Belviq – The First FDA Approved Weight Loss Drug In 10 Years
Posted Jun 11 2013 12:00am
Belviq is the first new drug approved for weight loss in over a decade. So what makes this drug SO different? Belviq makes you feel full by influencing your serotonin transmitters. Although this is the first in 10 years, it’s not a miracle cure.
CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips said on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” that positive reaction from the drug is linked to satiety because when you “feel full, you eat less, and then we see the weight loss.” She also said that it is not for anyone looking to lose weight; you have to fit into one of two categories.
Philips said that the drug was considered to be effective, and people who took the drug lost around 3.7 percent of their body weight over the year. She also said that in studies the drug worked better in non-diabetics than people who already were diagnosed with that disease.
While this isn’t a cure all. It could be a huge deal to people who have serious obesity issues. From the health perspective, if you are seriously over weight and you lose 5 percent of your total body weight, that could mean huge changes in your overall health.