescription medication used to help in the treatment of obesity. Obesity can cause a wide variety of other health complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even premature death. As with most weight loss medications, this prescription requires the user to diet and exercise if they want to lose weight. This means major lifestyle changes. If patients want to be successful with this drug, then they will need to reduce their daily caloric intake and try to get in some physical activity each day. It can not be stressed enough that you must engage in more exercise and regulate your diet. Both lifestyle changes must be made. Many people choose to make alterations to their diet, but they do not engage in regular exercise. Exercise will be one of your biggest allies in the fight against unwanted fat. Look into local gyms or groups that may help you to stay active. Find friends and peers with similar weight loss goals to help keep each other motivated.
What is the Difference Between Belviq and Phentermine?
The biggest difference between Belviq and Phentermine Hydrochloride is the active ingredient. Belviq uses Lorcaserin, while Phentermine Hydrochloride is a completely different drug. Both, however, are believed to suppress appetite and help obese individuals to eat less throughout the day. Another major difference is that Belviq is traditionally taken twice daily with meals, while Phentermine is generally taken once daily around breakfast time. While Phentermine dosages can vary, and some individuals take smaller doses throughout the day, patients are generally prescribed a 37.5 mg dosage to be taken once in the morning.
Can I get Belviq Without a Prescription?
No. You can not get Belviq without a doctor or nurse practitioner’s prescription. While you may be able to find a friend who has this drug, it would be illegal as well as dangerous to take this without a prescription and not under the direct supervision of a medical health professional. People who share prescriptions are not only breaking the law; they are also putting the other person at huge risk to take a prescription drug without doctor approval and/or supervision. These drugs are not safe for everyone and they can come along with some pretty serious and even dangerous side effects. This is why it’s so important to get a doctor’s prescription and to communicate fully with them about any and all side effects that you experience while using this drug.
Another method that many people are turning to in order to get drugs without a prescription is online. Please be aware of the dangers of this practice. You stand to risk your freedom, your health, and your life. First of all, it is illegal to even possess and consume any prescription drug without an actual prescription. If you are caught doing this, you stand to face criminal charges. The individual who is selling or distributing prescription drugs without a license is also at risk of major trouble – more so than someone who is merely possessing this drug. Someone doing this can even be sent to prison for years, so it is simply not something that should ever be done.
If the risk of legal ramifications is not enough, then please be aware of the dangers to safety that this kind of practice poses. First of all, if you buy this drug on the street or online, you really have no way of knowing exactly what you are getting. You could be getting a totally different drug that could pose major dangers to your health and your life. Even still, if you successfully obtain Belviq in an illegal manner, you can still be at risk from the side effects of this drug. Without supervision from a doctor or nurse practitioner, you can not properly monitor the side effects or make a determination if this drug is dangerous for you. It is simply not worth risking your freedom, your health, or your life. After all, you can’t lose weight and get your life back in control if you are dead. Please stay safe and never try to obtain prescription drugs illegally. There are plenty of other options if you can’t get a prescription.
What are the Side Effects of Belviq?
As mentioned above, Belviq can come along with some major side effects. Let’s discuss all of the side effects that you should be speaking with your doctor about.
- Dry mouth
Remember to keep in communication with your doctor about these side effects if you experience them, especially if they worsen. The following side effects are more dangerous. If you experience them, you should halt use of Belviq immediately and seek medical treatment.
- Bruising and/or bleeding easily
- Enlarged breasts
- Production of breast milk
- Changes in mood and/or mental state (confusion, depression, suicidal thoughts, easy agitation, or difficulty with attention and/or memory)
- Muscle shakes or twitches
- Shortness of breath
- Fast or irregular heart beat
- Swelling in extremities (hands, feet, ankles)
- Symptoms of low blood sugar, especially if taking diabetes medications (sweating, shaking, irregular heart beat, dizziness, intense hunger, blurry vision, or tingling in your hands or feet)
- Painful or prolonged erection (lasting longer than 4 hours)
- Allergic reaction (itching, swelling, rash, swelling or itching of the face, mouth, throat, or tongue, extreme dizziness, and trouble breathing)
Remember that these side effects can be dangerous or even fatal if not addressed. If you experience any of these, stop taking Belviq immediately and consult your physician or an Emergency Care center if during off hours. Remember to put your safety and health first. Best of luck to you while on your weight loss journey! Never lose the faith that you can reach success!
Over the Counter Alternatives
If you are unable to get a prescription for a weight loss medicine, then it may be beneficial to talk with your doctor about some other over the counter options like PhenoFen 37.5. This is an all natural supplement that is intended to help keep your appetite down, increase energy, and boost weight loss. As with any supplement, always talk with your doctor before adding to your daily dietary intake. You’re not alone in your weight loss pursuit. Don’t give up, and make sure to incorporate exercise into your plan of action. You can do it!
Belviq. (n.d.). Retrieved from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-164439/belviq-oral/details#side-effects
Lorcaserin. (n.d.). Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorcaserin