FDA Approves Lorcaserin: First New Diet Drug in 13 Years

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On June 30, 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced its approval to market the weight loss drug lorcaserin for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or people who have a BMI of 27 or higher with health risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

The last time the FDA approved a weight loss drug was in 1999 for Xenical.

Lorcaserin should not be confused with Qnexa, another new diet pill waiting for approval from the FDA.

How much weight can you expect to lose on lorcaserin?

In one clinical trial, 22.6 percent of lorcaserin patients lost 10 percent of their body weight compared to 7.7 percent for those on a placebo, according to Forbes. Other trials were completed with similar results.

Health Risks

Like most diet pills, there are concerns about some heart disease risk; however, many health experts feel the risks of diet pills are outweighed by the fact that obesity also causes life-threatening heath conditions such as diabestes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Other health experts advise that diet pills are only a temporary solution to a problem that needs a permanent solution. They advise that people who are overweight or obese need to make permanent lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep it off. These lifestyle changes should include changes in diet and changes to include regular exercise.

Is taking prescription diet pills worth the risk? What do you think?

Would you be willing to put your health at risk by taking a new diet pill? Do you think it’s best to lose weight by making lifestyle changes?


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