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What Are 3 Belviq Alternatives?

July 20, 2020 In Belviq Recall

Weight loss is a sensitive topic, and many of us try to improve our health through lifestyle changes and medical interventions, such as prescription drugs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently recalled one common weight loss drug, Belviq, due to studies suggesting an increased cancer risk.

This recall leaves former Belviq patients wondering what alternatives are available to treat their condition. Multiple weight loss drugs exist on the market, but like all medications, each option carries its own set of risks and potential side effects. If you were diagnosed with cancer after taking the now recalled medication, our Belviq lawsuit attorneys can help you. We take clients nationwide, call Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation. 

Belviq Alternatives

#1: Contrave

Contrave is the brand name of a combination of bupropion, an antidepressant, and naltrexone, an addiction treatment. Both of these drugs have appetite-suppressing properties, which can help people who struggle with losing weight through traditional methods alone.

Side effects of Contrave may include the following.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Headache

In tandem with a healthy diet and regular exercise, Contrave may help patients lose weight. However, you should not take this drug if you are pregnant, have certain health conditions like high blood pressure or epilepsy, or are allergic to either bupropion or naltrexone. This drug is also dangerous if a patient takes it with alcohol, narcotic medication, or high-fat meals. 

#2: Phentermine

Phentermine is an effective weight loss drug that operates in a similar way as amphetamines. The drug stimulates the central nervous system to reduce appetite and increase heart rate. As such, this drug is not appropriate for people with a history of heart disease, severe high blood pressure, a history of drug abuse, and other medical conditions. 

Side effects of phentermine may include the following.

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Increased or decreased libido
  • Itching
  • Dry mouth

Phentermine is not appropriate for pregnant patients or anyone who is allergic to it. If a patient feels short of breath or has chest pain, tremors, heart palpitations, or increased blood pressure, he or she should visit an emergency room immediately. Phentermine may also lead to addiction, so it is important to speak to a doctor to determine if this medication is a potential hazard.

#3: Liraglutide

While not an appetite suppressant or weight loss medication, liraglutide is a drug that may help patients with weight-related underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Liraglutide helps control insulin production and blood sugar levels, as well as digestive processes.

One brand of liraglutide, Saxenda, is similar in chemical composition to a naturally-occurring hormone. Patients can inject this medication and, in tandem with diet and exercise, can see weight loss results in the process. 

Side effects of liraglutide include the following.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

Liraglutide may not be appropriate for patients with a history of stomach or heart problems, kidney or liver disease, suicidal thoughts, diabetic ketoacidosis, or high triglyceride levels. Patients should seek medical attention immediately if they experience severe side effects, such as a pounding heartbeat or symptoms of a thyroid tumor. 

Are You a Former Belviq Patient?

The FDA recalled Belviq due to its potential harm to patients, and many alternative medications may also pose risks if you have certain underlying conditions. If you are using Belviq, stop using it immediately and speak to your doctor about possible alternatives. Remember, you should always consult with a medical professional before trying a new medication.

If you developed cancer after using Belviq for a period of at least six months, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact a Belviq recall lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. We help clients nationwide.