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What is Belviq and what does it treat?

Lorcaserin hydrochloride, known by the brand name Belviq, is a drug that was prescribed to help with weight loss, general appetite control, and to help treat obesity. The drug was approved in the summer of 2012, and was recalled in February 2020. 

How does Belviq work?

Belviq is a medication that is known as a serotonin 2C receptor agonist. This drug was created to help treat chronically obese patients by inducing weight loss while, at the same time, inducing changes in eating behaviors. In the past, Belviq was most often use to help treat those that were overweight and often, who had additional weight-related conditions (such as hypertension or diabetes). 

What are some of Belviq’s side effects?

Taking Belviq has lead to a number of side effects, often varying in severity from minimal to needing serious medical attention. These reported side effects have included:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Respiratory issues
  • And more.

Why was Belviq recalled? 

In 2020, the FDA announced safety concerns surrounding the drug and some worrisome side effects. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that the manufacturer of Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) voluntarily withdraw the weight-loss drug from the U.S. market because a safety clinical trial shows an increased occurrence of cancer. The drug manufacturer, Eisai Inc,. has submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug.”

What should you do if you’ve suffered injuries from taking Belviq?

If you or someone you know has taken Belviq and suffered harm, you may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. 

Especially if you or a loved one has developed cancer or suffered serious side effects, it’s important that you reach out to a lawyer that can help you to look into your options and pursue your rights. Often, these can include the recovery of lost wages, help with medical expenses, and compensation for pain and suffering, among others.

Navigating these kinds of cases can be tricky, which is why you need a lawyer you can trust.

Who specifically can file a lawsuit?

Anyone who has developed cancer in their lungs, pancreas or colon after using Belviq for at least 6 months may be eligible to file a suit. However, victims should typically be diagnosed with cancer within a 7-year window of taking the drug. 

Likewise, if families would like to file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one, they should do so within 18 months of their passing in order to be effective. 

An Attorney at Zaner Harden Law can help to protect your rights and fight for you.

Call Zaner Harden Law for a free and confidential consultation at (303) 558-6221, or complete our Free Case Evaluation Form and we’ll reach out to you.