New Weight Loss Drug Approved by FDA

Talk with your health care provider before taking any diet pill (source: cohdra/morguefile)

It’s been over 10 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a weight loss pill.  But this week, the FDA approved a new product called Belviq to help patients lose weight and improve their health.  But is the drug right for you?

How does Belviq work?

Mark Bixby, MD, medical director of Clinic Services at North Memorial explains how the new diet pill works.  “Belviq activates a brain chemical that makes a person feel full after eating smaller amounts of food, thereby helping them to lose weight.”   He adds that the medication is designed to be used as part of a comprehensive program that includes a healthy diet and exercise .

Who should take Belviq?

Belviq is currently approved for the weight management of patients with a body mass index of 30 or greater, or for those with a BMI of 27 or greater and who have a weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.  Dr. Bixby suggests that anyone who might be interested in taking Belviq should start by having a discussion with a medical professional.

“There are reasons some people should not take this drug and interactions with other medications. As always, you should have a thorough discussion with your trusted health care provider about this and other ways to lose weight.”

Find out more about whether this treatment may be right for you by talking to your health care provider at North Memorial Medical Center.   Start by assessing your BMI and then discuss the best way for you to start a weight loss program.  Visit the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website for more information.

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