Any doctor will tell you there is no safe “magic pill” to help you shed the pounds. The weight loss phenomenon Sensa has been making headline rounds the last few years. It claims you can lose up to 30 pounds in 6 months and still eat everything you want by using flavored “tastants” on your food. However, because it’s considered a food product, FDA approval is not required for it. So, you are taking the “tastants” at your own risk.
The last FDA-approved weight loss drug that was considered a “miracle” was called fen-phen. This drug was yanked from the market in September 1997 after numerous reports of stroke, heart attack, and other serious medical ailments were attributed to taking the prescription. The FDA was left with a black mark on its record, and since then has implemented extremely strict standards when it comes to approving weight loss drugs for public consumption.
That’s what makes the organization’s approval this week of a new weight loss pill, called Belvig, so newsworthy. This prescription-only drug may offer hope to those who say weight loss plans, supplements, and exercise have failed them.
Dr. Louis Aronne who works at the Weill Cornell Medical Center says, “It can double, triple, the number of people who can lose 10 percent or more of their body weight in conjunction with a diet program.”
Those are encouraging numbers for anyone hoping to lose a significant amount of weight, yet doctors still advise starting your weight loss journey with cutting calories and daily exercise.
Even after other means of weight loss have failed, this is not a drug that should be taken by the average, overweight adult. According to FDA advisers, there are still concerns the drug could damage heart valves and cause breast or brain tumors, which were side effects seen in animal studies.
Encouraging news is that the clinical trial testing helped one woman, Lisa Sutter, lose 20% of her body fat. Since stopping the drug, she has gained all the weight back. She’s now looking forward to the drug being made public, and she’s hopeful her doctor will write her a prescription for Belvig. (Check out the video of her story, below.)
For those who suffer from obesity and other weight-related medical conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, Belvig could be the “magic” pill you’ve been waiting for. The FDA says, “The most common side effects of Belviq in non-diabetic patients are headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation, and in diabetic patients are low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.”
Only you and your doctor can determine the best course of action for your long term health. Click here to read the whole article.