The FDA has approved a brand new pill for people who want to lose weight. The drug appeared to be safe enough in clinical studies to get the FDA endorsement. However, the FDA told physician to prescribe the new anti-obesity pill Belviq, to patients who at least have one medical complication such as high blood pressure – Hypertension – or Diabetes.
The weight loss pill seems very exciting and promising especially with U.S. obesity rates nearing 35 percent of the adult population. Due to this staggering number, many physicians in the US called on the FDA to approve new weight loss treatments.
How does the pill work?
Good question, the pill does not burn your fat, but it works in a complex chemical pathway that sends signals to the brain telling to reduce appetite by boosting feelings of satiety and fullness.
What are the side effects?
The side effects are minimal according to the FDA. But people on the pill may experience depression, migraine and memory lapses. People are advised to contact their primary physician whenever they experience one of these side effects.
Who made the pill?
The the Pharmaceutical company that made the weight loss pill is Arena Pharmaceutical’s based in San Diego.
Who is eligible for the pill?
Men or women who at least have one medical complications such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, and type 2 diabetes. The Patient also must be obese or overweight.